If you are reading this then my friends you truly are!
It's been sometime since I was able to visit here with you.
So....much has happened it might take awhile to work through this post!
It started way back in October, soon after my return from Tennessee...
I left to visit my son in Virginia who had just returned from a deployment to Japan.
I drove through winding mountain passes in West Virginia...
Through underwater tunnels and then....
I hadn't been home long...
Literally just days, when my daughter, April texted me several times from her Doctor's Appointment on Friday, November 8.
They wanted her to go directly to Weatherford hospital. She was having problems with severe swelling and high blood pressure. At this point, she was only 27 weeks and a few days into her pregnancy.
We left late the next day, driving and praying through the night so that we could be there on Sunday morning, November, 10.
We rented a larger truck than what we own so that we could bring Emmitt and all of the things we had been gathering for Paisley's nursery. We hadn't even started working on the nursery yet.
We were supposed to come the following week to do attend her baby shower and start on it then.
So, I'm going to stop and let you know that I've got chills just sharing this with you.
I am a women of Faith.
My relationship with my Heavenly Father is all that keeps me going at times.
We knew God had his hand on this precious little family, but now we know He had been making plans for something miraculous!
The birth of our tiny princess!
While in the Weatherford hospital over the weekend, April was given 2 steroid injections to help Paisley's lungs develop sooner. This was on the first day of her stay two days prior to Paisley's birth.
On Monday morning November 11th, April's doctor released her to come home. We were under strict orders to take April to Harris Hospital downtown Fort Worth if anything at all was not right.
After only about 6 hours at home, just after dinner, Russell came into the nursery where Hubby and I had just begun talking about the project ...
April was in the bathroom...
Something was not right...
We all knew she had to go to the hospital. Thinking it would only be overnight or a few days at most...
Russell and I threw what we had just unpacked into an overnight bag and off Russell went to the hospital a minimum of 45 minutes away.
They were not there but a short time when April's placenta tore away.. she had sudden onset Preeclampsia. A very severe case.
Had this happened at home...
Or even the Weatherford hospital...
We would not have our darling girls!
We were told that Weatherford would have had to wait for transport.
They would not have been able to save them both.
God knew Russell would get April to the hospital~lickety split!
Just in time as it were!
Daddy took it from his cell phone and sent it to me.
I wasn't even at the hospital yet!
We were in route, with my dearest darling Rebecca and the most amazing prayer team sending up prayers for our precious ones as we drove.
We were so blessed!
One of the specialist from the team of doctors we were supposed to meet the next morning was there and delivered Paisley. This team is so...good,
Women are flown in from all over the southwest for them to deliver there preemie babies!
There's God's hand again! .
All knowing and totally covering us with His grace!
The specialist just happened to be in the hospital that night and called into April's room just as her placenta tore away
We spent the next 64 days...
In the NICU!
I have to tell you these were some of the hardest days of my life.
Leaving their baby each and every evening. I tried hard to stay positive and upbeat. Never wanting April to know how I was struggling.
Prayer was all that kept me going some days.
I had Emmitt!
If you have ever gone through this or know someone who has....you understand.
Most nights, I would just collapse in bed and then cry.
Thank God for the amazing team of Doctors, Nurses and even Receptionist at the NICU!
They are truly Angels walking among us!
It can be so confusing in this environment, alarms going off on monitors, a different nurse everyday and it seems like everything you're being told conflicts with what they told you the day before...
It was a daily walk of Faith.
Totally out of control and relying on the One who was.
Whew! Hard stuff!
We were blessed with a few truly special nurses who got us through the thick of things!
Back at home in Indiana....
Our city of Kokomo was hit hard by a series of tornadoes on November 13.
We live in a small town to the south but....
My car was in Kokomo, sitting in the parking lot of the car rental agency.
It was totaled.
Our bank was leveled and a huge part of town was destroyed or nearly so.
But once again, God had a plan, I couldn't see it yet, but that silver lining had to show up soon,
I was getting weak in the knees!
He knew I needed a new vehicle and showed us a way for me to get the very one I wanted!
I even got to buy it while I was still in Texas!
It really helped having the additional vehicle...we were about to start our tag team race to get Paisley home.
I took the early morning feeds with the help of my mom from time to time.
April was there in the afternoon and evenings meeting up with Russell and then it would start all over the next day!
Seemed simple enough but let me tell you what...
When a baby has been fed through a tube since birth, they haven't a clue as to how to take a bottle! It was such a workout for her!
We had to literally teach Paisley how to eat!
Without her stat alarms going off!
This was the hardest part of our NICU stay!
Finally, it arrived!
2 months and 2 days after she was born...
The tiny princess came home to Weatherford! With much fanfare!
My daughter's face says it all and brings tears to my eyes everytime I see it!
HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!
Everyone including Emmitt was glad to see this day finally arrive!
One week later...
My hubby flew in to drive Emmitt and I home in our new vehicle.
After 74 days...
I had to leave Miss Paisley and her mommy!
We had a talk and she said "she would be good" but...
She's been pretty stinkin' ornery!
She just celebrated her 3 month birthday!
She now weighs 7lbs 9oz. and is 21.5 inches long!
She is now the size of the full-term newborn.
God truly blessed us!
Paisley is doing amazing! Other than being small...
She is doing great!
Don't let her small size fool you...
She's a pistol!
I wouldn't want it any other way!
I have a blast making her tiny blankets, headbands and shoes!
It has been hard being away after seeing her nearly everyday for the first 74!
Since I've been home...
We had a record year of snow!
Emmitt loves it!
Me, not so much!
It's been so...cold!
Somedays too cold for Emmitt to play outside....so he pouts!
I did have a chance to do a quick event....the very week after I got home!
I am feeling quite blessed after seeing all this now in print!
I am so very grateful to everyone who followed along on facebook.
Because the kids do not have internet out in the sticks of weatherford...
Doing blog posts was out of the question but we tried to keep everyone updated via facebook and instagram!
Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers!
They truly got us through!
My dear friend Deb and her darling daughter Jennifer were so... good to keep in touch and pray continuously! They had a very similar experience with their darling Bella!
You can read Bella's amazing story here
God knows how much I love you and Aunt Bea!
Well, that's it for now.
Life is starting to get back to normal.
We are back to our renovation and wow! Wait 'till you see the mess he's in there making as I sit here at my laptop!
Later this week I will show you Miss Paisley's nursery that Pappy/Hubby and I built for our tiny princess!
And then, the next project here at the reno ranch!
If you're still reading this you rock too!
Thank you so much for sticking it out with me!
Until next time...God Bless Ya'll!