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Not the best of news…

No mother ever wants to receive news that their is something wrong with their child, trust me. I got the results back from Melody’s newborn screening and it seems that she tested positive for congenital hypothyroidism and what that is exactly is something that cause your child to grow at a slower pace….. retarded growth and brain development problems. I was reassured that it could be helped with medication… so they are doing more test on her today to really make sure that she has it and they are going to be starting her on this pill that I am going to have to figure out how to crush up and administer it to her… easier for people that formula feed trust me. So, if Melody does have this problem, she will probably have to get a specialist from Emmanuel Children’s Hospital and possibly be taken to get blood drawn all the time so she can be closely monitored.

Please pray for Melody, Justin, and I as we are going through all this. I’ll keep you informed on the situation…

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Melody is here

I’ll write more when I have the time and am all rested up. But until then just letting everyone know our little blessing has been born! 🙂

born: 27 May 2008
time: 4:10 pm
7lbs 2 oz, 21 inches long, 13 in. head,
lots of black hair, and in perfect health!

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Steven Curtis Chapman Family Tragedy

I just heard about the incident that happened to Steven Curtis Chapman’s family. It breaks my heart and I  cried when I read about it from a friend’s blog of mine. On Wednesday, his 5 year old daughter was hit and killed by the family SUV. Her brother was backing the vehicle down the driveway and didn’t see her. She was rushed to the hospital, but didn’t make it.  It must be so hard for their whole family right now and  we should be lifting them up in prayer.

Life means so much, it’s so precious and in a matter of moments, it can be taken away so quickly.  I think I’ve learned that even more now as a new parent to be ( 3 days left). Don’t take your time with loved ones for granted because you never know when they’ll be taken from you.  It goes to show you that everything we have is not our own.  God is gracious and through things like this, I hope someone is able to be ministered to in some way.

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An Update

Mommy, Daddy, and baby Melody are all doing great over here. I had no time for update before but I figure I’ve got time for one now.

I just laid Melody down to sleep after I just fed her and gave her a bath. It’s her first real bath since her cord came off earlier this morning.  She’s so adorable and a great little baby… we just have to figure out the night schedule still… she’s been wanting to sleep in the bed with us instead of her own… we’ll see how that goes.

Labor and delivery…how did that go? It went well. I went in Tuesday the 27th to be induced and had natural birth in mind but shortly after my water got broken… about 3-4 hours later my contractions were hurting me so badly that I went ahead and got an epidural done. I felt so much better afterwards… well other than the drive heaving of nausea it caused me. I did have to have second dose of the epidural because I started having alot of pain in left side of my body.  I had the baby around 4:00pm since I dilated pretty quickly. I went from 4 cm around 1pm to 9-10cm at 4pm. I only had to push for no longer than ten minutes. My RN started my pushing and the Doctor arrived short after to deliver my baby 🙂 What an experience it all was. Melody had three visitors in the hospital … Grandma Becky, Auntie Megan , and our life group leader and friend Jake and of course there were calls from family in Georgia too.

How are we doing on sleep? We are doing okay… no major loss and I feel great… my stitches aren’t bothering me anymore and as for the bleeding, it’s been pretty light now.  The breastfeeding took some getting used to as I wasn’t having her properly latch right off so I got bruised pretty badly and was quite sore to begin with.

She weighed 6lbs 9ounces at the pediatrician visit so we are hoping she weighs a lot more at her two week visit but other than that, she’s a very healthy little girl 🙂

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My stomach kinda looks like that beach ball! It’s Friday and still Melody is hanging on in there. I had my 39 week appointment yesterday and my Doctor said I am about 3cm dilated and still 90ish effaced. Still she can come at anytime. My husband and I went ahead and scheduled to have her induced on her due date ( Tuesday).  So we shall see if she stays in my tummy for that much longer.  I just finished seeing what needed cleaned and sanitized around the house and there wasn’t much for me to do.  I’m just really ready for my baby girl to be here!

Justin is planning on making some yummy Italian chicken on the grill tonight for dinner… so I am hoping I am still around for that. LOL…. I just finished eating half a watermelon and am quite full 🙂

Hanging in there… and if there’s no updates on here for a few days, that means my baby came!

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