Annabelle was born 1.6lbs and 11 inches. Seeing her for the first time was emotional, scary and yet happy at the same time. She had all these tubes and wires around her. But it was love at first sight for both me and my husband.
When I was 27 weeks pregnant I started to go into labor. The hospital was able to somewhat stop the contractions until my water broke. It happened in the middle of the night. After I called for a nurse, they quickly came in and gave me an ultrasound. They could find no heartbeat.
I was terrified especially since my husband was home asleep. I was rushed to the operating room. I awoke several hours later to find my husband next to me. When they took my daughter out she had had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck several times. They were able to resuscitate her and she was in the NICU on oxygen.
Annabelle was born 1.6lbs and 11 inches. Seeing her for the first time was emotional, scary and yet happy at the same time. She had all these tubes and wires around her. But it was love at first sight for both me and my husband. I swear she smiled at us when we said hello! 🙂
She was so small she could have fit into our hand. In fact, our wedding ring fit on her arm as a bracelet!
At first, we wondered why God would do this to our little girl. We soon realized why. We celebrated every milestone that most parents took for granted, such as gaining an ounce, being able to breathe more on her own when the oxygen is turned down, her body being able to handle one more cc of formula.
She has helped to build a strong relationship among family and friends. Everyone praying together for what her doctors said would be a miracle! I am so very grateful for our little daughter!
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