Sunday, May 10, 2009

A very special mother's day


My heart is threatening to burst this mother's day. Have you ever felt that way? So blessed and so incredibly content that you felt your heart would burst with love and happiness?

My dearest friend has been in the hospital since Wednesday...she was thirty weeks pregnant with her sweet baby girl, Taylor Grace. She was diagnosed with preeclampsia and was ordered to stay at the hospital on bed rest in order to be constantly monitored. Isabella and I spent a sweet afternoon with her on Thursday, chatting, giggling and eating goodies. Through it all my friend's spirits have never wavered, she's remained positive and hopeful, even though her husband is away on deployment during this difficult time.

Friday night I received a phone call from the hospital, they advised me to get to the hospital as soon as I possibly could...I immediately went into prayer mode as I dropped Isabella off with some wonderful friends and I rushed to her side...I had only been in her room ten minutes when doctors rushed in informing her that things had taken a turn for the worst, she would need an emergency c-section...at thirty weeks. My friend was visibly shaken, but she held up like the true Texas cowgirl that she is...she didn't bat an eyelash as she told them to do whatever they had to do to keep her baby girl safe. I witnessed strength that night that I will never forget.

Our husbands are on the same ship...so I was so honored when my friend chose me to be by her side . I got scrubbed up and we were whisked into the operating room. I held her hand in both of mine, and as she squeezed them tight we listened behind the blue curtain as the doctors brought her baby girl into the world. Sweet little Taylor weighed in at only 2lbs 15 oz...but she's a cowgirl just like her momma...when she came out she made the faintest little squeak and I knew in that moment, that God had given her the same determined spirit that he had given her sweet mommy.

They held baby up for mommy to see...and I was so incredibly blessed to witness the most profound three seconds of my life. I watched in disbelief as baby Taylor opened one eye and locked it with her mommy's...and in that one moment, I saw two spirits intertwine, I watched two people create a bond in two seconds that will remain for a lifetime and will never be broken. I cried at the immense beauty of it all...never in my life have I felt so humbled and grateful for God's gift of motherhood.

Sweet baby Taylor is thriving in the NICU, she breaths on her own and takes her breast milk through a feeding tube. Mommy is also doing well, she gets discharged from the hospital tomorrow...and even better, the Navy is flying her husband home from Hong Kong as we speak!!! I am filled with happiness for my sweet friend...filled with gratitude for my Heavenly Father's grace. What a beautiful mother's day....what a beautiful mother :)

10 comments:

Princess Of Pink said...

What a wonderful Mother's day present. And what a precious little girl, so sweet and strong. Praise be to God.

Congratulations on the new mommy and daddy.

Hugs from Marian

Kim said...

What an incredible Mother' Day for both you! I don't even know you but I have tears in my eye. What a great way to start a Monday!

Have a great week!

maryboys said...

this is so touching...you were so honored to be there! and what a true friend you are to provide that kind of caring and support:) thank you so much for sharing this.

Tamerie Shriver said...

Proof that there is something greater than any of us can ever be totally aware of. God was looking after both mother and baby.

Tiffany said...

My eyes are welled with tears. What a special Mother's Day for you both. Your friend is so lucky to have had you in the delivery room with her, what an honor for you. I will keep both mother and baby Taylor Grace (love the name as well as Isabella) in my prayers.

Blue Castle said...

How beautiful her baby is! It's so wonderful that her husband will be able to come home. God is very good.

Angela said...

I have tears in my eyes reading this post- I have read it a couple of times- what a special moment you got to witness and how telling. God certainly is good!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so great you were there for her. Ya'll are a lot stronger than I could be, raising and birthing children while your husbands and family are away. God bless you. You're wonderful.

Whitney said...

How lovely that you got to be there for her! She's so bitty!! And that's wonderful that Taylor Grace is doing so well already!

beadntat said...

I am *so* grateful that you were there to support your friend at this life-changing moment. None of you will ever be the same. As you know I have witnessed this same event hundreds of times in my career as a NICU nurse. But being a nurse is *never* the same as being a mommy. It is a miracle all the same and I'm grateful that little Taylor is doing well. Give her 5-6 weeks to grow, learn to eat, breathe all the time and not forget, and stay warm. Tell the new mommy to ask about Kangaroo Care...it is important to do for teh good of both Mom and baby :-)

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