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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

GREAT NEWS!!!!!

Happy days always start with a chicken balloon...-courtesy of Leslie.



Ok, so I am so excited today. The day started out with me being able to remember my awesome daughter Brooklyn, she would have been 2 today. I was excited for our family night and the traditions we are starting with celebrating her day.
After that, not only did I get some great French toast for breakfast, right afterwards I headed downstairs for my ultrasound. They were doing another big one getting all the measurements. It went by quickly but the 1st thing we did was get my cervical length and it was the exact same as last week which was awesome! THEN she did the measurements and we found out the baby weights 2lb 4oz!! For those that don't understand this huge milestone, 2 lbs is huge for NICU babies, there is a big difference in complications between a 2 pounder and less. Isabel was a 2lb 4oz baby and Brooklyn was 1lb 7oz. Many, many more health problem occur to babies weighing less. SO, this is huge! I'm at 27 weeks and feel awesome. As I was waiting for my chart to be done one of the Docs in the practice told me all was perfect and said, "when is Webb (my doc) sending you home?" I told him not until after 28 weeks. So immediately after I got upstairs Dr Webb came in to see me and asked how it all went, I told him that everything stayed the same, measurement had not changed at all AND that I was the proud owner of a 2+lb baby! I was SO excited. Needless to say, so was he. I got a huge grin from him and he said...
wait for it....

wait for it...

If next Tuesday when I'm at 28 weeks, things are still the same... I can go home!!! I'll still be on full bed rest but I'd be at home! I really hope that happens, it would be so great to be at home with my family, even if I have to stay in bed/couch all day, I'd get to see them everyday and be there when Mike came home. I will want to cook, but knowing I can't get up for that long.. I might be able to make a sandwich. :)

So then Mike stopped by after his meeting and brought me some chocolate that a friend sent with him (Thank you Taunia!!) so I received truffles and two different bars of Ghirardelli chocolate bars. Plus Mike dropped off the rest of the peanut M&Ms that we added to our trail mix. Later that day Mike and Isabel came back by with some yummy dinner that was prepared by another friend in our ward, and Mike made an awesome birthday cookie cake. I got to take my wheelchair ride and we went outside in the courtyard to eat dinner. The weather was beautiful, it was my first time outside in 3 weeks! We ate dinner then Isabel was able to do our balloon tradition. We take 11 balloons (and both years... one popped in the car!)- one for every day of her life- and we set them free and send them up to Brooklyn. Isabel loves this part of the tradition and gets so excited to let them free! Then we blew out our imaginary candles and ate our cookie cake. It was a bit odd being in the hospital courtyard for this moment but I'm so glad that we did it anyways.

Today has been such a fantastic day and I'm so grateful for all of the blessings I received this day. I have an amazing family, and one on the way that fills me with so much joy. I am so grateful for all the prayers, thoughts, well wishes and acts of service in which we have been the recipients. We love you all! And because it's been forever since I posted pics... here are pics of my chicken balloon for those who wanted to see it and some pics from our birthday celebration today.

Birthday Celebrations.... (I so needed my makeup!)







This is a close up of the headband I made for Isabel with my friend Becca.


7 comments:

Tara L. said...

Yay! I am so glad you had a great day. I will continue to pray for you that you will get to go home! That is great news Tracy!

Crystal and Billy said...

I wondered what your traditions for Brooklynn's birthday might be. Thanks for the great ideas!

~ kietra ~ said...

Glad to hear some great news- I was catching up on your blog- you've had quite the journey thus far. You inspire me with your optimism and can-do attitude. Thank you for sharing on your blog. I love the tradition for Brooklynn's birthday!!!

chrissy said...

You are truly an inspiration to me! I cried when reading your blog about celebrating Brooklyn's birthday. I'm so excited for you all and glad you are doing so well! :)

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

GORGEOUS!!! You are stunning! Forget makeup - you are beautiful in this pic! I feel so out of it with everything lately and am trying to 'just keep swimming' as Dori says and find my footing again! I love you girl, love my Izzy, my Mike & my Brooklyn. What a wonderful send off - no matter where you were (hospital or home) I know she loved it. love you.

Chez Nous said...

Yeah! You are getting there...and I've worked in the NICU. Get to 28 weeks, then you can breath a tad bit easier. And girls seem to be better fighters than boys at that age. So hang in there.

Bullock said...

first of all, we love phineas and ferb and all your reference to that funny show:). second, LOVE the cute head band that you made. and third, congrats on doing so well! i'm so happy that you've made it so far this time!

sheryl