Saturday, January 16, 2010

Letter to Evie

Happy Birthday my precious baby.

Two years ago today, daddy and I checked into the hospital for an induction. I was a bit of a wreck. You know how mommy is when she gets set on something! Id carefully researched and drafted our birth plan stating "no induction" but we were tossing that out the window. The first of many rules you would break. At two weeks overdue, ultrasounds indicated the placenta was aging and it could be detrimental for you to remain in the womb any longer.

After the midwife broke my water, daddy and I walked the halls. I drew inspiration from peeking in the newborn nursery and anticipating having my own precious bundle soon! We had chosen a boys name months ago, but still couldn't agree on a girls name. We each put our favorite names in a hat and drew.....and daddy won. If Id won, you would be Evelyn. (Im so glad you're not!)

Your birth was amazing and you came out screaming. You were just a tad blue so the nurse put you under a heating lamp at my bedside with a little oxygen. She soon declared you "breathing well" and brought you to me to hold. We marveled at your full head of dark hair and cherubic whopping 9 lbs. of cuteness!

For ten days I got to bond with you, my sweet girl. Nurse you, dress you, bathe you, snuggle you and hold you all through the night. We had no idea the storm that was brewing and Im so glad we didn't. Those first days were miracles, every one. I look back now and see the strong hand of the Father holding your little heart together. They were days you shouldn't have been able to breathe. Your heart shouldn't have been able to keep pumping.

Its been two years since the day we welcomed you to the world. Our lives are forever changed because of you in so many ways! Tonight Im overwhelmed with emotion Evie girl! We're so glad God gave us such a special gift to love! Happy 2nd Birthday baby girl!

The Lord is my strength,
my shield from every danger.
I trust Him with all my heart.
He helps me,
and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst into songs of thanksgiving.
Psalm 28:7


The Carter's said...

Happy Birthday Evie!!

shannon said...

Happy Birthday Evie! Your story, and your family's strength have inspired strength in me, and taught me peace as we pray over our own little miracle baby. Mandy, I am so glad you've chosen to share a part of your beautiful family with us!


Karen said...

Happy Birthday Evie! You are loved!!:) So proud of who you are. You are blessed with an amazing family!

Lund7 said...

Happy Birthday to your precious little lady! What a beautiful post this was!

Amanda-The Family News! said...

Happy Birthday EVIE!!!!!

Lacey said...

Happy Happy birthday sweet girl. Miracle indeed, I can't believe she went 10 days with that heart defect! Amazing!

Donna said...

The difficulties we go through, help us to appreciate the wonderful outcomes....Happy Birthday Evie!!!

Faith M. said...

Happy Birthday, sweet girl! You are an amazing miracle full of so much life. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you and your family. What a tremendous blessing you are to them.
May you always know that God made you exactly how He wanted you, and I pray that you will some day use all of it for Him. God is so good!
Lots of hugs and kisses,
Faith and Maggie Jane

Nicole-Lynn said...

Aww Happy Birthday to her! You have such beauiful children :)

likeschocolate said...

Happy Birthday big girl! Wishing you a life time of happiness.

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