Welcome to our blog!! I am finally giving in to the persuasions of many of you to start a blog. However, I have a good reason now.
John and I have had an adventurous week.... As many of you know we were expecting a little girl in mid-February. Well, last week my water broke at 25 weeks -- for what will probably always be unknown reasons. We went to the hospital to see what it was (there was also some cramping that may have been contractions). It could have been a couple of things, but it was amniotic fluid. So, they informed me I would not be going home until our little baby was born because of the now high risk of infection. They were able to stop the cramping/contractions, and I was on track for hanging out in the hospital for a few weeks -- growing my baby.
Well, Saturday at dinner time I started feeling like I was having gas pain -- since I had been filled with so many antibiotics to protect the baby. They tried relieving that, but the pain centralized and intensified -- and they determined it was contractions. They tried to stop it, but said there was not too much they could do to be good for the baby.
Longer story shorter, Abigail Merrill -- our Baby Abby -- joined our family Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 4:43 A.M. She weighed almost two pounds, but they don't measure her length yet as they try to keep her in positions similar to the womb. She is off to a good start in the NICU and being helped by a wonderful team of people. It will be a long, hard roller-coaster, but we feel confident in the people working with our little angel. Tonight I got to touch her some and help take her temperature. I look forward to holding her, but I know it will happen before I know it.
Most of this blog will be devoted to her updates. I will leave it "open" for now, and then make it "private" soon. If you don't think I have your e-mail address, please send it to me in a comment.
The Lord truly has blessed us, and we are so grateful to the many thoughts, prayers, and love and support from so many people. We know we couldn't do this without everyone. Thank You! Thank You!! Love, John and Kim