My mom wrote this story 27 years ago. In pencil. On lined paper ripped from a notebook. It has been scribbled on, wrinkled, spilled on, and torn. It's not even in the notebook, it's two random sheets of paper. It's a miracle they've made it this far. So before it's gone completely I want to record it. All the writing in italics is mine.
As I began to feel life inside me i was overwhelmed tha the magic was still there-the joy I felt was as vivid this time-with my 6th pregnancy as it was with my 1st pregnancy 9 years before. Greg and I had been blessed with 4 beautiful children (we lost a baby when I was 16 weeks pregnant) and after another miscarriage at 6 weeks-we were ecstatic at the upcoming birth of our 5th child-hopefully another son! (we had 3 daughters + 1 son)
On Valentines Day, however, the problems began and the next two months were full of confusion and worry.
Dr. Trimble advised bed rest as much as possible. With 4 little ones to care for this was a difficult assignment, but with the help of friends and loved ones we were the recipients of much service. Meals were brought, some days friends took the children, other friends spent the night with me when Greg was working out of town. The love and caring shown to us was ? (I guess she couldn't find words for it-and I'll leave out any feelings of wonder I have about why there was no family there to help-seriously?).
Because of my moderately high blood sugar there had been so talk of a c-section around April 9th. Of course this would only be done if the blood sugar couldn't be controlled and if an amniocentesis revealed a c-section wouldn't endanger the baby.
By the time April 9 rolled around I was doing fine. My blood sugar under control, blood pressure normal and swelling minimal. "I'm sure you'll go til your due date," Dr. Trimble reassured me. I was a little disappointed just because I was anxious for baby to be born, but in my heart I knew going until "term" was the best for our precious baby.
On April 17 Greg began working in Cedar City, UT 400 miles away. (throughout the pregnancy our family lived in Montrose, CO). After the baby came, the children and I would join him but with all the problems I was having I wanted to stay close to Dr. Trimble-he was so concerned and caring. I felt no one could take his place at this time. Each night as I tucked my 4 children in bed, fear would grip me as I thought of spend another lonely, sleepless night without Greg and wondering what I would do if I went into labor. On April 30, Greg came home and I was admitted into the hospital. Dr. Trimble would induce labor and it wouldn't be long until we could (unfortunatley there is a page missing here. I hope I find it. Chances of my dad filling in the blanks are slim but Devin was not born until May 17 so clearly something kind of major happened...)
It wasn't long until Gary (Dr. Auxier) (Auxier's were good friends of our family) came in with the bad news. "I hate to tell you, but there's a hole in his lung and a haze over his lungs." He's in intensive care. We'll have to wait and watch. The next 6 days seemed like 6 weeks. Gary and Greg gave Devin a special blessing. The next day the haze over his lungs was gone. Pneumonia and premature lung disease (which was what Gary had feared) were ruled out. The pneumothorax (hole in lung) had to be cleared before D could come home. Each day I visited him several times to nurse him, hold and cuddle him outside his bed and pray that the Lord would let us be able to take him home. Each day Devin would have an x-ray and Gary would call and say, "I'm sorry, the hole is still there-we can't let him go home." On the 5th day when the x-ray revealed the hole was still there, Gary decided to put Devin back on oxygen for 24 more hours. On day 6 when the x-ray results came back Gary told the nurse, "let me call her-I want to tell her that today's the day she gets to take Devin home." I laughed. I cried. I prayed. This was a day we would be thankful for the rest of our lives.
Today Devin is a healthy, robust 10 month old.
Now she's Nine Months
10 months ago