The weekend out to see family had been so nice. We’d made the trip over to New Mexico to see the baby blessing for my niece and to attend another niece’s birthday party. Everyone was surprised we’d made the trip being 8 months pregnant. But I wasn’t worried. We had time, and we weren’t crazy far from home.
We got home late on the 15th. Cameron put Darrow to bed and then went to bed himself to be ready for work the next day. I sat on the couch to go over what I needed to do for the week. List after list started flowing out. I flipped open a new page in my notebook, and wrote “Things to do before the baby comes.” at the top of the page. I had about 5 or 6 items on the list when my water broke. God has a sense of humor with his timing.
The next 24 hours were full of tender mercies, new experiences (I vote next time I’m in a helicopter I’m not flat on my back with only a peripheral view of the window), and little miracles. Ione was born with the cord wrapped around her neck twice and very blue. She had fluid in both her lungs and stomach and threw up quite a bit her first 48 hours. Right after she was born and they got her color up, she was placed on my chest for about 2 minutes before they took her downstairs to the Special Care Nursery. I didn’t get to truly hold her for about an hour, but that first moment with her in my arms I was smitten.
We spent 16 days in the Special Care Nursery, and the amount of love from our friends, family, and people we didn’t even know still makes me emotional. Gas money, time off donated to Cameron from co-workers, help with Darrow, places to stay, meals, premie clothes, prayers, visits, a pedicure, etc. It was a hard experience, and yet I don’t look back on it as a bad experience in the slightest. It changed us, and it opened the door to new friendships and experiences. And we didn’t know it then, but it was just the beginning peek at this girl’s stubbornness, her desire to do things her way, and her sweet personality.
Today Ione turns 1, and I’m much more emotional than I expected to be. What a year this has been, and what a start it was! Happy Birthday Baby Girl! This year wouldn’t have been the same without this hungry, happy, determined, hot-tempered little girl!