YouTube Thursday - A tiny, but huge distraction.

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

YouTube Thursdays - 3/31/2022

 


It's been a wild ride the last several months, and if we seem a bit distracted,  it's because it's true. Instead of all the details, we'll give you an abbreviated version. Our pregnant daughter, who lives in Denver, has been on hospital bed rest since the first week in February.  

Several weeks ago, her baby decided she was ready to meet mommy face-to-face. Therefore, on March 6th, at 8:25 AM, Ellie Grace was born at the gestational age of 31 weeks. She weighed 3 pounds! 

Kelsea, our daughter, wants me (Debb) to come stay for a while once Ellie gets out of the hospital, so we are getting our baby time through videos, photos, and a wonderful TV monitor installed over Ellie's incubator. 

It's been a God-send and our entire family has the link - we call it our closed circuit Ellie-vision. It's much better than most of the programming on television. Right now, she's wrapped up in a swaddle and sucking on a pacifier.  

They describe the NICU journey for families as a roller coaster.  Now, we know why. There are ups and downs, good days, and bad days.  An ounce of weight matters, a degree or two in temperature matters. These tiny humans are fragile. 

Doctors are working to unravel a mystery as to why Ellie's blood sodium levels are high. Currently she is on diuretics and fluids to stabilize them. The doctors believe she has a rare condition called Diabetes Insipidus, yet blood tests and two MRI's  (in her first week of life) ruled out any serious cause or reason.  For that, we are so grateful. But, we are left wondering why. 

It's even possible she may outgrow it - and hopeful is the direction we're all headed. Therefore, with that mindset, we are hopeful she will be out of the NICU around the first part of May.  As you can see in the last photo in the video, she's finally beginning to get a layer of baby fat. 

Here's an Ode to our Little Mighty Mouse - Ellie Grace. 

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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
Brokers/REALTORS®
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We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 


We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.


We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.

 

Comments (44)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - it's easy to understand that "Ellie-Vision" is a must-watch event in your household and to every subscriber.   Congratulations, much happiness and best of luck to all.  

Apr 01, 2022 10:40 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Hope things continue to go well! Mighty mouse!

Apr 01, 2022 11:15 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debbie and Prayers for the whole family and Little Ms. Ellie.  Anything I can help with if you came to Denver let me know.

 

Apr 01, 2022 11:25 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

So perfect, I guess she just wanted to start life a little early. Enjoy that baby.

Apr 01, 2022 11:52 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh Carol Williams when I can see on the TV monitor my daughter's hands rubbing her head, it tears me up something fierce. It's been quite emotional around here, but things have really stabilized. Thanks so much for your kind heart. 

Apr 01, 2022 01:49 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I am sure that one of the most difficult challenges is that you are so far away and can't do anything to help right now.  Of course, you can send prayers. I know I will be sending good thoughts and wishes to the Universe so that you will get that call much earlier than expected to help.  But how wonderful is it that you can be there to see the progress Ellie is making each and every day through the magic of tech?  BTW - What a great choice in music.  Sending many prayers your way...

Apr 01, 2022 02:33 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there Michael Jacobs - it's a gorgeous day here and I played in the yard with the boys. The minute I came back inside, I pulled up my Ellie-vision. A quick peek to see her sleeping peacefully warms my heart and eases my mind. 

Apr 01, 2022 03:45 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you so much Lyn Sims - it's always so good to see you. Hope you're having a fantastic Spring. 

Apr 01, 2022 03:46 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We're all known for being prompt Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - however, I'd say Ellie was unfashionably early. Haha. 

Apr 01, 2022 03:47 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Will Hamm thank you so much. I will sure give you a call even if it's just to check in. D 

Apr 01, 2022 03:47 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE® It's been surreal. We had been there when Kelsea was in the hospital , and I wanted to fly back immediately. However, my daughter has a cool head and is so logical. She is quite right too, I will be far more help when Ellie comes home. The NICU folks are a great team for her at this point.  Thank you for your wonderful and positive thoughts. Our entire family appreciates it. 

Apr 01, 2022 03:50 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

It's rare that I run out of words. Tears! How about a big HUG! Make that a few more! 

Apr 01, 2022 08:51 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Our twins, both were born 45 minutes apart on their 30 week at a pound and half. I know what you are going through. They are now 7 and a blessing Debb 🙂👍

Apr 01, 2022 09:48 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

Lucky for Ellie Grace; that she has a loving family that will smother her with love. You are in my thoughts and prayers 🙂

Apr 02, 2022 09:07 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie - Congratulations on your beautiful granddaughter.  She can't help but thrive with all of the love around her.

Apr 02, 2022 03:27 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb- Such a beautiful video. Ellie Grace is one of God's precious miracles.  May he hold her in his loving arms as she continues to grow.  Much love to you and family. 

Apr 02, 2022 08:57 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Aura Alex She is a tiny gift. I think a great big wonderful life awaits her.

Apr 02, 2022 08:59 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I do know twins often do arrive early and at a much smaller weight than Ellie. I'm so grateful your twins have thrived. We expect the same for Ellie. However, it doesn't mean it mean it's an easy journey to travel. We are so grateful for the support we have from our friends and family.  I know you understand it well as you've been there. 

Apr 02, 2022 09:01 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you Grant Schneider We totally agree. 

Apr 02, 2022 09:02 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharon Lee appreciate your support more than you know. Your texts and emails have been a light for me, Thanks. 

Apr 02, 2022 09:02 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

And I thought our newest addition, Stanley, was tiny at 8 lbs.  Probably because his brother was 10 lbs. LOL

My husband was a preemie and his mom said he was like a little chicken. I personally have never held a baby under 6.5 lbs.

What a little doll your Ellie Grace is! I'm so glad you have that camera access...I know you must be so anxious to hold her in your arms!

Apr 13, 2022 08:07 AM