"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, September 23, 2013

Charlotte's story... part 2





cont. from here... Thankfully the spinal tap went well and another didn't have to be done (which we had been told was a possibility).  Two visitors were allowed at a time and there were 5 of us in the waiting room... waiting.  We all got our turns and then Cory took the girls and I back to the house to pack some clothes and necessities for Monte, Hillary and Charlotte who were now looking at 3 more days away from home.  We stopped at the store on the way back to the house for sandwich fixings since these parents who had just had a baby yesterday morning hadn't had much to eat in two days.

As I said in the previous post, the hospital was almost an hour away so by the time the food reached our little family it was just after 10:00 p.m.  They were supposed to be transferred to a 'real' room in the children's hospital but we found them in the cramped little space we had left them in.  They had Hillary on a bed and were trying to figure out how they might fit another in for Monte.  I honestly don't know how they did it but they did.  Apparently there was no room at the hospital which only happens a couple of times a year.

Now Charlotte was hooked up to an antibiotic drip which made nursing quite difficult for the brand new mama.  I'll add that she wasn't complaining.  She was doing a wonderful job at going with the flow and just loving on and caring for her baby.  Monte was doing what he does best and keeping on top of the staff and information... taking care of his family.

The next day they were moved out of the emergency room into the children's hospital.  I'm only going to say that from here on out Charlotte was a human pincushion and nerves were getting quite raw (as were her arms, legs and feet) by the third day.  Prayers were constant and we knew that she was in the loving care of her Father in heaven as well as the sweet parents that were given her on earth.  That was our comfort.  On day three Hillary's mother in law picked me up at the house and together we went to be with them while they waited to be released. By now we felt confident that Charlotte was well.  Close to check out time we were visited by a doctor who told us that there was something wrong with Charlotte's last blood draw and they would have to do yet another.  Dad had pretty much 'had it' and questioned if it was really necessary and we were told that her platelet count was very low and that if the next draw showed the same it could be very serious.  Here we were, almost like we were starting this nightmare all over again.  Once again blood was drawn and we all sat in tearful silence for quite some time.  We were told that we wouldn't know the results for 2 hours.

Several hours later we were finally visited with the release papers and the "all is well."  All was well.  Just like that.

And here we are 2 months later with the sweetest baby girl ever.  The beautiful baby girl who has smiled since she was born.  No kidding... every day since she was born and now she laughs out loud.  I don't understand the rocky start but I do know that the One who orchestrates all things know's exactly what the plan is and I thank Him for His grace and His perfect gift!

It's almost midnight.  We just got back from 4 days of church camp and I'm tired.  I've written the happy ending to the beginning of Charlotte's story and now I'm going to bed.  

Blessings, Debbie

*  The above photos are from 2 weekends ago...  We had them for 3 days!

            


23 comments:

  1. So glad to hear she is ok, and how lucky to have such a caring and close family to support each other through her early days xx

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  2. Good to hear from you Debbie! So glad that everything turned out to be fine. Praise be to God.

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  3. Wow! What an entrance to Grandmotherhood - truly having to put your trust completely in Him. Our prayers are with you all - and especially your beautiful smiling babe xx

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  4. Praise God...thanks for sharing. Rest and enjoy that little girl!!

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  5. She is beautiful! I'm so happy for you all!

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  6. Little Charlotte is blessed to have such a wonderful family. She's beautiful, Debbie!

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  7. Blessings to you and yours, Debbie :) I know you're all glad it's over, and you have that precious grandbaby. Many thanks to God for His provision and protection!

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  8. What is more precious than a baby's smile. I'm so glad that you shared this happy ending. I feel my heart swelling up with praise to God for this little sweet baby girl. She had a rough entry but her loving family will give her all the love she needs to grow strong and healthy.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. Beautiful baby! Beautiful family.

    So thankful all is well.

    Deanna

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  10. She is such a pretty girl, and I'm very glad all her problems got smoothed out. Such a supportive family - wonderful!

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  11. So thankful that she is fine and at home and wow what a ordeal.

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  12. I am so sorry you all had to go through that, but what a blessing that she is well and looking so incredibly adorable! This is such a good reminder that we often take good health for granted and that babies are resilient. Many blessings!

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  13. Well I have a lump in my throat and goosebumps all at the same time. Feeling so sorry for that poor baby and your family, and wondering why it was all necessary. I guess you have to put your trust in them. I would have had a thousand questions. She is absolutely beautiful. I've never seen a more beautiful baby....well....besides my nieces! Blessings to you and your family.

    Cindy Bee

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  14. All is well. All is well. Thanks be to God. She is just beyond beautiful, Debbie. blessings ~ tanna

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  15. Thanks be to God! What hard, hard days you've all been through. These days there are so many tests and pokes that they do on babies before they can ever go home. I don't really understand it all and I think it's frustrating. I'm just thankful that all turned out well. Charlotte is a Darling Dumpling!

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  16. She just wanted to make a great first impression! :) That is so rough, but I'm so glad that she is well and home and settled. She is just beautiful!

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  17. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! Oh, Debbie! Isn't being a grandmama simply the best? Our little girl here isn't doing much laughing, yet, but she has. It's just the cutest thing ever. Hugs to you and yours, ~Lisa :)

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  18. Oh my goodness...that sweet, precious face! What a blessing she must be to all of you!

    It is so good to catch up with you and hear the story of Charlotte's arrival. Not the smooth road that we would wish, but a road that our Father walked with you and that led to a place of rejoicing! (The road was "smooth" with only one of my four children in their first few days...so I can feel the angst of the bumpy beginning!)

    Congratulations to all of you!! Can you give Charlotte a tiny hug for me?

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  19. She is precious, God is great 'all the time", rest and enjoy your sweet Charlotte!
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  20. I missed reading about her birth, but I am glad to hear that she is o.k. now after her ordeal - and the stress on all of you. She is beautiful - congratulations!

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  21. So glad to know that Charlotte is out of the woods - a pincushion, oh my. What a pretty little baby - and happy now.

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  22. Oh I am so glad to learn that Charlotte is doing well. What a rocky entry to this world and then to have to suffer being a pincushion. So hard for parents and grandparents. Mercifully, Charlotte won't remember that part. She certainly is one beautiful little girl and surely brings her family so many joys!

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  23. Beautiful story - I had started to have small worries but kept thinking "Surely Debbie is just busy." I teared up because I recently had a traumatic post-birth experience with my own blood pressure skyrocketing after being released from the hospital and I just know SO well the stress and frustration of returning when everything is so scary and seemed so fine just a short time ago. I am SO thankful and happy for you all that Charlotte and family are doing well. She is so beautiful! Babies are such gifts.

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