Update on Baby Rhyder

Thank you for all the inquiries into how baby Rhyder is doing... I'm sorry I didn't update sooner, but I spent a majority of the day with them at the hospital and only updated my facebook.

All of this to say that, praise GOD, baby Rhyder is doing fantastic! He had a tough go in the beginning, but once they got him on some oxygen he really picked up good color and had a stable heart rate. Mom and Dad were able to spend precious time with him (which most of you know isn't customary with a C-section) and then he was taken down to the NICU for assessment with his daddy by his side.

For the last day and a half he has done well maintaining his body temperature, feeding from a syringe and bottle, and has had wet and poopy diapers. For most newborns this isn't a miraculous feat, but for babies with T18, this is absolutely awesome! Often these sweet ones can't coordinate the suck-swallow-and-breathe pattern, but Rhyder has been able to prevent a feeding tube by proving that he can in fact manage that on his own. Also, many babies with T18 have major kidney and bowel issues so from that stance, he is doing remarkable as well.

Mom and Dad continue to remain optimistic about Rhyder's future, yet are clinging to every moment with him and savoring their precious time! As we know with all T18 babies, each day, each moment is independent of the one before it. There is no promise of tomorrow, but there is also no reason not to take hold of the hope and belief that God will continue to pour out His miracles on this family.

They are surrounded by family and friends and while many of their needs are being met, they can never have enough prayer! Please join me as we praise God for the miracle He has brought forth in baby Rhyder's life, and in prayer as we ask for a longevity for him that far exceeds anyone's expectations. Please also pray for Rhyder's little body that is working hard, for Mom and Dad as they try to get a bit of rest amidst the joy and machines, for Rhyder's big brothers to grasp a love far beyond their years, and for all of us that are personally with them to be an encouragement and to serve them as the hands and feet of Christ.

Thank you for your prayers and I will continue to keep you updated on this precious family!

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."- Isaiah 55:12


so amazing. What a precious boy!! Still praying but praising Him for the miracles He is working!!
Love you!
Christine said…
Thanks for the update. I have been thinking about the family and praying for these miraculous moments.
Devin said…
Oh, this is wonderful news Kenzie! So glad to hear it. Thank you for taking the time to update us all...I'll continue to praise God, and to pray for this sweet little guy!
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the update. Also, I thought about you when I began reading Bruce Wilkinson's new book titled, "You Were Born for This"! It's about waking up everyday asking God to use you to deliver a miracle to someone! :D I love seeing how God has used you in the lives of other women!
Shana said…
Praying so hard for Rhyder and his family!
Well, while the whole experince has got to be so scary not knowing what tomorrow may hold, I am very glad to hear they have gotten time with him. No doubt something they will always treasure. I hope they get even more time with him. I am sure you ar a comfort to them at this time. I hope you are coping OK-
Kathy said…
Kenzie, I loved how you put it living with the reality but hoping for the miracle. Amen!
Angie said…
Praise God! Thanking Him for the time He is giving Rhyder's family! I will continue to pray for pure joy to surround them as they enjoy time with their boy.

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