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Sixth-Leading Cause of Death in US
Just got a cheerful (sarcastic tone) note from the Alzheimer's Association:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics today reported that Alzheimer's disease has surpassed diabetes as a leading cause of death. Alzheimer's is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
At 2:00 am this morning, our sweet Mary Grace was welcomed to Heaven. We found out this afternoon that she had a large brain hemorrhage. Reid and I spent three precious hours holding our daughter tonight. The nurses wrapped a pink bow around her little head and we swaddled her in a soft pink elephant blanket. During those hours, we told Mary Grace how proud we were of her fight, how she fulfilled our dreams of one day having a daughter to call "Gracie," and we even took a little nap, snuggled together as a family. If we told her we loved her once, we told her a thousand times. We prayed over her and gave her back to the Lord. We miss her more than words can say.
I feel like we were punched in the stomach today and left with the wind knocked out of our lungs. Its so hard to understand "why?" in all of this. Tonight when we left the hospital, Reid turned on this song by David Crowder Band and we listened to it on repeat the whole way home. Its the exact state of our …
I really don't even know where to begin or how to write this post. I've put it off for several days hoping that maybe if I let things sink in a little more it would be easy. This will never be easy.
As you know, we welcomed three beautiful little girls into the world on Friday afternoon. We had hoped to continue to "buy time" and hold off on delivery for several more weeks. God has always had a plan much bigger than either Reid or I could ever imagine. I have to chose to believe, everyday, that somehow this all fits perfectly into that plan.
We knew from the time of her delivery that Madelyn was struggling the most. The circumstances surrounding her birth caused a lot of trauma to her tiny body. After a day of fighting for a positive outcome, the neonatologist came to visit with us and told us it was time to let her go.
Late Saturday night we went to the NICU to hold our precious baby for the first and last time. She was absolutely perfect and looked just like her da…
Late this afternoon we became the proud parents of three little girls.
Madelyn Barrett: 1 pound
Olivia Bain: 1 pound, 5 ounces
Mary Grace: 1 pound, 10 ounces
The babies are stable in the NICU tonight and we are hopeful that God is going to move mountains as they grow and thrive.
Madelyn's (Baby B) amniotic sac ruptured on Sunday night. We had a sonogram done each day this week to check her heart beat, fluid level, and position. The doctors told us Friday morning that she was not likely to make it and that delivering her was not an option as it put too much risk on
Mary Grace and Olivia. Once again, we were told to wait and see.
Around 4:30 Friday afternoon I delivered Madelyn. The NICU team was here immediately to begin working on her.
When the doctor checked on the status of the other girls, he saw signs of infection and he immediately performed an emergency c-section to deliver Mary Grace and Olivia.
We have seen the Lord's mercy through each tough d…
If all continues to go well we will be headed home from the hospital tomorrow. I got a little stir crazy this afternoon and walking the halls just wasn't going to cut it so I went down to the gift shop to browse a bit. It feels so good to actually feel good after surgery. I also feel pretty rested and I'm very ready to settle into our new normal at home.
My dad and Ann have been taking care of Olivia and have been such a tremendous help to us. Reid's parents were in town until this afternoon and Olivia got to spend some time with them yesterday. She's been very well taken care of by all her grandparents and I'm pretty sure she hasn't thought twice about us. Out of sight, out of mind.
She has had a cough for a few days so Reid took her to the doctor this morning. Sure enough the cough is just allergy related but sweet girl has her first ear infection. The good news is that she hasn't run a fever and was able to get antibiotics to treat it.
For the first time in my life I feel like I'm truly living one day
at a time. Reid and I had a pretty good day yesterday. We were able to
sleep in which was wonderful. Reid made us lunch and we sat outside in
the backyard. It was a beautiful day and being outside did a lot of good
for my mental health. :) There were still a lot of hard moments as
memories from the night before would come rushing back to mind. We miss
our sweet babies so much.
Olivia had a
good day yesterday. It was uneventful (which is a very good thing in
the NICU) and they were able to turn down some of her medicine. We call
every morning to check on our sweet girl and her nurse was quick to tell
us how feisty our daughter is. We picked up on that in her first day of
life, but it was funny to hear that someone else had observed the same.
We are so in love with our feisty little Olivia.
we left the hospital, Reid and I went on a dinner date. It was so good
for us to get out and feel like we c…