Sunday, January 24, 2010

We have a Girl!!!!!

Friday, January 8th is the day God changed our lives forever! We received a call on my cell phone, while down in Ada for my Granny's hip surgery, from our case worker. She asked us how soon we felt we could receive a little baby girl!!!


I want so much to show you the many pictures we have took. But we need to protect her identity for a few more months, hopefully just a few. There are so many details of her story getting to us, but I have to keep those to share at a later time as well. But I will tell you, our little girl was born in November at 27 weeks gestation weighing under 3 pounds and has spent the entire time up to January 11th in the NICU. God protected her amazingly while she was in the womb. She was only on a ventilator for a little over a day. The nurses told us she practically took herself off the vent!! She is a fighter!! We are so grateful to God He made her so strong and determined! She remained in the NICU due to her weight and eating. However, she began eating more on her own and the feeding tube was removed the day we met her!!

Although we received the placement call around 7:40 a.m., we did not get to the hospital until approximately 3:00 p.m.!! Although I did not carry a child and go through the pains of labor, I can kind of relate to the anticipation a mother may have. Bryan and I thought the time to finally see her would never come. We had to explain the events to my Granny and tell her goodbye. Then we rushed home to pick up the car seat/carrier (Some of my mom-friends call it car seat. Some call it carrier. I'm still not sure what to call it!) and diaper bag. Then we drove to the Child Welfare office to sign our contract!

We made a mad dash over to Brooklyn's so she could show us and make sure we properly installed the car seat! She has 3 kids and another one on the way. We knew we were dealing with an expert! And finally...............we made it to the hospital!!

Seeing our little girl for the first time!

One of the first feedings we did:Bryan is an expert!! He is very protective of his little girl! Now, two weeks later, he has our precious one on some type of an eating competition. He keeps telling her she is about to break the previous day's record!

Shortly after we met our little one, she was moved into a transition room in the NICU. It was mostly for our benefit, I think. We learned to feed with her, change her diaper, all while she was still on monitors. It gave us a strong peace. The staff also wanted to make sure she adequately had her sucking, breathing, and swallowing coordination down. It was a room where one of us could spend the night. And Boom! In a split second, I began the night shift of feeding a baby! Something I have waited a long time for! I have loved it. I do have to admit, though, the 2 a.m. feeding is the hardest.

Since we met her, we spent 3 nights in the hospital and we brought her to our home on Monday, January 11, 2010!!

Bryan and His Girl before coming home

Our First Family Picture

We have spent the past two weeks bonding and cuddling with our little girl! We have had two eye appointments and two doctor appointments. She has had her two month immunization shots. That event required lots and lots and lots of additional love and holding! It was the most we had ever heard her cry. :(

We have been overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the love, prayers, and support shown by so many! We have had meals brought to us and so many have text us, emailed us, or called us! We have loved every minute. People have made us feel so special. We are so blessed to have such a great group of people around us. We have no words to express how our hearts have felt.

Bryan's mom took this picture I think on the Monday we came home. We spent a lot of time like this. I would text (I love holding baby girl on my chest!! She is a great cuddler!!) and Bryan removed some pictures from face book. Upon a suggestion, we deleted pictures of our girl until further into her process.

Please continue to pray for our family. One parental unit's rights were terminated and we are now waiting on the other's to be terminated. We hope to know a status on adoption in the Spring. I long for when I can tell you just how specifically God has been in so many aspects of this journey...many of which we discovered the first weekend we met our girl.

I wonder if we are a little abnormal....We love changing diapers! We love it that sweet baby has wet and dirty diapers! It tells us she is healthy and "everything" is working fine!! Immediately after Bryan changed his first dirty diaper, he saw the need to put the diaper geannie (sp?)together!!

Not long after being home, I discovered it was very hard to keep my hair out of the way during feedings and cuddling. I had an appointment already made and was able to get a "new mom" cut. Thanks Aunt Lissa!!

One of the delays in making this initial post is just how to come up with the right words, the adequate Praise to God. I want to share just the right scriptures, just the right descriptive words to communicate my thoughts and emotions. It has been very hard to articulate what I am feeling inside. It is indescribable. I feel very unworthy. I'm still in awe. Throughout our time in the NICU just holding and staring at our baby and over the past two weeks, I would just keep thinking of Christ Tomlin's "Indescribable." This part of our journey is so much more, so incredibly more than we ever could have imagined or wished for!

You or someone you know may still be in the waiting. Some are waiting for the baby still to come. Some are waiting for that Godly spouse. Some our waiting on a job and/or financial stability. Some are waiting for healing. Some are waiting for a house to sell. Waiting is hard, tiring, and painful. Sometimes in the midst of the waiting it is hard to see, understand, and believe the greatness that will come on the other side of the waiting journey. Sometimes when you are left in the waiting and others, like my family, are beginning to see the end to waiting, you get discouraged. I know, I've been there. It is a very human feeling. But believe me, GOD SHOWS HIMSELF SO MUCH MORE FAITHFUL THAN WE ARE! It is not just a cliche. Tell yourself over and over, God is real! God is real! He has called me to this journey, called me to this season of waiting. In our waiting, I have learned:

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. He has made everything beautiful in its time."

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11

Pray with FAITH. I would ask God to protect our child to come if he or she were still in the womb. At times, I prayed though wondering how in the world a child could be protected and free from alcohol/substance abuse while the mother kept making bad decisions after bad decisions. I neglected and forgot the POWER AND PROTECTION OF GOD! We have experienced it first hand in our daughter!!

Have HOPE. Have FAITH.

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces HOPE, and HOPE does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:1-5

Stay in HIS WORD.

"This God--his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him." Psalm 18:30

"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have HOPE."

Romans 15:4

"And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughter to me, says the Lord Almighty."

2 Corinthians 6:18

If you have repented of your sins and asked Christ to be your Lord and Saviour, You too are adopted into His family and HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!

"How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"
Matthew 7:11b

I got to go to church this morning while Bryan stayed home with Little Bit. Our pastor used 2 Chronicles 16:9 in his message. I think it may be applicable to many of us."For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him."

Tomorrow Bryan goes back to work. It will be my first official day as a mom all by myself during the day!

God has bestowed His marvelous GRACE on our family!!


Ashley said...

Beautiful! So glad that Lord has blessed you! I'm overflowing for you and I don't even know you!

Megan said...

Oh Julie I am beyond happy for you and Brian! You are just glowing in these pictures!!! I cannot wait to see more pictures of that sweet baby girl!

Danielle said...

YAY!!! What a wonderful blessing she is! And what loving parents she has!! we love you guys!

Lindsey said...

What a precious post! I'm overjoyed for y'all! You are truly glowing and she is adorable (I saw a few pics on FB before they were deleted). Can't wait to follow you on this journey!!!!

Angela said...

Julie...I'm just SO happy for you guys. This is just wonderful. You are the perfect parents for this perfect baby. God bless you!

Betsy said...

Julie...I just LOVED seeing all these sweet pictures. Ya'll look so happy!!! I am just thrilled for you. God has answered all your prayers. What a happy time for your family. :)

Jamie said...

She is so beautiful! I am so happy for all 3 of you! Such a great family!

Mandi said...

Julie, I completely understand that indescribable joy that comes from seeing God work in ways only He can...the humility that comes from knowing He has lavishly blessed us when we are so undeserving. I am OVER THE MOON happy for you, Bryan, and baby girl!!! I also got a mom cut shortly after Dillan was placed with us. :)

Kelly said...

Through our entire journey with Harper - you stayed constantly on my heart because I wanted you to be a mom so badly. I hurt so bad knowing how must feel to wait. But this post just MAKES MY NIGHT! I'm so happy for you to finally be able to share the joy I have had! You and Bryan are the amazing parents I knew you would be and I know God picked that sweet girl out especially for you!!! Your faithfulness and trust in God have NOT gone unnoticed. You are such an example of FAITH!!!!
Enjoy every last minute with your girl and I can't wait for LOTS of posts (please keep the blog up) and pictures when you can!!!

Lauren Kelly said...

Julie, this post made me smile huge. I am so incredibly happy for you both!!!!!! :) Can't wait for more pictures!

Victoria said...

WOW - I have NO idea who you are, nor have I ever read your blog until today when I stumbled across it. I am in tears reading about your new miracle. Congratulations - Victoria

petrii said...

Julie I am so very happy for you and Bryan. These words and Scripture have touched my heart so. I am in the waiting and it is so hard sometimes. But I know that God's way is the best, so we wait for His will. Thank you for sharing part of this journey with us. Little Bit is just gorgeous.

I love you so sweet friend,

sweet tea in a pink glass said...

I just found your blog and it brought tears to my eyes, I'm so happy for you, God is amazing! I delivered a 27 weeker on Oct. 15 and spent 10 weeks in the Nicu, she came home Dec. 23. Those eye exams are scary but these little premiees are amazing and so strong. Can't wait to see more pictures.

Chic Runner said...

It's funny because when I started following your blog, each post I checked back for this post! I knew it would come one day! It reminded me a lot of the story my mom told me about how she got the call to get ME! :) You two are so deserving and I know you will be awesome parents. I will be keeping you in my prayers as the rest of the process continues. :) So happy for you!

Guyla said...

So happy for you and Bryan! Praying for you all!

Heather said...

JULIE!!!! I am so very thrilled and excited for you. I am just crying tears of joy reading this!! Can't wait to put "PRAISE- BABY GIRL!!" by your name in my prayer journal!!! You are already such a wonderful mother!!! I praise God for how He answered our prayers...and gave you and Bryan the desires of your hearts!!! Can't wait to see more pics!!! (But PLEASE don't put that beautiful girl in an OU outfit- ha!!!) Love ya!

Kim said...

I am so happy for you!! I am literally crying tears of joy! You two look so happy :)

Faith said...

Julie, this post is just incredible! I love seeing you and Bryan with your precious daughter!!! She is just beautiful, and so are you - new momma!

Thank you so much for sharing how God has worked in your lives. Your words of encouragement and the scriptures that you shared have blessed my heart.

Look forward to more updates!

Megan L Hutchings said...

This has absolutely made my day!!! You have been waiting so long and BAM you are now a proud mother. I am looking forward to more pics and more parental stores!

judy said...

Julie, God could not have found better parents anywhere for your precious little girl! She will always be special! Isn't God so good??

Just praise Him, Thank Him and enjoy every minute with your daughter!! She is also a blessed baby to have you and Bryan for parents! Congratulations!


valerie said...

I have prayed for such a long time for you and Bryan.
I put your Christmas card on my fridge (it's still there) and when my son asked "who are they?" I was able to tell him about you and how this is a reminder to pray every day for you.
I know it's been a long, long wait and you have cried so many tears, but your testimony is now blessing countless others and giving them hope.
You are amazing, Julie and I'm SOOOO thankful for this sweet little baby girl.
Now, when do we get to come see her? :) Kristen and I have talked and we would love to bring a gift by sometime. You just let us know when you're ready.
I sat here and cried reading this. It's just so precious!
I will continue to pray for every little detail to work out perfectly.
Love you Julie!