Saturday, May 3, 2008

Happy 6th b-day to my baby ;-)

The story of "A"...

It took us about 6 months to get pregnant with "A" and that six months seemed like such a long time! I began to wonder if we'd ever get pregnant again! The day I found out, I was SO excited! "M" was not quite 2 yet but I was so happy for her, too, that she'd have a little sister. I thought we'd get a little creative in our way of telling Steve he was going to be a daddy again, so I made "M" a little t-shirt that said, "I'm going to be a BIG sister!" I put it on her and when Steve came home from work, she ran & gave him a big hug. It took him a few minutes to read her shirt but when he did, he was very excited, too!

My pregnancies with both girls were really pretty easy and I just loved being pregnant. I loved feeling the girls inside me - just knowing that there was life inside me made me awe at God's handiwork. Well, it was about time for Abby to be born so we scheduled a c-section about 2 weeks before my actual due date. I had to have a c-section because "M" was delivered emergency c-section. She was born beautiful and healthy - thank God! However, she was just 5.3 pounds and when the nurses ran the normal newborn tests on her, they determined she was actually probably about 4 weeks early.

"A" was so tiny! She dropped to 4.12 in the hospital. Every time she'd try to nurse, she'd burn more calories nursing then she was taking in, so we had to supplement with milk I pumped and we fed it to her with a medicine syringe. She also had a little trouble keeping warm, so even though she was born in May, we had to keep her bundled up in blankets, warm clothes and hats for about the first six weeks of her life. She continued to eat from a syringe for about 2-3 weeks but finally started to gain some weight and I was able to nurse her for about 14 months.

Today, "A" is still very thin, but she's very healthy and of average height - a problem I wish I had! Most people say she looks like me but I think she acts like her daddy. She has his sense of humor and is pretty silly most of the time. She has a very sweet spirit and I am so blessed to be her mommy. Happy 6th birthday to my baby "A"!


Margo said...

Happy Birthday to Abby! I loved all the pictures! She is just so precious! I like your long hair in the picture of you two in front of the Christmas looks very nice!!

E's mom said...

Ahhh! I love all of the pics of A! Happy Birthday Sweet Little A!! I can't believe E will soon be 6 as well. Crazy!!