Alice Marie

This is Alice Marie my new niece that was born a couple days ago.  She is perfect, she is healthy.

Mom called me moments after she was born.  When I talked to my sister she couldn't speak she was so emotional. The first things she said to me was "she is perfect, she is healthy".

When my nephew was born they had a difficult time getting his heart rate to come down to normal and quickly whisked him away to the NICU.  He ended up being fine with only a small hole in his heart that eventually healed but it was so scary.

With Bret's job there isn't a day that goes by where we don't hear about a mom who finds out that her baby is not healthy.  Miscarriage, birth defects, genetic issues, downs syndrome, the list is endless.  Sometimes you find these things out during your pregnancy but other times it's not until the baby is in your arms.  Bret and I talked about the worries only once during this pregnancy.  It was a very brief conversation where we both admitted to worrying some.  We also both agreed that we just can't go there or think about those things.  We pray for a healthy baby and also pray for the strength for whatever may come.  We hold our breath until we hold our baby in our arms and know for sure.

I asked my sister if the baby had 10 fingers and 10 toes and she had to think about it for a moment.  To us it is no longer a given.  I told Bret that when this baby comes (it will be my 3rd c-section) I want a full health report in the OR which will include 10 fingers/10 toes.  What I know without doubt is that the birth of a healthy baby is a miracle and such a blessing.  Only a few hours until we head to visit and meet our newest family member. 

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