Saturday, September 20, 2008

One Step Closer

R & G signed this morning, which is a big relief, but I am not going to relax until Monday morning because they can still back out at any point between now and when our lawyer gets the court order. We talked to G after he signed and feel very good about our relationship with him now and in the future, but we haven't had much contact with R (about 5 minutes total of face-to-face and phone time yesterday), so I don't have as good a reading on her. Thank you so much to all of you who are praying for us or keeping us in your thoughts throughout this stressful weekend.

Last night I spent the whole night with Evie and, thankfully, she let me get enough sleep that I feel refreshed today. We "slept" from 11 PM until 7:30 AM, but between nurse interruptions, feedings and some fussiness, I probably got about six hours of sleep. Good enough. :) I received my mommy baptism this morning after Evie's 7:30 feeding; after drinking 25 ml of formula she projectile vomited about half of it back onto my shirt, her outfit, her blanket, the floor and, oh yeah, the burp cloth too. :) I wasn't surprised that she was hungry again at 9 AM! The spit-up was so forceful that it even got in her sinuses, and she was sneezing formula for about half an hour. Sad but cute.
After R signed, she and G sent for Evie for one last 30 minute visit in R's room. G just brought her back to us and R is being discharged now. Here's how we're spending the rest of our day:


  1. I remember from my breast feeding classes that the first couple days a baby's tummy is the size of a small marble. By day 3 it has increased to the size of a shooter marble and by day 10 a walnut or ping pong ball. Keep that in mind when the nurses want to talk to you about feeding her full ounces! Her tummy isn't big enough and projectile vomit becomes a necessity to get rid of the excess. (My nurses immediately declared my son to be allergic to the formula when they overfed him and he vomited...ugh)
    I am so glad the biological parents are following through for you. I am continuing to pray that you get through the next 48 hours with minimal stress and have your beautiful baby girl at home on Monday.
    What a thrilling time for you!

  2. I just wanted to drop a congratulations here as well. You will be in my thoughts until everything is finalized.

  3. Hi Karen, I came over here from Hillary's blog and just want you to know that even though we don't know each other I am praying for you. Putting your heart on the line as you have is so brave. Evie is in good hands I think and well loved. I'll check back on Monday to make sure all is well.

  4. Karen,
    I found your story through Hillary, and my heart aches for you, as only a loving mothers could. Please know that you, J and E will be in my thoughts and prayers this weekend.

  5. Reading your story is like reliving my own from a distance of 40+ years. I'm praying all goes as well for you as it did for me.

    Keep us posted! Lots of pictures, please!

  6. Congratulations!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed and can't wait for you all to be on your way home to begin your lives together. Best of luck to you!

  7. Thank goodness all is going well and nothing unexpected (well, except the projectile that ever really expected??)

    Thinking of you all and wishing I could cuddle little Evie through the computer!



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