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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)

been admiring your site for about a year now....so glad your new little one is finally home. my heart went all gushy just reading about her! here's to good health and plenty of rest for everyone.

07.6.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjae resendes

Almost five years ago, my baby girl was in the NICU with a several holes in her heart. Its odd how being the least sick baby in the NICU made us so grateful. Congrats on her homecoming. My little girl is now a red-headed firecracker with no holes! It all works out, especially when you keep a great attitude. Brace yourself for the hospital bill - not fun at all, but a small price to pay for a healthy kid.

07.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I'm so glad your baby girl is home. My twins came five weeks early and they spent two weeks in the NICU. One of them came home before the other and that was torture trying to divide my time between the baby at home and the baby at the hospital. I'm glad that is behind me. It's astonishing how quickly they grow! Congrats!

07.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Congratulations and glad to see she is now home. We had almost the same situation with our first. She was small (4.5 pounds) but healthy. Our eight days in the NICU felt like an eternity at the time, but of course were nothing compared with the weeks and months some families must be there. And now, in the blink of an eye, she is 5, riding a big-girl bike and climbing trees.

07.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Congrats! I understand the emotion of an early delivery. I'm glad she is doing well

Also, love the cookies on the cupcake... do you share your recipes? I would love your frosting recipe.

07.9.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdebbie

Congratulations! I'm so glad she is doing well!

07.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey

So happy for you!

07.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLasso the Moon

Congratulations! Wishing you all clean hands, warm hearts and lots of snuggles!

07.20.2010 | Unregistered Commenteranie

cute cupcakes!!

07.25.2010 | Unregistered Commenterpks

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