Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Welcome Abby Virgina

Last Monday was the start of something that I thought would never happpen to me, I went for a regular check up with my midwife and my blood pressure was elevated, I thought it was nothing, we were gettting ready to leave and go to Mississippi for a visit and I was trying to get everything done, turns out that it wasn't just "anxiety", something by the way, I've never had. To make a long story short, they drew blood work and sent me to a specialist. And thankfully they didn't take anything lightly. For 3 days my labs became more and more elevated, they gave me the steriod shots to help mature Abby's lungs and I was in the hospital on bedrest until Abby was born, which they told me could be in 24 hours or 6 weeks. At 7 am on Thursday morning, the doctor walked in and told me "No, baby today, labs look better". As soon as she walked out the door I started bleeding and having contractions. Abby was born via c-section at 9:24 am, 12 weeks early, weighing 1lb. 13oz. 13 inches long (original due date 1-13, strange with the numbers huh, oh yeah and our wedding aniversary 1-13). Shortly after her birth, they wisked her away to the NICU and I wasn't abe to see her for 24 hours. My husband, Brad, was able to see her and took lots of pictures for me to see. They had me on medication that left me feeling "out of it", so the first 24 hours were a blur, as I'm sure when I look back I will think that all this is a blur.

Today is day 5 and she is doing great! She is still on the ventilator but on Room air and breathing over the settting, she's tolerating my milk via a tube in her nose. They did an ultrasound of her head and looked for bleeding, and there have been no signs, they did a ultrasound of the heart and everything looked great. We are taking this day by day and know that this is going to be a long rode but we are surrounded by good friends and family and an amazing God, who I know is in control and had her birthday picked out long before she was conceived. Please keep my little girl in your prayers....

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11