Friday, October 16, 2009

Update: 10.15.09

"Wow, how the time passes me by, and here I am giving a much needed update! Jaron and Teagan are just awesome! They are still on some oxygen support. Teagan is now on the regular nasal cannula, which is the last step for respiratory support! Jaron is still on the hi-flow nasal cannula, and we are praying he will soon be like his sister and onto the regular. It's been just over a week now that I have been able to try nursing Teagan once a day, today I actually tried twice. She is showing great progress with it. Jaron got to try for the first time today, and he did great for the first time! This is exciting for me, and a great step to getting them home. Today makes them ten weeks old. I can hardly believe we have been doing this over 2 months... they have come such a long way. Looking back at pictures of them is just amazing. They don't even look like the same babies anymore... they are getting their chubby cheeks and little bellies!! Absolutely adorable.

I have probably mentioned this before, but what's on our hearts to pray for is that when it is time to go home, we will be leaving with the BOTH of them. A lot of times twins will go home separately because one is doing better than the other. I would love to have their homecoming at the same time, and have our three children under the same roof. And that they won't be coming home on any kind of oxygen or monitor, because they keep telling us that is a possibility too.

Jaron is now 4 lbs 15 oz, and Teagan 4 lbs 7 oz. We are soon going to see that 5 lb mark! Who knows, Jaron probably already hit it when they weighed him tonight!

Since you all have been such awesome prayer warriors for Jaron and Teagan, if you think about it, you can be crying out for some other very little ones. Last Friday they admitted a 23 week old baby (he was a twin, but his brother passed away. He only lived a few hours.), and he is stable. His name is Isaiah, his parents are Marci and Sam. I have had the opportunity to talk with the mom, Marci, and had the privilege to pray with her the same day that Isaiah was admitted. I am sure they won't mind that I just shared that with you all, I wanted to share their names so you can pray for them by name. I know the Lord has awesome things in store for the this family and their littlest one!! And I know Jaron and Teagan are bringing hope and encouragement to them, seeing where there boy is going to get to.

I know there are twins that were also just admitted, and I am hoping I get a chance to talk and encourage her as well. Pray that the Lord uses me in these mother's lives. It's for such a time as this that we are in the NICU at this time, right?!

We are so blessed by all of you.

Much love,


  1. So awesome to hear Heather! Still praying lots and will be for the other families as well. Love seeing God performing these miracles, and showing the world that through him all things are possible :) ~ Shannon A.

  2. I read your comments with tears of joy in my eyes! Our God is so very good and awesome! We all look forward to the time that they come home - together!!! We will definatly pray for this. Also, remember, they were very sure Keziah was going to need oxygen coming home - she proved them wrong. We will believe that Jaron and Teagon will not need extra oxygen or monitors. I continue to pray for their eyes to develop at the right stages. What joy these bundle of joys are. Also, please let Isaiah's parents know that if they wish, Clyde and I would be willing to talk to them. Love and blessings always!!! Rejoicing in Jesus, Donna

  3. Wonderful news, Heather. Thank you for updating us. I asked your grandmother Minter about the twins today and she told me the 5 lb. news! Everyone is happy. May Jesus continue to grace your steps and your heart, dear one. You are all deeply loved!

  4. what a wonderful update...So many great things God is continuing to do for your dear babys!!
    I will continue to pray. I love the words of the above note...May Jesus continue to GRACE YOUR EVERY STEP and YOUR HEARTS dear Shellenberger family!
    With love and prayers,
    Audrey Rohrer

  5. Dear Heather,
    So good to hear this update. Amazing that the babies are at or nearly 5 pounds, and growing so beautifully. We will keep you in our hearts as you move towards the transition home. It must be so exciting to get to know each of them better each day. Of course Kaylin is very much the big sister now, but she's also developing in so many new ways, and I'm sure she still likes cuddles, too. You must have strong arms and a big heart. Blessings to you and Mitch as you share God's love with your children and reach out to the families of premature twins.

  6. Heather and Mitch,

    I'm so glad the twins are improving and growing strong. I'm blessed to see you ministering to others. What a joy to have Our Hope to share.

    Lord Jesus, thank you for holding my friends near to you! Please continue to show Yourself mighty in their lives. Amen

    Hugs to all of you,
    Sarah (Weyler) Leed