Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lily has arrived

Introducing...




Lily Rylan born screaming August 5, 2008. 4lbs 5oz and 17 1/2in long.



It was a stressful week. I'll post her birth story when I can, but she's healthy and happy. She's in NICU and will be there for probably 4 weeks, but she's healthy and alive and that's all that matters. We were finally able to hold her for the first time yesterday, and it was horrible leaving the hospital without her. I can't help but think of the last time we left the hospital empty handed, but it's not the same and I have to remind myself when I have moments of panic. The nurses are so good to her and we can call or visit 24hrs a day.

She's been under lights for jaundice for the past 2 days, but hopefully today she'll be off. Yesterday she was off her CPAP machine and is completely breathing on her own. I've never been so proud. I just want to tell every person that I see. My baby is breathing on her own.

It's going to be a long 4 weeks, but so worth the wait.

Thank you all for your support and your love. I could not have done it without you. And in case you are wondering, my aunt is still holding on. I'm not sure what she's waiting for, but she was able to see a picture of Lily and according to my mother, she smiled for the first time in weeks. Everyone said goodbye to her yesterday, and I'm not sure how her night went but I haven't heard anything yet. It's almost as though Lily had to come early to save the rest of the family from so much heartache.



23 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG I knew it! She's beautiful and breathing on her own. OH Becky I am SO happy for you guys!!! Congratulations on acheiving that which some people said was impossible and you were crazy for wanting. I don't even know what to do with myself I'm so happy. Take your time with your blog, we understand, and we are here regardless.

Heather said...

YAY becky she is beautiful! I am so happy for you guys. And im so glad your aunt got to see a picture of her, how perfect.

congrats from a fellow oct mom, heather :)

Anonymous said...

B,

i am so very happy for you. thanks for giving everyone who said you couldn't the symbolic 'bird' for all of us that still hold on to the dream. she is so beautiful. i can't beleive she's here, i'm sure you can't either. pinch yourself. she's breathing....she's ok.
YAY!

Amy said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful! I am so happy for you!

Azaera said...

OMG congrats!!! She is absolutely gorgeous. I am so crying now with happiness for you!! I just want to hold her and hug her!! SO beautiful.

CLC said...

She's gorgeous!! I am so happy for you and your family. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

hi becky!
congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! she is absolutely gorgeous! i knew that you would have a happy ending! now you have a beautiful baby girl with two big brothers who will always be watching over her! congrats to you all!
oh, and i can't remember my password for google, so i have to sign in as anonymous.
lots of hugs,
nicole
niccalvin14

Virginia said...

She is gorgeous! Congratulations!

Monica H said...

"I just want to tell every person that I see" Me too. It's almost like it's happening to me- almost. I just can't express how happy and relieved I am for you. I know I have a chance at this, you and Lily have proved that to me.

Last night Mr. H asked if I was okay because I was crying and I answered, "Why wouldn't I be?" and he said "well another one of your blogger friends had a baby." and I responded with, "I know isn't it wonderful!" And I meant it.

I will continue to pray tthat everything goes well over the next 4 weeks and 80+ years of her life. What a wonderful and beautiful baby. What a wonderful and beautiful mom.

Heidi said...

Visiting from Stillhopeful. Congratulations! I love the way you blended your boys' names to make Lily's middle name. That is such an honor to your sons.

mrsmuelly said...

Welcome Lily! Congratulations Becky and Derrick...she truly is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I'll be on pins and needles until you post her birth story - I want to know EVERYTHING!!!

Mrs Macgyver said...

Congratulations on your little girls safe arrival. I am so thrilled for you all!

Wow Becky that is the best news I have heard in ages!

Can't wait to hear her birth story.

heathers243 said...

OMG! Becky! I'm so very happy for you guys. Lily is beautiful and I am just beyond words thrilled for your whole family.

Monica said...

Monica and I went to lunch and she couldn't stop talking about how happy she is for you and how beautiful Lily is. And she is beautiful. Congrats.

butterflyanla said...

Oh Becky, She is beautiful beyond words. I had a dream a week ago she was here and I thought I was just being weird because I haven't finished knitting her sweater. Glad she is here, overjoyed by the fact that she breathes on her own,and completely smitten with her beauty already.

~S said...

ohmygosh! I'm so SO happy for you!! She's so beautiful!!! Now I know why I haven't heard from you! :-) You've been a little busy! Congratulations!!!! I can't wait to hear everything!

Monica H said...

I guess now you can take off the ticker you have on your blog saying she's 32 weeks :-)

Debbie said...

Oh Becky-- I can't help but have tears of joy for you! I'm so happy she's here & healthy! Keep the pictures coming, friend! <3 <3

Kristi said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful.

Devon Rene said...

found your blog from another...just wanted to say congrats!!

you deserve it!

my little girl was born at 29 weeks in 2006 (she turned 2 on saturday) and she is just PERFECT today! The NICU is not a fun place but SO much better than the alternative!

We also had twin boys in March of this year but sadly, they did not stay here with us. So while the NICU is hard...You will be bringing your baby home!

CONGRATS!

Carie Bass said...

HOOOOOORRAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!

Lily is beautiful! And look at that smile already!! She just knows how loved she is between he parents bursting with love and joy and her brothers holding her close.

God Bless your whole sweet family!

Carie (cariemamax5)

Ange said...

This is such wondeful wonderful news. She is gorgeous and going to be home with you soooo soon. So very pleased for you.

Holkyle said...

I too am visiting from Stillhopeful. We just had our first and she was 5 and a half weeks early. I was in a loss group w/ Monica.
As hard as it is to see your baby with all the plugs, cords, wires etc...each day she will get stronger and bigger and it gets easier. We whispered to our little girl (now 13 weeks) what she needed to do each day in the NICU.
Saying prayers for health and love and angels to surround your family!!
Holly