Have you heard the news??? I'm now a grandma! :)
My son, Josh, called me on Wednesday morning (two weeks ago) to report the news that their doctor had just admitted Kristi to the hospital for blood work and observation due to some symptoms of Preeclampsia. I joined them at the hospital about noon. When the doctor stopped by to discuss Kristi's lab results, she noticed on the fetal monitor that Kristi had been having regular contractions all morning. Kristi hadn't even been aware of them! The doctor decided to check her and discovered that Kristi was already 4 cm dilated and mostly effaced! WOW! That's a LOT of progress for not feeling a thing! :)
Kristi had contractions off and on throughout the day, but they stopped for the night. So, we weren't sure whether the doctor would send her home . . . or what, since she was not quite 36 weeks. However, when her doctor stopped by Thursday morning and checked her, Kristi was unbelievably 6 cm dilated!!! So, her doctor broke her water, and labor took off!
I had the privilige of being there and helping to encourage and support Kristi during her labor and birth. I was so proud of that girl! She handled labor like a pro, and despite having a long and difficult pushing stage, she had a natural, unmedicated birth and got to experience the profound joy of bringing a baby into this world!
At 2:23 pm, precious little Sarah Brooke was born! :)
She was a month early, but praise God, her lungs were developed, and she was a good size at 6 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches long!
Even though she is healthy and strong, she is still a preemie, which has caused some problems, including being very sleepy and lethargic and not nursing well, which led to her losing weight and becoming very jaundiced. She was readmitted to the hospital the Tuesday before Thanksgiving with a bilirubin of 25! Yikes! Fortunately, after a couple days in her "tanning bed" she was able to go home, just in time for Thanksgiving Dinner! :)
Kristi and Josh are learning what it means to become parents and to have your world turned upside down! :) I don't think they realized the huge impact that one tiny little girl can have on your life (and on the amount of sleep you get!)! :)
As for me, I'm helping out where I can. Yes, I've even taken my turns at night duty! :) But, I'm also trying to find the balance between offering practical help and advice and getting out of the way and letting them figure this parenting thing out for themselves! :) I guess it's a learning process for all of us!
There is one thing none of us had to learn -- and that is how to love and adore this precious little bundle of joy! :)
Sarah ~ 10 days old