We welcomed little Lexie Rose into our family late last month. It has been a bit of a whirlwind since then, so now, two weeks later, I'm actually officially letting you know. If you follow me on other social media platforms such as Instagram & Facebook, you would have already heard, but nothing like making it all official like!
She was born rather quickly at home (no time for even the dr to arrive!) Due to some difficulties breathing because of retained fluid on her lungs from a rapid birth, she was transported to hospital just an hour or so after her birth and began a week long stay in ICU & special care. It was quite scary at the time not knowing what was going on, and being helpless to do anything for her. Very different to my two previous births which were also very quick, yet uneventful!
The days in hospital were long, and the nights...even longer, as after the first two nights, I was there alone. And after five nights, I had to be discharged which meant leaving our newborn baby alone at night - talk about heart breaking! How do mum's do this for weeks & months at a time with preemie babies? It has opened my eyes to a whole new world. We were so thankful she was full term, and otherwise healthy.
We are so thankful for my mum & dad, family & friends who helped out with the logistics of getting the right people to the hospital at the right time, looking after Levi & Ellie and for dropping around meals, gifts and most importantly, praying for our little Lexie.
And those nurses in both the NICU & Special care...they are a special breed. I remember one day we just 'kangaroo hugged' our girl after she had another 'blue episode' and I was quite emotional. "Just let the hormones out" encouraged one nurse as she handed me tissues as I hugged and rocked Lexie. They are simply amazing!
So after such a rocky start, we are all home together again, getting use to being a family of five. It's going to be a few weeks of me on maternity leave this time round. I need some time to re-group with my little fam, get on top of having a newborn in the house again, and just give myself some TLC after a rough week or so.
Thanks for your understanding and I look forward to sharing more design & life with you soon!
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