Monday, August 24, 2009

It's a... Cupcake!

Never have I loved having my iPhone as much as I have over these past many weeks. Every email and message on flickr, facebook and my blog came to me via my phone at points when I really needed to have some good thoughts coming my way. Thank you!
I really haven't had much energy for responding to things, and now it seems like so much time has passed - please forgive me and know that I appreciated every single message!

Here is a quick overview of our wild ride:

Saturday, June 17th, we went up to Grand Forks for a family wedding. That evening I wasn’t feeling quite right, so Mr. 5 and I went to the ER just to get reassurance that all was well. Instead of getting reassurance, I was admitted with preeclampsia and told to get ready to deliver that week (10 weeks early!).

Both Mr. 5 and I felt very strongly about having this happen back home, so luckily on Monday I was transported via ambulance from Grand Forks down to Abbott in Minneapolis.

The goal was to let cupcake keep growing inside me as long as possible, but on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning the preeclampsia started to affect my liver – that meant delivery needed to happen right away.

Our little Cupcake was born at 5:44 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22. She was 3 lbs 6 ounces and came out crying!

In the 24 hours after she was born, I was not recovering quite as expected. There was some scariness on Wednesday night getting me stable, but nothing 4 units of blood and a little monitoring in the ICU couldn’t fix.

Cupcake has done amazingly well since arriving a bit early in the world. She needed a bit of help with oxygen as her first day went on, so they put her on a C-Pap machine (which is like a baby version of the ones folks use for sleep apnea).

CPAP'ed Up

On her third day she graduated from the C-Pap machine to just a nasal cannula (the little tube that blows oxygen under her nose).

Sucky Face

After a few days she was breathing room air just fine.

Sina resting 2

Over the past weeks, our Cupcake has been growing....

2 Weeks

and growing...

3 Weeks

and growing!

4 Weeks

She is now about 5 and a half pounds! It blows my mind that she has grown so fast.

We are hearing talk from doctors and nurses that she could come home as early as next week.

ETA: I just looked at the post settings, and I started writing this post on August 7th - I hope my next post doesn't take quite so long.



Blogger Annie said...

Congratulations! How sweet is she!!
Glad to hear you are both doing well. Take care

August 24, 2009 9:10 PM  
Blogger magnusmog said...

So glad to see what amazing progress she is making :)

August 25, 2009 3:01 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Congratulations! She's a beauty and I hope she gets to come home soon!!

August 25, 2009 4:45 AM  
Blogger cath said...

Hooray to coming home soon! She is a cutie-pie!

August 25, 2009 7:51 AM  
Blogger Josie said...

Congratulations from a lurker! (Found your site long ago in a link from the Heathen Housewife) I've been thinking about you ever since you posted about the wedding -- So glad to hear that everything worked out well. Cupcake is beautiful!

August 25, 2009 8:04 AM  
Blogger Bertha said...

She's so wonderful! I'm so happy that you're both doing so well and that you'll be able to bring her home soon! It must be torture!

August 25, 2009 9:00 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

So glad that everyone is doing well. Hopefully it won't be long before Cupcake makes it home. Take care of yourself!

August 25, 2009 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Rachel F said...

So glad to hear she's doing so well and might be coming home soon. I'll pass on the good news to my sister. I was sitting on her porch when D called, so she's been asking for info and I'm glad to pass on more good news.

August 25, 2009 9:56 PM  
Blogger SwissKnits! said...

What a cute cupcake she is...prayers for all of you...
Rest and take care...

August 26, 2009 6:49 AM  
Anonymous caitlyn said...

Cupcake is really, really adorable! I hope that she is continuing to progress and that your recovery is going smoothly.

August 26, 2009 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a ride. Glad to hear all is well. Cupcake is gorgeous!! Take care of yourself. karen

August 27, 2009 4:53 PM  
Blogger nuttnbunny said...


August 29, 2009 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your baby is beautiful. Hopefully, you will be able to bring her home soon. Be good to yourself and get lots of rest.

September 02, 2009 12:21 AM  
Blogger Chris Common said...

Hi, Laura and "Mr 5"~

Cupcake HAS grown! She is still a cute peanut. I will send my sister your blog address so she can see the changes. We had such a nice meal with g'pa and g'ma Given and sis also saw g'uncle Paul while cruising through PHX last Sunday.

Continued growth and good wishes!
Chris and all

September 04, 2009 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Dehbi said...

There is something extra special about preemies. Both of my grandkids were 10 weeks early. The oldest weighed exactly what your little sweetie weighed, 3 lbs. 6 oz. And her brother weighed in at 2 lbs. 12 oz.! After that bumpy start, both are doing great now. My grand-daughter is a 5-year-old diva and terrific big sister to her little brother, almost 2 and a total wild man wo adores his sister and his mommy and daddy! He does not know me well yet, but he will. I will see them next month.

Preemies often have more fight in them than full-term babies, they need that feistiness for survival. I don't think they ever lose all of it even after they get through that difficult beginning. That strength, fueled by our love for them, is wonderful for them and for the whole world.

Blessings to you and that precious puddin! Much joy lies ahead for you and your family. It just gets better and better!

November 02, 2009 7:47 PM  

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