Showing posts from May, 2011

Gigi's Journal - Pics from May 25, 2011

Lennon (CCC) and Coeur d'Lane's (AAA) cute faces! Can you see Coeur d'Lane's foot? Next appointment is one week from tomorrow!

Gigi's Journal - May 25, 2011

Twenty six weeks and 2 days.
The girls are growing wonderfully! Coeur d'Lane is now estimated to be 1 pound 14 ounces and Lennon is just behind her at 1 pound 10 ounces. They are each approximately 14 inches long. Also, their eyes are starting to open now!
The next appointment is in two weeks and the Jacksonville Baby Shower is on June 7. Email me privately if you are interested in attending!
I will be adding pics from the visit when I get them!

Gigi's Journal - May 21, 2011

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. ~C.S. Lewis
Twenty-five weeks and 5 days. The Fairdale Baby Showerwas today. What an amazing turnout! There had to be at least 75 people at this shower. Friends, Family, Co-Workers - all celebrating with Brooke and Chris, their girls, Coeur d'Lane and Lennon. There were particularly surprised and pleased that several moms from Jacksonville sent up beautiful gifts. Brooke's next appointment is on Wednesday.

Gigi's Journal - May 11, 2011

Love is all you need. John Lennon
Twenty four weeks and two days.
Today's visit with Dr. T went very well. He took a look at the girl's hearts and they look perfect. He looked carefully for any signs of a problem from the surgery and there are none, thank God.
Coeur d'Lane weighs 1 pound 7 ounces and Lennon weighs 1 pound 2 ounces (Lennon finally slowed down enough for a lovely 3D picture!). They are about 12 inches long now. During this time cells in the lungs begin to develop something called surfactant which will help air sacs in the lungs hold oxygen when they are born. As a precaution, in the event of premature delivery, Dr. T is recommending steroids which help this process. Actually, he doesn't see any indication of preterm delivery and is hopeful that Brooke will carry them a couple of more months. She's doing so well that he wants to see her back in two weeks.
I am very proud of Brooke and Chris. This has been a very stressful last two and half mont…

Happy Mother's Day

Today is a day that means a lot to me. Not just because I'm Somebody's Mother but because I get to help Somebody become a Mother. I like to think that it's more than the fact that I run in and catch Someone's baby. On Mother's Day each year, I think of the midwives that helped me become Somebody's Mother (Bobbie, Monte and Linda). How they held my hand, told me I could do it and silently supported me through the process. No rush, no hurry - just waited. To become Somebody's Mother is much more than pushing a baby out. The befores, durings and afters of that moment are critical. There are many Somebodies who have Mother's that never pushed a baby out. My all-time hero of the modern Midwifery movement is Gladys Milton. In 1958, Gladys Milton, wife and mother of seven children, was approached by the Florida Department of Health to become a "lay" midwife to rural Florida. What was supposed to be an effort by the powers that be to provid…

Gigi's Journal - May 4, 2011 Pics

This pic of Coeur d'Lane was taken at the last visit on May 4. Miss Lennon moves so much so the 3D pics don't come out as good.

Gigi's Journal - May 4, 2011

Twenty three weeks and two days.

I can't help thinking of a friend who sufered a similar loss and the echo of her words: "two with feet, one with wings". So applicable here as these two babes grow and flourish under the watchful eye of their sister.
Ali (mother of five boys including triplets)
This picture of Oliver sums up many feelings we have had over the last couple of weeks as many of us have come to deal with Emerson's demise. We have the equipment and understanding of how to use it but we don't know or understand it all.
There is a verse in the Bible that sums this up for me. Isaiah 55:9 - For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Brooke had a visit with Dr. T (her doctor in Louisville). The ultrasounds looked great. The problem that was on the last fetal echo is no longer there. Both girls fluid levels are also good. Dr. T wants to start Brooke on steroids as a precaution in…