Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Groundhogs Day (NICU Parents)





Night time:
Wake up. Pump. Sleep. Wake up. Pump. Sleep. Wake up. Pump. Sleep(sort of).
Day time:
Steal a few snuggles with your first born before you head to the hospital.
Drive next to crazy holiday shoppers on way to the hospital.
Walk through maze of hallways and doors to NICU.
SCUB hands RAW. Distinct soap smell that you associate with your daughter.
Buzz in.
Doors open and there she is.
Quiet all around even with babies quietly crying and machines beeping.
Nothing else matters.

I am beyond grateful for another perfect baby wrapped in swaddling clothes...lying in a manger. My Savior. I am grateful that he is here with me. That he knows what we are going through and that he helps me wake up every morning and be grateful for all of my blessings. I am grateful for all of you and your kind deeds, thoughts, and prayers. Our sweet baby Miriam is growing and progressing. For that I am grateful:)
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

D Day

The pictures in order are:
Me in my hospital bed right before it all begins, and then Mark and I right before it begins. The two after of Miriam are right she is all hooked up right after before they take her to her incubator.

What a crazy couple of weeks it has been around here!! After countless trips to the doctor for ultrasounds and tests the day was Monday, December 13. During our ultrasound it showed that Miriam was only the gestational size of 30 weeks even though I was 36 weeks along. My amniotic fluid level was also down to a four. My doctor sent us right over to the hospital. I was already at a two on my own so they started me on Pitocin. After about 30 min. I got my epidural so they could go ahead and break my water. It was all so fast after that! I went from a 4 to a 7 in 4 contractions. My nurse said it was pretty much time. So she called the doctor and Mark called my mom to tell her she better get there fast. A couple of min. after that it was time to push...my mom got there about 3 min. before and my doctor got there literally about a min. before. One push and she was out! My sweet little 3 pound 15 oz baby girl. She was 15 1/4 inches. She was born at 4:32pm. I got to hold her for a min. before they whisked her away to the ICU. It turns out that my placenta was not developed properly and the umbilical cord was on the outside of it instead of the inside of it. She was not getting all the nutrients that she needed and that is why she was so small. It was such an amazing delivery that I have been feeling wonderful! It is a night and day difference from what I went through with my complications after delivery with Jaxon. This time I know what it feels like to have a "normal" recovery I guess. Not too bad:) Just tired mostly.....The next post will be all about baby:)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Photos by Jessica:)

jshumwayphotos.com is her website if you are interested in using Jessica as a photographer. She is great!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Spoiled Rotten!!!

I cannot even begin to tell you the amount of time and hard work my dear friend Jenna put into throwing this baby shower for me and Miriam. She is such an angel and I cannot thank her enough. It was absolutely perfect! Every little detail was done to perfection and I can't wait for little Miriam to see pictures of it when she grows up:) Love you Jenna!

It was so nice to spend the afternoon celebrating this little girl with so many of my dear family members and friends. Miriam has no idea how lucky she is to come into this world with so many people in it who already love her and she isn't even here yet. Thank you to everyone who made the day so special to me. I feel...yes......SO VERY BLESSED!!!!