April 28, 2013
28 weeks pregnant
Admitted for hospital bed rest.
Our last family picture before I enter the hospital.
Family visits to the hospital.
We celebrate 16 years of marriage with Thai Basil takeout, a love song playlist, and a hospital sleepover.
I have never loved someone more.
June 5, 2013
The night before our scheduled c-section.
My last night ever being pregnant.
I left candy and a note for the hospital staff that I had grown to love.
thanked God with my whole soul for His gift. Then I fell asleep praying with my might for the surgeons who were operating on me.
After 180 bags of blood products and hours of surgery, my heart was strong but my body was so swollen with fluids they couldn't stitch me up. My bladder was tissue paper and my insides were pretty bad. After hours of surgery, they turned me over to the trauma unit unsure I'd make it through the night. Trauma doctors wrapped me in saran wrap and secured my abdomen with an industrial sling used for patients with severe abdominal injuries. Despite the dire outcome, Todd never doubted I would make it. I felt his strength, his faith and his surety. He saw me surviving and I saw myself through his eyes.
In reality this is what I looked like...
I held Ben for the first time. It was a difficult, beautiful moment.
This cute fella made me want to get better!
June 16, Father's Day
After meeting with hospital children's therapists, we had the kids come see me for the first time and two at a time to meet their little brother.
I am coming home!!!
Life--- life is sooo good!
Thank wise doctors!
And oh, please hug your loved ones tight.
Today is a gift!!