Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year?

For those who were wondering, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. Nope. I just had a baby ... 3 weeks early. As teachers, we all understand the "best-laid-plans" mentality. Sorry if I left some of you hanging with products I was expecting to get finished. Life hit.

Harmony Hope Ray was born at 9:50pm, Monday, December 19, 2017 via VBAC. She had a full head of hair, was 20 inches long and 7lb 2 oz. 18 hours of labor followed by 3 hours of pushing, and our little girl entered the world. We were/are thrilled. I found out during labor that I had Strep B, which could be passed to Harmony during birth. Blessingly, she did NOT contract this. We were released late on Wednesday night and enjoyed time at home. However, she wasn't eating a ton and seemed lethargic. Harmony, myself, and my mom went to the pediatrician who basically said she seemed to be jaundice and needed to go to Vanderbilt ASAP. I called the hubs, and we were on our way within 15 minutes. Harmony was massively dehydrated and had lost over a pound in 4 days. She was a level 19/30 on the jaundice scale. Because she was small, the various nurses tried to find a vein for fluids. They blew 7 veins (2 in each hand, 1 in each arm, and one in the head) before they could get one to work well. Kevin had to go home to watch Crosby (our 2-year-old), so my mom came to stay the night with Harmony and me. Harmony was put under the blue light for almost 12 hours. I was not allowed to hold her but for 15 minutes every 2 hours. Break my heart. She was cold most of the night, so neither of us slept. We woke up on Christmas eve in the hospital. I had been praying most of the night for a miracle to go home that day. To be able to do this, she had to drop below level 14 and also eat 1.5oz from a bottle and 10-15+minutes for each feeding. These were monitored. She was rechecked at 8am and her jaundice level was a 12. PRAISE THE LORD!!! However, she still wasn't eating quite enough. So, my mom left us to go home to ready the house for Christmas, and Harmony and I hung out in the room, eating ... both of us ate. It was great. I got to watch Fixer Upper and rest. By late afternoon, Harmony was eating the required amount. Kevin came with Crosby to pick us up. When I got home, it was perfect.

So, with that said ... sorry it's taken me so long to blog. I'm hoping to get back at those continent studies in a week. Next up:
--Europe
--South America
--Antarctica

I'm just waiting on my clip artist for her AWESOME images ;)

Happy New Year!

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