When our youngest daughter was born, God intervened time and time again to make sure she would complete our little family, and encourage us to share God’s grace.
On August 20th, 2009, at 35.5 weeks pregnant, I woke up with very mild contractions that continued to get worse throughout the morning. By 10:00am I was at the hospital in the Labor & Delivery unit, thinking they would check me, say false labor, and send me home because I still had 4 weeks until I was due. I am so glad God decided to lead me into the hospital that day! (Gratitude #1) They kept me there all day until 5:30pm when they decided I was not ready and they would discharge me. A new nurse came on shift and decided to monitor the baby a little longer. I know now that this was God intervening yet again. (Gratitude #2) Thank goodness they did not send me home because it was discovered that the baby was not moving much and her heart rate was a little low. An ultrasound was ordered. (Gratitude #3) Our world changed!
The radiologist read the ultrasound and discovered the very large amount of amniotic fluid that filled Irelyn’s chest and tissues. It was explained to us that she had so much fluid in her chest it had displaced her left lung and heart and pushed them both over to the right side of her chest. Both lungs were also completely collapsed. Our baby was not breathing! The specialists in Missoula had no clue as to why this had happened or what could have caused it. We were given four options on how to travel the 500 miles to Seattle but knew that we would be flown medically as soon as the discussion began. There was no way Jesse was going to be left with a lady still in labor, with a very sick baby! A life-flight jet was sent from Seattle to pick us up within the hour.
|1 day old
This was most definitely the hardest thing I have ever heard. It brought to light just how sick Irelyn was. At 1:00am the night after her birth, the very risky job of transporting little Irelyn was underway. This was the point when I begged God to please ride along in that ambulance with our precious daughter. The preparation of moving a newborn on a ventilator and chest tubes took 2 hours, all for a 5 minute ambulance ride to another hospital. My doc pulled some strings to get me over to Childrens because he felt it was very important that I be there when she arrived. In case little Irelyn did not make it, I would be able to hold my baby and say goodbye.
|4 weeks old
She was on a ventilator from day 1 until she was 5 weeks old. Through most of her stay in the NICU, Irelyn had 2 chest tubes, one on each side of her chest, to continually drain lymphatic fluid. Unfortunately these little tubes tend to fall out and Irelyn battled back through the loss of three different tubes. Our little miracle was also forced to fight off a terrible blood born sepsis infection with the aid of some very strong antibiotics and the grace of God!
|6 months old
Through all of this Irelyn continued to amaze the doctors and nurses as she charged along on her recovery much quicker than anyone expected. Irelyn checked out of the NICU after 7 weeks and was discharged home without any medical assistance, no oxygen, feeding tube or medications! I’ve now been giving my baby loves for a year and a half! If any one of these things had happened differently Irelyn would not be with us. God is good and blessed us through this journey.
|3 years old