As many of you may know, baby Jace has finally come home!! After over 5 months in NICU, he is home with his parents, who were just as happy to be in their home after 6+ months of house sharing between Portland and Gray. He is handsome as ever and full of smiles along with curious eyes! I want to thank everybody who has donated and shared this with their friends, family, and community.
Though baby Jace may be at home, the journey of him recovering from his premature birth has not ended. Due to his need for a (well planned) 24/7 care regimen, Courtney will need longer than her approved 4 weeks (unpaid) leave. The doctors have recommended at least 6-8 weeks. Jace is on oxygen at all times. He is hooked to a heart and oxygen monitor at all times. He is on a breast, bottle & g-tube feeding schedule 24 hours a day. There is also the medication routine, multiple doctors/nurse/therapy visits a week(both in and out of the home), weight goals to meet (every fighter needs to make weight at weigh ins!) and every other newborn joy that has benefitted from the maternity leave option.
The Gamblin family is blessed to have such a wonderful addition to their family and a community watching and cheering. This fundraiser is a way to celebrate Jace as well as Courtney and Mike. This fundraiser is also here to address the "not so funs" of this situation. With 4 weeks (unpaid) leave approved and 2-4 weeks(unpaid) that hasn't been approved(and may not be) for mom and all unpaid leave for Dad, all of these generous donations are being used to simply provide and prepare. Just for the day to day. Medical bills will soon follow and more medical care is required.
I appreciate all who can donate or share. Who send prayers/good vibes/well wishes. Who have given their time or gifts. Jace deserves all of this! I can't wait to share this with him someday!
To end on a fun and non-business meeting feel.... Attached is a picture of Jace during a tube change. Squirmy, fragile baby.... plus tape... plus two tiny nostrils... plus Team Courtney & Kim... is harder than you'd think. Jace needed fresh tape as his line up was crooked. No one wants to look at that beautiful face and to frantically have to brainstorm "37 ways to take tape off a baby without making it screech". This is a baby, not a blog.
This picture is proof that Jace is stronger than all of us. He did not cry. He did not screech. He simply, just went with it. I could not have been more proud than the moment before this picture was taken. He was ready for his debute!
Thank you for sharing your day with Jace!
Look Ma, no tubes!