September 21, 2009

Rachel Jane


Rachel Jane was born at 30 weeks on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 10:52 AM. She was 3 pounds, 6 ounces and 17 inches long with a head full of dark hair. She also had lost 1/3 of her blood because of a placental abruption and they needed to do chest compressions and two shots of epinephrine to bring her back to life. She received two blood transfusions that brought her little white body back to a healthy pink and within the day, she went from being on a ventilator to nose prongs to nothing at all helping her breath. She is a fighter and I knew that from the moment I first felt her in my stomach.
Each day she grows stronger and her personality is already showing. We were even able to hold her for a short time in our arms today and she opened her eyes to look at us when we talked to her. There was never a more wonderful feeling than that. Tomorrow she will receive some tests to confirm issues with her digestive system or to surprise us all once again with having nothing wrong to begin with. I will post again when more news is learned.

36 comments:

  1. She is really beautiful, Maggie. You were blessed with an angel! (BridgetMarie from WTE)

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  2. She is sooooo precious!!! I <3 her!

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  3. Maggie, she is a gorgeous little girl, you have been blessed. Know that you, Steven and precious little Rachel have a lot of people keeping your family close in their hearts tonight and always.

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  4. Hey Mags...she's so adorable!! She looks like the sweetest thing in the world!! Keep us updated...we're so excited for you. Little Rachel is so lucky to have a great Mommy & Daddy and tons of family and friends who love her so much!!
    Kylie

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  5. Rachel Jane is a true blessing. Even just getting a glimpse of her, we love her!

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  6. shes a beautifull strong baby....(SVD from WTE)

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  7. She's such a pretty little thing.

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  8. She is absolutely gorgeous and perfect in every way!

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  9. Love you guys! She is amazing and you both are very blessed to have her in your life! Everyday with Rachel will be a wonderful gift!

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  10. She is beautiful... choffman12 from wte

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  11. Wow! A placental abuption is a big deal! This child was meant to be on this earth!

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  12. I love your determination and your faith! Nothing but good thoughts towards Rachel, who is absolutely amazing!

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  13. Maggie, She is so beautiful. Thank you for writing this so we could hear her story and see her beautiful little face! We think about her and you and Stephen all the time. She'll be the greatest blessing of your lives:-)
    Jen and Jason

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  14. She is beautiful Maggie!!!

    (KateyKat from WTE)

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  15. Maggie and Stephen -God sent you a beautiful and special angel to love and treasure. I am so glad that she is doing well. She is beautiful! Cindy (WTE)

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  16. Maggie! Like I told you on the phone the other day, I am so moved by your story and you're in my prayers! I really hope that things continue to improve and you continue to enjoy that precious little angel that has been entrusted to you!
    Love,
    Adriana

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  17. Maggie and Steve I know that I don't know you personally but I do know that you are surrounded by a wonderful family that loves you THREE very much! I think this blog is a very powerful tool for you now and for you to be able to look back on in the future. A day will come with no worries, a day you can't imagine yet, but you will look back and wonder how you did it. My only advice is to always ask-ask the doctors and nurses all your questions, ask your friends and family for help. I promise the little sleep you get will be much better if your questions are answered. (Expect to hear I don't know but it is better than wondering) Rachel is beautiful!!!!
    Thinking of you- Danielle(Colleen & Brad's cousin)

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  18. Maggie,
    Rachel is your beautiful gift from God. She has already shown you how strong she is. Wish you all lived closer so we could have more time to spoil her! Love you!
    Aunt Karen

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  19. Uncle Bill and Aunt PattySeptember 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    She is the most beautiful baby girl we have ever seen! The most wonderful addition to the family we could have wished for!

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  20. She is sooooo beautiful. God has truly blessed both of you. I can't wait to see her and welcome her into the family.

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  21. My Maggie,

    I am so proud of you and Stephen.
    My heart is with you both..........

    Love, Dad

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  22. She is beautiful and you two are amazing.

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  23. She's a beautiful little girl. Love and prayers for all three of you.

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  24. I love her already!!! Congratualtions Maggie and Stephen. Welcome baby Rachel. <3

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  25. Maggie, she's beautiful. Reading this brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad you are both with us today and she is truly a blessing.
    ~Michele L

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  26. Congrats on your wonderful and adorable bundle of joy! She's just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing these memories with us. I enjoyed reading your blog! Keep us updated!

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  27. She is beautiful Maggie, and strong, like her mom!! You've got a little fighter there and obviously a little girl who couldn't wait to meet her mommy and share her precious gifts with you and Stephen.

    Thoughts and prayers with all three of you.

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  28. What a precious gift, she is absolutly adorable. Litte Rachel Jane is going to do great things in her life :).

    Diana (PRONC)

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  29. Rachel Jane is as beautiful as her Mommy.Congrats on your precious bundle of joy. Your family is in the thoughts and prayers of many.

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  30. Maggie, she is a beautiful little miracle! Congrats!!!

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  31. Mag,

    I'm so proud to be your Mom. You've shown me the strength I've always known you to have but you've also shown me a compassion that so few have.

    Enjoy the journey. God's given you an angel to show you and Stephen what's really important. I feel so blessed to have Rachel as my granddaughter.

    I only hope I can live up to being her grandma!

    Love to both of you.
    Mom

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  32. Maggie,
    Rachel is beautiful!! I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lauren Reese Wittman

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  33. Rachel is a gorgeous little girl and a blessing from God. I pray for all the happiness and health in the world for your family! I look forward to hearing more of her progression!

    Donna (Dalvizo76 from WTE)

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  35. She is just beautiful. It is amazing how much stronger she looks just a week later :) Her hair is awesome!! Congratulations and best of luck!
    Juliet (from WTE)

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  36. She is beautiful! Congratulations!

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