Wednesday, December 16, 2009

4? really?

It was four years ago yesterday that our first baby joined us!  It was somewhat stressful time as I was really sick but didn't know just HOW sick.  I was grateful for an induction and epidural!

Because I had never been pregnant before, I didn't know that how I felt the last month was anything other than normal pregnancy sickness.  Little did I know I was on track for a 2 week stay at the hospital after she was born.

Here she is visiting me - if you look closely you can see my lovely bruised up arms (from so many blood draws) and skeletal wrists.  In addition to the weight you lose inherent to having a baby I lost another 20+ pounds in a couple weeks.  Not really my recommended post-partum weight loss program.


I'll spare you most of the details (mostly because I can't think too much about it without getting teary) but in short, 10 days after she was born I was taken to the ER with a blood pressure of 180/130, had two post-partum eclamptic seizures, a blood clot in one of my ovarian veins and a small stroke in my left ear.

1 year
The good news is that my baby was fine.  She has been so healthy!  I have mostly recovered, I mean, I'm fully functional and have gone on to have one more healthy pregnancy and delivery (and hoping for the same this time around).  It was a totally crazy experience, and every time I tell a doctor about my  history they give me a look like, "and you're still here?"  and I reply, "I'm not making this up!"

2 years
She is such a fun, spunky little girl.   And is constantly saying and doing funny things.

The big 3!
She is a great big sister and loves being with her friends.  Right now she's definitely into dress up and other girly things.  And she's convinced she's getting a baby sister this spring. We'll find out tomorrow!


I love my pretty in pink girl!  I'm so honored to be her mother.

26 crafty mcCrafters commented:

V and Co. said...

happy happy birthday!!!!!!! ;)

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh me GOodness...you had quite a time! I'm so glad you came through that and were able to have more babes to keep that gorgeous one busy! ;-) Happy day to all!

~ Tricia S ~ said...

Wow! What a beautiful daughter you have! Happy Birthday to your little girl in pink :)!!!

Kim B said...

WOW! And I thought my first delivery was traumatic! Praise God you were both ok. Happy Birthday beautiful!

Andrea said...

She's so beautiful...takes after her mommy! ;-) What a horrific experience, but I'm sure you'd say it was all worth it in the end!!

amber said...

Happy Birthday!!

allyn said...

she is a sweetie and so beautiful. i am so glad you are here and that she is with you, too. looking forward to many more years of alison stories.

Natalia said...

Happy Birthday! That's so scary! I'm glad that you haven't had to go through that again. Can't wait to hear what you're having! :)

Laura said...

I LOVE HER!!!! Why is she so stinking cute?!?! Can't wait to hear what you're having . . . does that mean Nick caved?

Dana said...

First, Happy Birthday little one!!

Second, your pregnancy sounds scary! Eecck! Glad you have a good sense of humor about it. :)

buttercup said...

Happy Birthday to Allison who has the most amazing and talented mommy, ever!

Julie said...

She sure is a beautiful little girl! Addi is sitting with me & she keeps pointing at Allison's baby pictures saying her newest word..."Baby!"
Happy Birthday Allison!!!

Sarah said...

Wow Amy, I had no idea about that...I'm so glad you are with us today! Happy birthday to your sweet little one!

One Shabby Chick said...

That is incredible and so scary Amy - wow...Happy Birthday to your little girl..

Sara said...

A big Happy Birthday to your little one...And, isn't it wonderful to have good medical care and that you are still with us to have a nice beautiful family!

Vicki said...

happy birthday to your sweetie!

Whimsical Creations said...

Happy birthday to your baby!!

What a scary experience. Glad to hear you had a better one with #2. So are you going to share with us what you are going to have? =D

Rene' said...

Very sweet!!! Happy Birthday to the cutie pie birthday girl!!

Sew It Up! said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl!

Thanks for sharing you story.

Dee said...

Many Happy Returns of the Day...to you both. You're both beautiful...insdie and out!

em's scrapbag said...

Happy Birthday to your little one. She is beautiful.

carmel said...

she is so beautiful! happy birthday!

Pokey said...

Happy birthday, big girl! It is fun to be a big sister, I was one, too! We'll be praying for you, Amy, this time around. Hope you have a better time of it! pokey

Mrs Moen said...

Happy birthday! You've got me all teary too...

Barb said...

Thanks heavens for modern medicine...and so glad that you have lived to see her grow and have more children....so very glad.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

She's such a cutie, and great big sister! So glad for modern medicine - that's scary stuff! praying for easy and safe baby again :)

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