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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 3: Lilly's birth

This is my third post in a series of seventeen.  17 days of remembering Lilly's 17 months of life as we approach her one year angelversary.

Lilly was due June 17, 2010.  She decided she loved the colors red white and blue and loved fireworks, so she held off until the 4th of July.  My labor and delivery was super fast - only one hour and 40 minutes total.  Lilly was born naturally and breech.  Her coloring was not good and her breathing very shallow.  She was laid on my chest and we were covered with warm blankets and there was a hush in the room.  With tears in her eyes, our midwife said we were to "keep praying and see what happened."

About an hour later Lilly let out a big cry.  An excitement buzzed in the room.  Lilly's color was better and she had perked up.  Soon Lilly was taken and cleaned up and measured and all.  Lilly was 18 inches long and 5 lbs. 4 oz.:

She was bundled up and given back to us for kisses:

A couple hours later, we learned that we were being released from the hospital so that Lilly's siblings would have the chance to meet her before she died.  Apparently this was "highly unsual" for their procedure, so we were very grateful.

My prayer had been that Lilly would be born alive and that I would be able to take her home.  God granted my wish.  We took her home:

But not before she had be given the nickname "Little Firecracker."

". . . your Father who is in heaven give[s] good things to those who ask Him!" - Matthew 7:11

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