This is the amazing story of our micro preemie, John Craig. He was born on November 30, 2005 at 24 weeks and 5 days gestation. He weighed 1 pound 8 ounces and was 12 inches long. John is a true miracle and an inspiration to all that meet him!
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 a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29.11

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Baby Girl!

She's getting bigger by the minute!!!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hope's Birth Story

I REALLY should be writing my thank you notes and addressing Hope's announcements but since my sweet little girl will be 2 months old next week I figured I needed to document her amazing birth story.

Sooooooooo, here it goes...

On July 29, 2009 our precious daughter made her entrance into this world. Life hasn't been the same since!!!!!

On the morning of the 29th I went in for my weekly doctors appointment. As mentioned previously, I had not been feeling blood pressure was high (Preeclampsia was ruled out by my 24 hour urine test the Friday before) and I had been having stomach pains earlier that morning. Well, when the nurse took my blood pressure that morning it was the highest it had ever been so my doctor and I discussed doing another 24 hour urine test but we both felt that I needed to be admitted to the hospital ASAP.......even if the test came back negative but my blood pressure remained high we were going to deliver Hope the next morning.

Thankfully I had packed my hospital bag the night's that for perfect timing? So I ran home quickly to get my stuff (and my husband) and headed to the hospital for the birth of our daughter.

Once admitted, the nurse took my blood pressure and it was GREAT....crazy, I know. However, I still wasn't feeling well and the monitor was picking up a significant amount of contractions. I was given a shot of Terbutaline....which did nothing (the 2 other times I had been given it my contractions stopped immediately) so the doctor checked my cervix and sure enough, I was 1cm dilated and she could feel her head. Remember, I could not go into labor because of my classical incision.....I HAD to have a C-section. So, the Doctor calmly said....this is an emergency (nothing compared to John's birth) and we are delivering her tonight.

Now the prepping began. Grammy and Papa arrived and Grams (thank God she flew home early from her vacation. I guess her Mom instinct knew best) put John to bed and headed to the hospital too. Our doctor was so sweet....she knew I wanted my mom to put John to bed (I was having a hard time leaving him and didn't want his routine to be messed up) so she held the delivery off until she arrived.

I was wheeled back sometime around 7:45pm and at 8:08pm I heard my baby girl let out the most beautiful cry. My eyes filled with tears as the amazing Dr. Abrahms (John's Neo for the 110 days he spent in the NICU) held her up for me to see. My response was...She's HUGE!!!! I guess it's all relative though. The doctors assumed she would be somewhere around 4 pounds so when the scale flashed 5 pounds 3 ounces we were definitely shocked.

Now, the scary part....first, the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck 2 times AND my uterus HAD begun to rupture (2 inches)....exactly what we didn't want to happen.

I thank God daily for my amazing doctors because if I had not gone to the hospital that day my baby girl would not be here with us. How awesome is our God?

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Sunday, September 20, 2009


I am finally able to sit for a minute and do a post!

Let's see...... my little man continues to amaze us. He is doing fabulous and can now sing, Five Little Monkey's.....the ENTIRE song. Ohhhhhh, I love his sweet voice!!!!

And little Miss. Hope is doing fabulous too. She is growing like a weed and has the chubbiest cheeks ever. Sorry sweet girl, you got those from your Mommy!!! She now weighs over 9 pounds and is out of newborn clothes and newborn diapers.

Life doesn't get much better than this!

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

He Did It!

My little boy NEVER ceases to amaze me.

On Saturday my little guy, who we were told would never walk, took 3 steps ALL BY HIMSELF...and he did it about 10 times. We are so happy for him and inspired daily by his determination.

John, you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. We love you and could not be more proud of your accomplished. Keep proving everyone wrong!!!!

Hope is also doing fabulous! She has just about gained 3 pounds.....and is weighing 8 pounds 1 1/2 ounces!!!!

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Nothing Better...

...than ice cream with Grams as an after school snack!!!!

And a yummy "Hope" apple pie made by my sister-n-law, Tracy.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

September 1, 2009

Yesterday was Hope's due date....she weighed in at 7 pounds 4 ounces!!!!! What a big girl.

John is still doing wonderful in school and LOVING every minute of it!!!

John giving his baby sister a kiss on the tummy for the first time.

He totally surprised us.....he did this all on his own.

Getting her beauty sleep!

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