Bridge of the Headless Horseman

Bridge of the Headless Horseman

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 months but they have stayed strong and not waivered in their belief that these girls want to be here. Brooke is a great mother already, putting her life aside daily to give her girls what they need. And Chris is proving to be a wonderful father working his regular job and taking care and preparing the house for the girls.

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 provide maternity services to the poor and black communities of Florida turned into a glorious testimony for midwifery. Gladys went through more tragedy in her life than most of could bare but always walked away standing strong and tall. When approached by the state of Florida to rescind her license she fought to keep it. When the state of Florida fought back she questioned herself, "Why Me?". The answer she got - "Why Not Me?". She fought and won.

She's gone from this world now, leaving her legacy in her daughter Maria, CNM, however, I will never forget the first time I sat in front of her and listened to this gentle soul speak. It was 1994 and what she shared with a group of midwives, wanna-be's and the childbirth community of North Florida is forever etched in my heart.

Read from her memory, not written on paper, clearly written on her heart, she read this Mary Dow Brine poem. I want to share this with all the Mother's I have helped, all the Mother's I have known, everyone who has a Mother - here on this Earth or in Heaven. Every Mother who birthed from her body and every Mother who birthed from her heart. Happy Mother's Day!

Somebody's Mother

by Mary Dow Brine

The woman was old and ragged and gray

And bent with the chill of the Winter's day.

The street was wet with a recent snow

And the woman's feet were aged and slow.

She stood at the crossing and waited long,

Alone, uncared for, amid the throng

Of human beings who passed her by

Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eye.

Down the street with laughter and shout,

Glad in the freedom of 'school let out,"

Came the boys like a flock of sheep,

Hailing the snow piled white and deep.

Past the woman so old and gray

Hastened the children on their way.

Nor offered a helping hand to her-

So meek, so tired, afraid to stir

Lest the carriage wheels or the horses' feet

Should crowd her down in the slippery street.

At last came one of the merry troop,

The gayest laddie of all the group;

He paused beside her and whispered low,

'I'll help you cross, if you wish to go."

Her aged hand on his strong young arm

She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,

He guided the trembling feet along,

Proud that his own were firm and strong.

Then back again to his friends he went,

His young heart happy and well content.

'She's somebody's mother, boys, you know,

For all she's aged and poor and slow,

'And I hope some fellow will lend a hand

To help my mother, you understand,

'If ever she's poor and old and gray,

When her own dear boy is far away.'

And "somebody's mother" bowed low her head

In her home that night, and the prayer she said

Was, 'God be kind to the noble boy,

Who is somebody's son, and pride and joy!"

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 the event of premature delivery. The steroids help mature the baby's lungs, preparing them for use before they would normally be ready. She continues with weekly appointments.

Yesterday, Brooke felt the babies on the outside of her belly for the first time! So strong :)