Thursday, July 10, 2008

Our new baby girl!

Bailey tanning in her Isolette and getting fed by a feeding tube.

First day home! Of course I had to put a bow in her hair!

Welcome Bailey Grace Faulkner! She was born on May 30, 2008. She weighed 3 lbs. 11 oz. and was 16 inches long. She came 6 weeks early and was delivered by emergency C-section. We brought her home on June 16...after her 17 day stay in NICU at St. Vincent's Hospital. We are calling her our "Miracle Child."

I was diagnosed with severe preeclamsia, HELLP syndrome, and Chorioamnionitis at 34 weeks into my pregnancy. When I first went into the hospital I also had a UTI, which I didn't know about, and was also having contractions, which I didn't even feel. Bailey was diagnosed with IUGR...Inter Uterine Growth Retardation. Even though I was considered 34 weeks, she was only measuring 31 weeks. I never in a million years dreamed that something like this would happen to me. After all, I've always considered myself relatively healthy. On Friday morning May 30, Dr. Woods came into round on me and said, "We've gotta get this baby out now." I will NEVER forget those concerned and urgent words! 45 minutes after that, I was rushed into the operating room and Bailey was born at 9:33 am. After a brief look at my new baby girl, she was rushed off to the NICU by a team of incredible nurses.

I could go on and on about that day as there as still plenty of raw emotions and "what ifs" that make me want to cringe. But, Michael and I are trying not to look back and are grateful to God that Bailey is doing great and I am too. We are so thankful to God that our baby girl is healthy!

As of July 7, she weighed 5 lbs. 14 oz. She's a little ole thing and is fiesty as can be! I wonder where she gets that from???

I can't wait for everyone to eventually meet her!


Laura said...

More pictures please!

The Laney Family said...

yay leah! I'm so excited to see all of the updates! Add us to your favorites!

Deborah said...

Leah, she is so pretty, send it to my home e-mail too, please at I hope that I can come and see you both soon. I will call you next week and try to come at lunch and we can watch Days.

Robin said...

I am so excited you have a blog now. I can't wait for more pictures of little Bailey.