Audrey’s First Day

Precious Audrey

Precious Audrey

I know many of you have been waiting anxiously for a report on how the Leslie family is doing. Rachel and Chris send their heartfelt thanks for your prayers and your thoughts. They are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and concern for them and for Audrey. 

They have spent time with Audrey regularly throughout yesterday and this morning. The hospital staff has been incredible about the access Rachel, Chris and Cooper have had to Audrey in the NICU.

Rachel is doing incredible. She is feeling very good and says that the pain from the c-section is easy compared to the pain she experienced during pregnancy. She even walked to NICU and back this morning!

It is incredibly hard for Rachel and Chris to leave Audrey when it is time to go back to her room. The desperate need and desire to be near her child is a pain all mothers and fathers can understand. Pray for their strength through this.

Audrey has many uncertainties surrounding her and what is to come. They are doing more genetic testing on her to gain clarity on some of her physical concerns. Some of those results will not be back for 3 weeks. And so, they wait.

They performed an ultrasound on Audrey’s head this morning that confirmed Dandy Walker Malformation.

Here is a good place for us all to place our prayers and energy: Audrey’s heart is performing better than expected. The defect is still there that will require surgery when she is bigger and stronger, but if the valve continues to hold its own the way it is, medicine will not be required to help it function. This all means that if all goes well with Audrey, Rachel and Chris will be able to hold Audrey and provide “kangaroo care” MUCH sooner than they had expected!

One obstacle to this is the port to which they provide Audrey nourishment, medicine & draw blood. Right now it is in her umbilical cord. This umbilical line is the way in which they are providing these necessary lifelines to her right now. It can only remain there for 7 days, then it must move to a location on either an arm or a leg – what they call a PICC line. With a PICC line, Rachel and Chris would be one step closer to holding Audrey. They have been trying to get a PICC line placed all day with no success. They have maxed out their opportunities to attempt a successful line and now have to let Audrey recover for about 3 days then reevaluate. Again, if they can successfully gain this new port of entry, it will be more likely that they can hold her at that point.

Here is the small miracle to pray for: Rachel and Chris desperately want to hold their daughter. They want more than anything to connect with her in this intimate way. Pray that Audrey’s heart stays the course and that she continues to fight this good fight. Pray that the doctors and nurses caring for Audrey in the Mercy NICU successfully place a new port as soon as possible so that in the days to come we can celebrate the small miracle of her parents getting to hold her for the first time.

Pray for this miracle, friends and family!

I will send another update as soon as I can. In the meantime, keep sending love and prayers to this beautiful family. They will need you all to stay strong through the journey.

– Carrie

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10 thoughts on “Audrey’s First Day

  1. Constant prayers for sweet baby Audrey….and her parents. May you hold her close and soon. What a brave little fighter. ♥

  2. Thank you Carrie for you concise reporting of big miracles and small. Prayers will be constant in the hours, days, and weeksmonths, and years ahead~ always!

  3. Rachel and Chris, congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! Rachel, I learned from our sorority sister Betsy that your family needed prayers for your new baby and discovered your blog. My heart goes out to you and Chris and my prayers are going up! I have a little girl who is almost 17 months and was born with a chromosomal abnormality and heart defects and your story hits close to home. I just want you to know that you are not alone. If there is anything you need or have any questions about our journey with Molly that would help in anyway, please let me know.
    With love,
    Lauree Fishburn-Lee

  4. I mean the bow?! So precious! Your little girl. I pray for the mount when you can hold your little mini me. LOVE YOU

  5. Rachel & Chris,

    My heart aches for you. You, Chris, Cooper & Audry are in our thoughts and prayers. We thank God that Audrey is here and in the competent care at Mercy NICU.
    With Love,
    Andi & Ty

  6. Such encouraging news and I just love these small miracles for Audrey and for all of you! Rachel so glad you r feeling better!! Thanks for keeping us informed and we will continue to keep you in our prayers!!

  7. I am just learning of Audrey’s birth and the difficulties the Leslie family is facing and I will be praying for all of them. We love you all!

  8. Sweet precious Audrey, as well as Rachel, Chris, Cooper and the entire Ebert/Leslie family are all in our prayers. The Boyer family sends their love.

  9. Thank you so much for the update Carrie and letting us know how to pray. We are so joyful her heart is doing better than expected. Rachel, we are praying that you will get to hold your sweet Audrey very very soon. We love you all so much!

  10. Praying hard for sweet baby Audrey. She is so beautiful.
    I can’t quit thinking about you guys. I look forward to every update.

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