Saturday, January 9, 2010

We're so proud!!

Ben and I will cherish the few hours we got to spend with Weslee's physical body the day she was born... Our immediate family was there to be able to hold and see God's creation with us!! I've been wanting to share some pictures we have from that bitter sweet day.. Ben is a very protective daddy and has had a hard time letting me... Weslee was 20 weeks gestation when she arrived.. she weighed 6.4 oz and was 8" long... she was perfect in every way other than being anencephalic. (a cephalic disorder that results from a neural tube defect - resulting in the absence a major portion of the brain, skull, or scalp) The doctors have no reason why this occurs... we've read hundreds and hundreds of articles, research papers, textbooks, etc. and still have no answers. In some ways that makes it easier, knowing it wasn't something specific we did.. The major connection between all research was the vitamin folic acid. What's ironic is that I had been taking prenatal vitamins (which has the recommended dosage of folic acid in them) for years before meeting Ben. We studied neural tube defects in nursing school and it horrified me. Therefore, I started taking them @ that point. My biggest dream has always been to be a mom and all that goes with it!! I am fascinated with pregnant bellies and was loving watching mine grow!!
They immediately put a hat on her when she was born but being a nurse and her mommy I immediately took it off to examine all 6.4oz of her!!
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from her birthday....
I loved seeing her 10 fingers and toes, so tiny yet so real!!
Holding our daughter for the first time
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"Can you believe she's ours, God chose us to be her mommy and daddy!!"
How proud we are!!


Shelli Robertson said...

Oh my gosh, I love the picture of her foot. That is so prescious. I hope you and your family are doing good. Your still in my prayers.

Christa,Brandan and Drew said...

What a perfect little foot. Love the pictures.

Jennifer said...

She is precious! Thank you for sharing Weslee with us!

Lilly, Matt, and Sara said...

Those are so precious that they brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much for sharing those with us! On the last post, I think about you and your whole family several times a day. You guys are always on my mind and I pray for you several times each day!!

Heather O'Dell said...

I am a "lurker" of lots of mommy blogs and I cannot even tell you how or when I came across your blog, but it was before Weslee Faith was born. Your family has been on my heart ever since her birth. I love her name and I love the pictures you shared of her. Praying for you and your family.

Karen said...

Found your blog from a friend's blog and have been following for awhile. Love the picture of her foot with her perfect tiny toes. I can tell you are both just in awe over her,and after all, aren't Mommies and Daddies supposed to be that way? I have been and will continue to pray for you all.

The Dorns said...

Oh my goodness the picture with her perfect lil toes needs to be blown up and framed it is that precious.

I just wanted to say you are an amazing woman and I admire your possitive attitude and your strength.

Sarah Bussey said...

I am so glad you are sharing your heart and you pictures with the world. Being a mom that also lost her baby I think it is important for us to share our stories. Looking at your pictures brought back a flood of emotions. The pictures are just like mine. I am so thankful that you were able to spend time with her as well as your families. She is beautiful and I want you to know I pray for you guys every night. Sarah I know we don't know each other but there is a special bond between mothers that lose their babies. I am here if you every want to talk. I know I find comfort in talking to people who know what I am going through. Mamie would be 7mths this past Monday and it seems just like yesterday. The pain will always be in our hearts as we long for next time we see her. God is good. I thank him for the strength that he gives me everyday. Please tell Ben hello for me.