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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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Reader Comments (69)

okay that pregnancy went by SO fast!!! congrats!


06.30.2010 | Unregistered Commentertiffany.

Congratulations! We've done the NICU route with a 36 week baby and it's so hard but I wish you all the best and that your little one will be home soon.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCalee

Giving thanks that all is going so well for your family. May life slow down a bit when baby arrives home to a loving welcome from her brother and sister.
Blessings to all.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Oh wow. That was unexpected.

Congratulations. :)

Oh, and loving those cupcakes.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

WOW! What a suprise. Hope your little one is home soon.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJodz

Great, sweet news. Thanks for sharing it with us. It will all be well...hope you're all together home soon.

06.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

How exciting to have a new little person to love. Great that she is well despite her very early arrival!

06.30.2010 | Unregistered Commenterflowerpress


I hope your little one is home with the rest of your family very soon. Sounds like she is doing well.

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammi


07.1.2010 | Unregistered Commenters

Well, congratulations to you on your shocking unexpected early gift! What a blessing that you are all doing so well. Prayers to you and yours... especially that baby girl gets to come home soon :)

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Congrats!!! Fingers crossed she has her own Independence Day shortly!

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Congrats! I have experienced the NICU and know how difficult it can be. Just remember, this is only a little blip on the radar. It feels overwhelming now but she will be home soon. I am thrilled to hear she is doing so well.

07.1.2010 | Unregistered Commentertracy

Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing your good/early news! So glad baby girl is doing well!

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie F

Wonderful news! What a blessing that she is healthy considering how early she was! Congratulations!!

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Just a note to say Congrats and Best Wishes. Hope she's home soon!

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

what wonderful news! congratulations...enjoy your holiday with your new little one!

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

OH MY! Congratulations! I'm thrilled to hear she is doing so well. Can't wait to see a picture or two of the sweet baby. I hope you are feeling well and taking good care of yourself as well as your little lovelies. Peace and Blessings to your family.

07.1.2010 | Unregistered Commenteremily

This happened to my son as well. Congratulations on your new addition and I really hope (as you do!) that she is able to join in the celebration:).

Can't wait to see a picture too!!! (yeah, that was a little hint;)

Congratulations! I'm glad everything went well. Hopefully your family will be together again soon.

07.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow! Congratulations to you, hubby, C and Bee, and welcome little one!

07.1.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoan v.

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