Family Life

You Asked Michelle

posted: 05/07/10
by: Michelle Duggar


We asked you if you had a question for Michelle and we received a ton of curious queries. While we weren't able to ask Michelle all of the questions due to the volume of submissions, we did choose questions that we saw over and over again.

Kiara asked: Hi Michelle. How's Josie doing? I pray for every day ...

Michelle: That means so much. First off, I'm so thankful and grateful for those who have been praying for Josie. It means more than you'll ever know. It just makes my heart -- I cry when I talk about it. People have been sharing their preemie stories. Thousands of people across the United States and even other parts of the world have e-mailed us that they're praying for us. We are so thankful!

Miss Josie, oh my -- this last week and half has been a very good growth time for her. We have gotten her leveled out on her food issue, for one thing. She's taking my breast milk with just a little bit of MCT oil and a little bit of added protein, which preemies need. They need more protein than just what your breast milk can give them. And so, by doing that, and not giving her any other formulas or anything like that -- oh, my -- her weight gain has just picked up tremendously. And she has not been getting as constipated.

We still need to help keep her cleaned out. She still needs help getting having a little enema here and there ... just because she has some plumbing issues that we know she's going to get fixed eventually when she gets big enough. So I'm just thrilled - she's doing wonderful this last week and half or so. She weighs 5 lbs and 12 ounces!

My family was gone for a week for a conference and they came back, and the girls -- the big girls -- they just couldn't believe how big she has gotten in just a week. And ounces make a huge difference in a tiny baby like her. Her face is chunky -- I call it chunky -- she's filling out. She's getting a little double chin. It's just too cute to see -- her little face filing out instead of being long and narrow and skinny.

Seems like there for a while she was at a standstill in her gaining, and I think we finally figured out the system that works for her.

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