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independence day

It's been a busy week for our family... and a bit of a roller coaster ride. On Thursday evening, our baby decided to assert her independence and make her way into the world, four and a half weeks before her due date! She took us completely by surprise, and we are still amazed that she is here already.

It was a fast and easy delivery.. but nervewracking none the less as babies born over a month early often have breathing and other issues that can keep them at the hospital for weeks. We feel very lucky that our little girl is doing so well. She has always been able to breathe on her own, is nursing and eating, and is gaining weight quickly. We are very hopeful that she can come home soon to be with her family and meet her siblings (C and Bee aren't allowed in the NICU, and are super anxious to meet their sister!).

I will admit I feel very torn running between the NICU and home, trying to spend time with Bee and C, but also be at the hospital as many hours a day as possible. I am counting my blessings daily, so happy she is healthy and that my husband can be home with the kids when I am away. We have high hopes that she will be home by the weekend. Fingers crossed that she gets to see a firework or two. Happy 4th to you and yours..

(Directions for these star cupcakes, which would be perfect for the 4th of July, here.)

UPDATE: Thank you, for all your kind comments. After 8 long days in the NICU, Baby M came home last night! We are so so happy to have her home.. Bee and C are beside themselves and literally cannot stop touching her tiny little fingers (there is a lot of hand washing going on here!). She will be on a portable monitor for the next few weeks so the doctors can continue looking at her heart and breathing, but she is doing great!

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Congrats on your little one! I hope she's home with you very soon.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle


and thanks for sharing the cupcakes. totally cute!

congratulations on the new baby! i hope she grows quickly and the three siblings can be united soon. happy independence day!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Congratulations!! Hope she is able to come home soon!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer w.

Congrats on your new baby - love your blog!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBear

a new little girl to love! many blessings!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly G.

Congrats on the new little one! Here's hoping she's home in time for some of those fireworks! :)

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCare

A million congratulations! Best wishes to baby and you.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkate

Congratulations on your newest addition! May she continue to grow and thrive surrounded by her wonderful family!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

how wonderful, congratulations! love your blog, glad all are healthy and well :-)

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen Kim

Gosh! What a surprise for you. Hoping she is home by the weekend, congrats!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill Wignall

What a wonderful surprise!! I hope you're all reunited soon.

Congratulations! What a surprise!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Gosh! Congratulations. So pleased that all is well.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCat

I am so glad to hear that she is doing well! My coworker had her daughter a month early and was able to bring her home after three weeks. She's gaining weight like a champ now. Hopefully your girl will do the same!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbbie

Congrats! you know you have a strong girl!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterElena

oh my gosh! congratulations! so glad to hear that she is strong & healthy.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdemoreeann

Best wishes to you and your family. I understand how challenging your situation is, and know you'll be able to come through it all with a stronger family in the end.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Congratulations! I hope that she can share the 4th with her new family! I wish you all the best!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Congratulations! Hope she's at home with you all very soon.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli

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