Monday June 17, 2019 our world changed. At 4:26PM we heard the cries of our miracle baby, Nora Lynn. She weighed 5 lbs 9 oz and has dark black hair, like her daddy. I may be bias, but she’s pretty perfect!
The day of her delivery was crazy and honestly some of it is a blur, but I believe it’s safe to say that it has been one of the most amazing moments in our lives thus far. When the doctor held her up, I burst into tears. We’ve been through so much over the past few years and this pregnancy has been a rocky road, but in that very moment, none of that mattered any more. My amazing husband talked to me during the procedure to keep me calm, then held her by me as they finished up. Going in, we had so many unknowns, but things went very well.
After Nora had been sent off for evaluation and the doctors were wrapping up my c-section, the oncologist came around to us and asked: “so, how many kids do you plan on having?” Going into this procedure we were told to expect a c-section and hysterectomy due to a suspected placenta accreta diagnosis. To their surprise, my placenta came out fine and I did not require the hysterectomy! We were thrilled. Things went better than we expected, minus some substantial blood loss, but the team was prepared so everything was fine. Recovery immediately following was difficult and extremely painful, and I am still battling some of that, but things are looking great.
Nora was sent to the NICU after delivery since she was 34 weeks and 6 days, but everything was looking excellent. Monday night she required some interventions to help with her breathing and feeding, but the nurses have assured us that this is normal for a baby born early. She’s tough and is keeping the nurses on their toes, which I knew she would based on her sass in the womb. 😉 The past couple days have been long, with not much sleep due to us being anxious and wanting to be with our girl, but we are so grateful and feeling beyond blessed.
Holding our baby girl in our arms is like nothing I’ve ever felt, and I can’t wait until we can do so in the comfort of our home. We are hoping that her stay in the NICU will be limited, but we are unsure exactly how long that might be. The nurses are hopeful that it won’t be a long stay, and we are working to get her breathing and eating under control so we can head home. For now we are soaking up as much time with her as possible, trying to get this whole breastfeeding thing down and taking advantage of the time we have to rest before things get real!
We ask for continued prayers as we get through these next couple weeks and settle into life as a family of 6 (yes, my dogs are still counted as children) 😉. The outpouring of love and support has been unreal. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of you for cheering us on during this pregnancy. Our support system has been crucial and much appreciated. 💕