Meet my Studmuffin :)

As most of you probably know baby boy made his entrance into this world a bit earlier than expected on Monday night at exactly 6:33 p.m.

I can’t tell you how sorry I am for not updating sooner, things have been so crazy and life has changed forever yet again. We have been blessed beyond measure with this little guy.

It started on Monday, when my contractions were becoming intense and literally off the charts. The nurse on duty called my doctor. My doc decided she wouldn’t chance a disaster and told me at 1:00 pm that she would deliver him at 6 pm. Of course given the lecture by the neo a few days prior, I was scared. I would have carried him five more weeks if given the opportunity.

The wait was scary and we had no idea what to expect. My doctor arrived at 6:10 and by 6:33 our little man was here. I heard his cry and it made me cry. What a beautiful sound! :)

He was cleaned up and we got to be with him for a few minutes…
He was then rushed to the NICU for evaluation since technically he was born prematurely. They wheeled me to recovery for a few hours and we waited and waited for news…

My husband got to follow him to the NICU where they monitored all his vitals. And wouldn’t you know it??? A rainbow AND a giraffe on the screen :)
When it was my time to be released from recovery I got to see my little man again :) 
He was huge!!! Weighing in at 7 pounds and 5 ounces!!! The entire staff in the OR couldn’t believe how big he was for a 35 weeker (35.4) And the nurse who was standing next to me during the cesarean even told me his cry was a good one for his gestational age. My hope really skyrocketed after hearing his weight and his cry. 
On the way to the postpartum room they took me to see him and there he was…
chunky just like the u/s showed us everytime :)
The next morning, my hubs and I ventured out to visit him in the NICU. The night before we were told that his breathing was a little faster than it should be and that if it continued they would be unable to feed him formula and have to start an IV… :(
Other than that, the nurse told us that there was nothing else to worry about at the moment. 
I worried all night how he was doing, and really tried to refrain from calling too much but around 4 in the morning I broke and called the NICU to see how he faired through the night. 
He was doing better on his breathing and even got to eat some more formula :)
Well anyway, we visited him later that morning and the nurse approached us and told us that after the neo looked at him, he could be released and join us in our room :) :) :)
I wasn’t expecting that news :]
He was even more of a miracle than I thought!

The next few days, they monitored his eating, my incision… the whole nine yards… 
He got tons of visitors :) and ate and slept A LOT!

And he even woke up for a little while and let his Aunt Katie and my hubs take some fun pictures of him :)

Wednesday, the fifth I thought of his big sister… nothing new. I have to admit that I felt a lot of peace on her birthday. Not because I wasn’t heartbroken but because I could still be heartbroken even in the midst of such an immense joy. I was so afraid first of all that I wouldn’t be able to possess enough love in my heart for another child. (sound crazy now but really). Well after hearing his first cry that fear was silenced and I knew immediately that the heart only grows in capacity for those you love. And then the fifth came around and I dreaded not being able to cry anymore for his big sister Jenna, and not being sad anymore over her loss. But my heart somehow balanced extreme joy with extreme sadness that day. I found out I could still cry and all the grief I felt before Joseph’s arrival was still there. Comforting to me that I can still grieve my daughter and love my son simultaneously. 
Thank you everyone that emailed me and commented here and on Jenna’s blog, for your prayers and well wishes these past few days with the impending arrival of Jenna’s first birthday and her little brother’s birth. I am so blessed to have the support this community has lent our family. I hope you will continue to follow this blog… I have some ideas, though the title might change it will still be about our little man.
XO
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    Caroline says:

    So glad everything went well. I have been praying and praying. He is beautiful !!! What a precious gift from God. God is so good. That was special to see a rainbow on the screen. Happy Mother's day !!!
    Love ya and {{HUGS}}
    Caroline

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    michelle hs says:

    oh, he is beautiful! i'm so happy for you. and wow…so big to be premature! *HUGS*

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    Cindy @ This Adventure, Our Life says:

    So happy for you, As tear roll down my face, your baby boy is adorable. Happy Mother's Day to you!! ((hugs))

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    Lea says:

    So, so happy for you. Pure tears of joy right now. So amazing! What a big boy for 35 weeks! Strong and healthy. He is gorgeous. No doubt, Jenna had a hand in bringing him to you safely.

    xx

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    Lauren says:

    he is absolutely gorgeous and I am so so so happy for you!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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    Antoinette says:

    I am absolutely thrillllllleeeeeeeddddddddddd for you and your husband…what an amazing thing!!! ant the giraffe and rainbow??? A little gift from Jenna maybe?? Just to let you know she is there too…God bless you Franchesca, I dont know if you know how much I prayed….But I did…we all did….and seeing him is even more special that i thought..!!! It really brings us all hope for the future…kiss him 100x for me and ALyssa congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mary says:

    Been praying non stop, and the Lord answered all my prayers!!!! I am so happy for you! Jenna is watching over you all and her beautiul new brother!!!

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    Michelle says:

    He is beautiful or should I say handsome! I am so glad everything is OK. What a great Mother's Day gift. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

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    *Laura Angel says:

    Goosebumps the whole time while reading this. I am soo happy for you! He looks a lot like your husband! xoxox

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    Jess says:

    God is just so good! I couldn't help but cry when reading your post. Joseph is beautiful and amazing! I'm so glad everything went so well, and he is such a big, healthy boy!! So happy to hear you felt peace on Jenna's birthday, and were able to balance all the emotions of missing her and loving her little brother at the same time! God bless you and your family:).

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    Lisette says:

    My gosh he is gorgeous!!!! I am crying happy tears for you right now. Jenna made sure you had this blessing in your arms to get through. What a blessing. Keep taking those pictures and sharing with us. ((HUGS)).

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    Jenn says:

    So thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!!! 7.5 was my birth weight and I was full term. So so so happy for you guys. You're absolutely right about having the capacity to continue to grieve while loving another child. I have a rainbow baby (she is 3 now) and it's exactly like that. Children aren't replaceable.

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    heathermohr says:

    Oh Franchesca, I'm all teary-eyed reading this right now. I'm over the moon happy for you! And I'm so happy to hear about how you were able to balance your joy with your sorrow of missing Jenna. That is something I have thought about often. Anyway, I'm just so thrilled for you. So thrilled. I can't wait to read more about your new little man!

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    Jessica says:

    Franchesca, I am so excited to see this post. I have been thinking of you, Joseph and Jenna Belle. I still plan to write her name…I was just at the beach here at home writing Jonathan's name and forgot about Jenna's birthday, but I promise I will do it next time I go. Lots of love and hugs to you, Jenna and your whole family. What a beautiful baby boy!!

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    Melissa says:

    Wow, he is so big for being early! Congrats he is gorgeous.

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    jamie says:

    Joseph is adorable. I am so very happy for you!!! And wow – what a healthy beautiful boy you have!!! Congrats!

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    Crystal Theresa says:

    congratulations again to you, Franchesca. he is so gorgeous, and i love that you saw the giraffe and rainbow on the screen. thanks for taking the time to post about Joseph's arrival; i've been thinking about you. i can understand the fear of not having enough room in your heart for both of your babies, for joy and for grief – we are truly wonderfully made by the Father to have such a great capacity for love; just imagine how His own heart must be!

    xoxo,
    crystal @ Blessed to Be Broken

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    Marie W says:

    Congrats Franchesca! What a cute little chunkster.

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    Laura says:

    Congratulation on your little man! He is beautiful!

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    MissingYouAlways says:

    oh honey he is just absolutley beautiful!!! i am so very very happy for you.

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    Kelly says:

    Congratulations Franchesca! He is adorable! Welcome to the world Joseph xo

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    Jill says:

    Oh wow, soooo many tears of joy for you right now. LOVE the pictures of your little man!! xxxxxxx

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    Allison (Ali) says:

    congrats! he's precious and such a little chunk!

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    Michelle says:

    Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous baby. I can't believe how big he is for being early. God is soooo good. I love that the monitor had a giraffe and a rainbow, God is in the little details isn't he? I prayed so much for you and will continue to pray for your recovery and the transition of the hormone changes that are on the way. Sending much love and blessings your way!

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    Ruth says:

    I'm so glad for you and your family! He is a lovely little guy.

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    Sarah says:

    THANKYOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wonderful, wonderful news Franchesca!!!!!!!!!!!
    So enormously happy for you and thrilled your little man is doing so well :-)
    He is a little chubber- BRILLIANT!!!

    Wohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Maggie says:

    He's beautiful!!! Congratulations Franchesca!!! I am thrilled for you and your family! :)

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    Christy says:

    So happy for you Fran. A beautiful baby boy. What a wonderful time for you….many hugs!
    xoxo

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    Jayme says:

    Congrats! He's absolutely perfect :)

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    Sarita Boyette says:

    He is gorgeous!You don't know how happy I am for you and hubs that you are getting to take a baby home! Thank God for answered prayer!

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    Debby@Just Breathe says:

    I actually wrote to someone today to see if they had heard anything. I wanted to email you but didn't want to bother you. He is precious. I am thrilled beyond words. What a blessing you have been given. Just look at that beautiful face, those full cheeks. Have a wonderful time loving him. xxoo

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    Jeanette says:

    Oh My, he is just adorable. I'm so very happy for you. I've been thinking about you, and Joseph and of course Jenna all week. x

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    belle says:

    WHOOO-HOOOOOOOO!!!!! YEAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

    I AM SO THRILLED FOR YOU!!!!!!!

    what a sweet little guy:)
    jenna belle must be so proud of her baby brother xoxoxox

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    Malory says:

    As I sit here with tears running down my cheeks I feel immense love & joy for you. I am sooo happy for you! The giraffe & rainbow, how amazing is that!!!! I will never forget that detail. Rest up, feel better, kiss that baby boy for me! How handsome!

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    Tina says:

    That is amazing Franchesca…I am so happy for you. He is a beautiful BIG boy!!! xx

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    Kristie says:

    Franchesca, I am so so beyond words happy for you guys. What an adorable little man. so stinkin cute! I am so glad you said what you did about being able to treasure your joy for Joseph and still connect with jenna. Amazing about the monitor! Got a big aww! I'm just so glad for you!

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    lovinghenry says:

    FRANCHESCAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

    Baby Joseph is gorgeous and I am so thrilled that all is well! I am so very happy for you!

    Enjoy that little darling! I bet Jenna whispered in his ear and said, "Mummy needs you right now…. time to go see her!" BLESS!

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    JenJen says:

    Congratulations! He is simply beautiful!

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    Lori says:

    Please don't let the fact that this is a belated comment convey that you haven't been on my mind and heart all week because YOU HAVE!!!!!!!!! So much!!!

    Your boy is absolutely amazing and I am truly just so happy for you. I got chills when I saw the little rainbow and giraffe!!!

    Oh, Franchesca….so thinking of you and your sweet little ones. So much love I'm sending!!!

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    carissa @ lowercase letters says:

    what a beautiful miracle!!! he is so handsome!!! may Jesus be praised!!! he was a hefty lil' guy! i can't tell you how overjoyed i am reading this.

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    Courtney says:

    I am so over the moon happy. I have tears streaming down my face as I type this. He is perfect in every way!!

    Congrats my dear friend, you have such a beautiful family.

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    With Out My Punkin says:

    What a cutie!! He is a chunk! :) I am so excited for you-Jenna was with you guys all week, a rainbow and a giraffe!! Sending you lots of love and ((hugs))

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    craftattacks says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is so squishy and just beautiful!

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    Karen says:

    Praise God he is here and doing well! I am so very happy for you! A rainbow and a giraffe on the monitor screen, how appropriate!

    Many Blessings,
    Karen

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    Trennia says:

    Congrats!

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    Megan says:

    o my goodness he is beautiful!! (of course!) I'm so happy for you!! Congrats!! *hugs*

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    Rachel says:

    I feel COMPLETELY out of the loop. OMGosh! Congrats. I wish this congrats was sooner. I am so excited for you and your family. He is just so precious <3

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    COUNTRY MOM says:

    Congratulations on your precious blessing. He is perfect. Many Blessings,

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    Holly says:

    He's a cutie! I'm so glad he is doing well!

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    Nan & Mike says:

    I sooooo cried reading this, I am sooooooo happy for you honey!!!! He is gorgrous! Love, nan xxx

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    Kylie's Mommy says:

    I loved this. You give me so much hope that next time things will go well..

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    Laura says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Boy I am horrible for not having checked my blogger reader lately! Shame on me! So happy for you! He is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! WOW!!! Sooooooo happy! <3

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    PB&J says:

    Giant tears of love…. for you and your family…. I am so in love with your little man just only from these few pictures… and you know that I love the NAME…. even more. Just so perfect… glowing and I am in Awe.. Congradulations……. Brandy, Paul…and my Joseph in heaven….

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    Hope says:

    Aawww, I had no idea you had a little man, I am so happy for you and so glad you have been given this miracle to take care of! Wasn't it truly the pinnacle of joy when he was born and you heard him cry???? unbelieveable joy after having lost a baby before…..I understand! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! He is absolutely a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!!!

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    Stacy Liddick says:

    Joseph is absolutely the most beautiful miracle baby boy ever!! So full of life already, you can see it in those amazing big beautiful eyes! I have no doubt his big sister had a little something to do with getting him to arrive on such an emotional, and loving day. I know you’ll embrace this little man every day, and that soon you’ll be telling him about just how magical the heavens are and the rainbows we see in them. God bless! Stacy Liddick

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