Just where does time go? My Chelsea turns 18 today. How can you have a better day to celebrate your birthday than the First Day of Spring? It is so hard to believe that my firstborn is 18!!! I remember her birth like it was yesterday. She was actually supposed to be born on May 21st., but my very uncomplicated, easy pregnancy took another route on St. Paddy's day 18 years ago. I ended up in the ER and I remember the Doctor's asking Dave if I was a drinker. ha! Actually, I do not drink at all, so Dave laughed at that question. Apparently my liver was starting to shut down as I had developed something called H.E.L.P. syndrome. The only cure for this was to deliver the baby. I was so terrified, because my belly was so small that many people did not know I was expecting. I was never so scared in my life. I couldn't imagine how small my baby would be, especially since they told me she had stopped getting nutrients/ stopped growing 3 weeks prior to all of this!
She surprised us all weighing in at exactly 4 pounds. The delivery room was full of docs and nurses from NICU waiting to wisk her away as soon as I delivered. I couldn't even see my baby. She stayed in the NICU for 2 weeks after her birth and then the step down room for 2 more weeks before we were able to bring her home. What an emotional time that was for us. It was sooo hard to see your baby in an incubator all hooked up to machines to keep her breathing and keep her alive. She was so, so tiny and frail. So hard to leave your baby in a hospital and come home to an empty nursery each night. There are no quarters for parents to sleep in the NICU. But, she fought and she was soon able to breathe on her own and eventually started to take a bottle. She was still so tiny when we brought her home as they usually lose weight after they are born, so she came home weighing the 4 pounds. It did not take her long to outgrow the premie size clothes, though! She had to wear a heart monitor for the first year of her life as she had something called bradycardia.(sp?) Our first year was full of appointments and visits with specialists. They told us of all the things that could happen or not happen as a result of her early birth...but she beat the odds and thrived in every way!
Chels, we love you more than you could ever know and we are sooo proud of you!!
You are the best(and coolest!) big sister that anyone could have!
Chels with her Grandpop
and with her Nanny(grandmother)
and being embarrassed as the waiters at Red Robin sing Happy Birthday
Chelsea, remember you can do anything you want to with your life and don't ever underestimate what you can achieve. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better daughter than God has given me in you. Remember how much He loves you as His child!!
And one more thing, sweetie.....work is NOT a "four letter word". Patiently waiting.... :- ) Love ya!!
Happy First Day of Spring to all of my bloggy friends!!!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
posted at 6:01 PM