Life As We Know It (Now)

It’s been a long, long, long time since I’ve written here.  A really LONG time.  At least it feels that way!

Our family has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride these past couple of months.  Our sweet daughter made a surprise early appearance, and brought quite a few changes along with her.  Unbeknownst to us, she was truckin’ along inside my womb with some pretty serious health issues.

One day after work (about a month before my due date), I went to a routine appointment with my OB/GYN and discovered that we were going to meet our sweet girl that night.  THAT NIGHT, people!  Up to this point, we’d thought everything was progressing normally.  But a decreased amount of movement, elevated blood pressure and low amniotic fluid level had my Dr. concerned, so off to the first of many specialists I went.  They were so kind, as I was slightly overwhelmed and was learning all of this by myself, since Hubs couldn’t make it to the appointment.  They were able to explain what was going on to him over the phone, and he called our parents and church while I checked myself in to Labor & Delivery.

I cannot even begin to describe how well we were supported.  So many family and friends came to the hospital that night!  People drove over an hour, and brought gifts with them – at absolutely no notice.  And it didn’t stop there!  We were in the hospital for 45 days. . .over 6 weeks.  There were maybe three days where we didn’t have at least one visitor during that time.  Friends traveled several hours to see us and our girl, texted and called us daily, showered us with gifts, and constantly lifted us up in prayer.

It was astounding.  Overwhelming.  Amazing.  Humbling.  And it hasn’t stopped, even after we were able to take her home.

I am so thankful.  So incredibly grateful to these people.  They have quite literally held us up at a time when it was impossible to manage alone.

Now, we’re adjusting to the new normal.  The biggest deal (for me, at least) has been figuring out my work options, since Sweet Pea’s condition pretty much rules out any day care, and our insurance doesn’t cover nursing hours (yet).  We’re trying to navigate the ridiculously complicated (and expensive!) healthcare system, and are learning what it means to be an advocate for our child.  We’re also cherishing her sweet smiles and learning how to comfort her, running on little sleep from mid-night feedings, etc. – all the “normal” first-time parent things, too!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to.  The tone/content around here will likely change a bit. . .but then that makes sense.  I have definitely changed a bit!

Onward and Upward, friends.

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