Anniston Claire Martin, June 2nd, 2009
Anniston is here!! Yesterday morning, we arrived at the hospital and were told a couple of hours later that her lungs were mature and that we could start the induction. It wound up being around 3pm when they started the Pitocin, and long story short....I went from 3cm to 10 cm in about 6 hours, and then came the pushing. We pushed for nearly 3 hours, and Anniston's head just could not get past my pelvic bones. This is a problem that women on my mom's side of the family have come up against in the past, so that could be the reason, or it could be that the induction did not allow my bones enough time to spread? Oh well, we wound up needing a c-section, which went great, and now there is no longer a baby inside of me! Anniston was born at 12:48am today, and she is 6lbs 9.4oz and 19 inches long! I don't like seeing her with so many tubes everywhere, and I wish I could show you a picture of her without these things, but this is life right now, and we think she looks beautiful.
We do still need your prayers. Earlier today, a cardiologist looked at her heart, and he saw most of the same things that they saw in the beginning. A couple things are different, though, and we are praising God for them. The VSD was still visible, and they continue to think the Aortic Arch is Interrupted, but the Arch did not look as small today as it once did, which is such a blessing! They were thinking previously that they would need to enlarge the Arch, but today, the cardiologist said that he doesn't think that would be needed anymore! Praise God!
The plan right now is for Stan to fly via medical jet with Anniston to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) tonight because they want to prepare her for surgery. I wish I could go with them, but since I had the c-section, they want me to wait a couple of days.
She is so strong. Even through 3 hours of pushing, Anniston showed no signs of distress AT ALL. She is big and pink, and she looks like any other perfectly healthy baby (which, we are still claiming and speaking that she is!). We are thankful that God is in control and not us. We know that He has a plan, and taking this day by day, it seems like going to PA is the next step that we are obviously supposed to take. God is so powerful, and we want to continue to trust Him for complete healing. We know that Anniston is much better off in His hands, and we also know that God sees EVERYTHING. The WHOLE picture. I can't even see the hand in front of my face most of the time. I'm sure that He has already been so gracious to us in ways that we may never know about in this lifetime. Stan and I feel so much peace right now, and we are looking forward to seeing what He has in store with this next step that we are taking. We want to give Him the opportunity to astound us. Thank you again for praying in faith and for letting us share our baby girl with you.