Sunday, January 11, 2009

What a day!

Well, it's getting late, and I'm ready to get some sleep. But, I thought I should take a few minutes and update. As Linda posted, Madison Hope arrived early this morning after a whirlwind delivery. She is 7lb 8oz (exactly the same weight as Ethan was) and I don't know how long yet, but she looks short and round to me. Like a little bear, ready for a fight. :) She is pretty bruised and swollen in the face from her quick delivery, but she is doing great.

She had her surgery this afternoon, and the surgeon was very optimistic about it. The skin was healthy over the defect, and the closure went well. She is recovering nicely and was able to take breast milk from a bottle twice this evening. I was able to give her the last one she had. It was so sweet. We can't hold her yet, but can get close to cuddle and talk to her. She has a ton of dark hair. I'll try and get some pictures up soon.

Functionally, she seems to be doing great. She kicks both legs and squirms around like any baby. We'll have more evaluations in the next week or so on orthopedics (bone development) and urology (bladder and kidney function). She will have another ultrasound on her brain on Monday, but so far, no fluid retention there either.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. This has been an amazing journey so far, and we've a long way to go. I certainly know that God is in control. I'm thankful that I ended up delivering naturally so I could recover quickly and spend more time with her. The doctors here and the staff have been amazing as well. So supportive and friendly. I couldn't ask for a better experience or for better care.

I'll be posting again soon, or will have Linda update if I can't. She's been a great help in getting this blog going.


  1. Kim, I'm so glad you will have a quicker recovery time! What a blessing. I am looking forward with anticipation to the day I get to meet Madison.

    And such answered prayer!!! No surprises except the natural and rapid delivery. My Tim and I are praising God with you and your Tim.

    Blessings and sleep well,

  2. Kim
    I'm so glad Madison is doing well, that the surgery went well and that you're recovering well!!!! I will continue to pray as more results show up in time.

    God Bless

  3. I am so happy for you and your family, Kim! It sounds like she is doing wonderfully, and I hope your recovery and hers continue to go smoothly. Keep us updated, but do get your rest, too!

  4. I am so happy that Madison is doing well:*) The picture brings tears to my eyes. I can only imagine how blessed you feel right now. Prayers stilling being sent.

  5. Your beautiful girl is so precious!

    God is FAITHFUL and He has shown Himself to be strong on the "N" family's behalf!!

    Still standing with you.

    Much love,

  6. Kim,
    This is Aunt Ginny.
    I have been trying to post to you and it is getting kicked out so this is another test.

  7. OK sucess!!!
    I have wanted you to know that our prayers and best wishes have been with you and your family.
    I am so glad the delivery went well.
    I hope this means you will get to take Madison home a little bit earlier.
    Tell my sister "Hi" for me.
    Aunt Ginny and Uncle Bill

  8. Congratulations, Kim! I'm so happy for you and that everything is going so well. I can't wait to meet this precious Madison and to see you again soon. Praying for a smooth next couple of weeks.

    By the way, I've posted some pictures of the boys (from Seaside) on my blog recently whenever you get a chance to look at them.


  9. Dennis and I are so excited to have a new grandaughter. Praise the Lord, He is so good to us.God kept His precious and protective hand on you both.We will continue to pray that
    God will heal both of you quickly. We love you!

    We will


Madison Walking 22 1//2 months old! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Madison and Mommy

Madison right before her surgery on August 25th 2009

Madison almost 6 months