Monday, July 2, 2012

surprise!

We spent the weekend getting the house ready for our little girl's arrival. When everything was finally done on Sunday, I joked that we were finally ready for her. I shouldn't have done that. Because around 9:30 yesterday morning, I received a phone call from T that she was in labor - almost 5 weeks early. About an hour later, our daughter arrived in this world.

I promise I will write a full update as soon as possible. Please keep us in your thoughts as we wait for the paperwork to be signed (most likely today) and as we wait for further information from doctors about our baby's health. As of now, it looks as if she will need at least one week in the NICU. I'm already a wreck.

A couple of things before I go. First, for our daughter's privacy, we will not be posting her full name on this blog. Please, if you know her real name, do not post it in the comment section.

Second, I understand there was some issue about my personal Twitter account yesterday. In my own words, I'd like to state that this account is not used for any updates regarding our journey with adoption and infertility. It was set up long before my blog account became active and is maintained as a way of keeping in touch with family and close friends. It was not intended to post information about this process (I have not even posted our daughter's name, stats, and photos on this account). This said, I find it pathetic that people would attack me behind my back on the day I'm welcoming my daughter into this world. I'm dealing with a child who is fighting her way through several health battles in the NICU and busy worrying about whether or not T is going to sign the papers. And yet I have to take time out of my day to address childish bullies. It feels like I'm in middle school.

For those of you who spoke ill of me, I know who you are. Please think again before you speak. You should be ashamed of yourselves. For those of you who supported me? Thank you for being such amazing friends.

71 comments:

NurseShaw86 said...

Ahhh I'm SO happy for you!! I hope your daughters week flies by in the NICU. She will be home before you know it. She's incredibly lucky to have such loving parents. Congratulations mommy :)

aryanhwy said...

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! I hope she's doing well and will be home with you soon.

edel claire said...

Congratulations!! This is fantastic news - I'm so excited for all three of you and hope it won't be too long before you can welcome your daughter home.

Also, sorry you had to deal with stupid drama. It makes no sense whatsoever.

I hope everyone's doing well!

edel claire said...

Congratulations!! This is fantastic news - I'm so excited for all three of you and hope it won't be too long before you can welcome your daughter home.

Also, sorry you had to deal with stupid drama. It makes no sense whatsoever.

I hope everyone's doing well!

nobabyruth said...

WOW!!! Congratulations on that arrival of your little girl. I am sending you the best thoughts and am full of hope that her stay in the NICU will be as short as possible. What an incredible roller coaster you have been and are still on!! Thinking of you!!!

P.S. I hope the twitter BS is behind you. Try to ignore the irrelevant crap and focus on your newly expanded family!!

*Jelena* said...

OMG, I know it's early to rejoice, but I'm just soooo happy for you, Katie. Amazing. Just hang in there, be patient, and stay strong. I can't wait to read the post when your baby actually comes home.
xoxo

Deanna: Infertile Momma said...

Congratulations momma!!! I can't wait to hear more and you will be in my thoughts. {Hugs}

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the birth of your little girl!

Rebecca said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Hoping the NICU stay is short and her health issues are under control and sendIng all my love your way for a quick turn around for the paperwork. I'm so excited for you!!!

(and I hate whoever is stressing you out at this time!)

M said...

Congrats on the birth of your daughter! Sending T&Ps that she is strong and healthy, and sending you strength to get through the next few weeks.

Shannon said...

so happy for you and praying all is well with your new daughter. as for the haters...well you got this girl. :) Nothing can damper this kind of happiness, so they shouldn't even be a blip on your radar!!

Audrey said...

So exciting! Will she have a nickname on here? Totally understand the privacy issue.

Praying for your (and hubby's) sanity and baby girl's health.

Also? Ignore twitter and spend your energy loving on your baby girl. You have EARNED THIS JOY and I am over the moon for you!!

Maureen Alley said...

Congrats mama!!!

Casey said...

Congratulations MAMA!!! Listen My daughter was 6 weeks early and in the NICU for 9 days feel free to email me casey@kidslikeike.com if you need any support or have any questions or tips. The consensus is GIRLS ARE TOUGH and super strong when it comes to being in the NICU. I have been secretly stalking you for months now. You are an inspiration to me as we start contemplating adoption. Thank you for sharing your journey. I can't tell enough you how it helps. I am so so happy for you and your hubby. Welcome to the world to your little one!

Miss Nicole said...

I am SO INCREDIBLY excited for you! You and Joey and Baby Girl are in my thoughts and prayers :) I can't wait to hear more and see pictures of your beautiful little blessing!

Lauren said...

Congratulations Katie! I hope our daughter's stay in the NICU is quick and that you get to bring her home soon.

KT said...

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!! I hope that her stay in the NICU is short and that you can bring her home soon!

Kakunaa said...

Love you woman. So so happy for you :-) And your daughter is beautiful.

jin said...

I haven't logged on to twitter in a hot minute, but I can't believe someone or some folks did that! Crazy.

Anyway, congrats mama (and daddy)!

Just the Tip said...

Oh goodness! You got everything together so quickly! I don't see WHY anyone would expect you to post her real name online. I've thought many times about deleting the first half of my blog that has my girls names and/or 100% editing posts and changing it to "P" and "M."

I hope the health concerns are nothing that modern science can't overcome. Babies are SO resilient, you have no idea.

HUGS MOMMA!!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS MOMMA!!! :)

Heather @ A Little Hope in My Pocket said...

Congratulations, MOMMA!!!! Prayers that your little girl will be home with you soon.

Erica said...

congratulations on the arrival of your daughter!!!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations!! Totally meant to be! I'm sorry you had to deal with drama yesterday, but hopefully it's behind you now and you can focus on your precious daughter. Yay!!!

gailcanoe said...

Wow! I'm super excited for you and keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that everything goes well with the paperwork and the baby's health.

JustHeather said...

Congratulations! May your little girl's time in NICU be short and may you all be united very soon!

Jen said...

Congrats, Mama! I have fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly for you this week and in the weeks to come.

AnneHorch said...

Congratulations, Katie!!! So happy for you!!!!! Hope your girl can come home soon. You're a mom!!

someday-soon said...

Congratulations!!!! I hope her NICU time is very quick and she's home in her beautiful nursery and keeping you up all night in no time =)

lparsons15 said...

Over the moon happy for you and Joey doesn't even do it justice! Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!
People suck by the way, WTF is up with that?!?!

Augusta said...

Congratulations to you, Katie. This is amazing news! I've followed you from a distance for years, and it brings me so much joy to know that you are finally a mom. I hope that your wee girl is getting excellent care in the NICU and that she will coming home very soon with a clean bill of health.

I'm sorry to read that there was troubles in tweetland with bullies. It's hard to even fathom that people would waste their time doing that. I'm really sorry that it negatively coloured your beautiful day.

Brittany said...

Congratulations, Katie!!! So, so happy for you! What an amazing day. My fingers are crossed that things go smoothly and that baby girl does will in the NICU! YAY!

Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

WOW! What wonderful news! I am praying that she has a short NICU stay and is in your arms soon. Congrats!!!!

JM said...

Awwww, congrats!!! Hoping her NICU days are few, and that all else goes as planned. So happy for you guys :)

Marianne said...

Oh so happy for you!!!

Carli said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Joey! I hope the rest of the paperwork goes smoothly and that you get some relief on that front soon.

As the parent of a NICU graduate (Carder was a resident for 11 days), I can tell you that your daughter's time there will probably be the most nerve wrecking time in your lives to date. The tubes, the wires, the alarms, watching them struggle to learn to take a bottle...it is tough stuff. Hopefully she isn't facing any terrible health issues and will be out in the estimated time frame.
Just keep in mind that this too shall pass. In the blink of an eye, you and Joey will be having a glass of wine and discussing "Remember when she was in the NICU and was learning to eat? Remember how scary that seemed? Look at her NOW!!!"
Until then, if you need some support, feel free to email me (carliderek@gmail.com). And if you need someone to freak out to, I can be that too!

Emily said...

Congratulations!! I'm beyond thrilled for you both, and hope that your little girl has a speedy recovery in the NICU. :)

Jaclyn said...

I am so happy for your family, and hopeful that the papers will be signed and your baby quickly comes home from the NICU. Best of luck to you!

S said...

Congratulations, Katie! I hope everything works out. I'll continue to keep you and your baby girl in my thoughts.

P.S. I'm not on Twitter, and your comments about your situation make me glad I'm not. Facebook is bad enough!

Alex said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you! Best wishes as you await the paperwork and most importantly, healing thoughts to baby girl. May her stay in the NICU be swift, so you can get her home!!!

Brave IVF Girl said...

Congrats!! That timing worked out amazingly well.

Hope everything goes smoothly and you get to bring her home soon!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations, Momma! I know just how hard a week in the NICU can be, so I hope your week flies!

Sorry there was awful drama at such an exciting time. Hope everything resolves itself.

I'm sure everything will go wonderfully!

Jay said...

Congratulations!!! This is such a beautiful moment! Hope your little girl's stay in the NICU is short and smooth, and you can begin your lives together.

And for whoever criticized you...WTF is wrong with people???

Gurlee said...

I have the chills!! Congratulations momma!! Hoping for a short, boring NICU stay :)

Amanda said...

Oh my gosh, how exciting!!! Congratulations to you and your husband!!!!!!

kristin simich said...

Wait, WHAT! In my extreme excitement for you and the fact that I don't have Twitter I missed something here...if you need me to take names and bring some muscle girl, you let me know!!

rebecca said...

Congratulations, so over the moon thrilled for you!!!! Our little man spent 5 1/2wks in the NICU so unfortunately we know that routine well, please let me know if there are any questions I can help with. That's great they're thinking only a week or so. Sending lots of love your way and hoping that baby girl has a smooth, speedy stay in the NICU and is able to come home with you soon. And boo to those who caused you unneeded stress on such an important day.

Dawn said...

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! Wishing her a quick and uneventful NICU stay.

I hope the papers are signed today.

Oh, and I can't believe someone said anything bad about you on twitter. What is wrong with people?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! Good luck and God Bless. Don't even pay attention to those twitter bullies. I know exactly who/what was said and I've seen those same girls gang up on numerous women. Sad and pathetic is right! Just move fwd with the women who continued to support you and your privacy AND your choices to step away from IF community on twitter.

AnotherDreamer said...

Congratulations! I hope that everything goes well and she doesn't have a very long NICU stay. Thinking of you all!

missohkay said...

So happy for you and can't wait until the worries are behind you and you're parenting Baby Girl at home!! Thanks for taking the time to update us :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Hope the paperwork is done quickly and baby comes home soon.

~~~alicia~~~

Megan said...

Congratulations and prayers for your little girl!! Such glorious news!!
Sorry to hear some people were turkeys :(

Michelle said...

Congrats!!

FWIW, our nephew was just born 7 weeks early and is making leaps and bounds in the NICU. Hopefully it is just a quick stay for your daughter!

Seriously said...

Wow! Surprise indeed!!! One week in NICU is great. Thinking of you all as the papers get signed and you, and your birthmom, make their joyful/difficult transitions.

erika said...

I am beyond excited for you & Joey. I hope you may bring your precious daughter home very soon.
As for the ones who can't share your joy - don't let them to steal these precious moments from you, away with the clouds. Let the sun shine, this is your time! Much, much love to all three of you

Jessica said...

CONGRATS!!!! I will keep your daughter in my thoughts and hope that she will be out of NICU soon. So happy for you!

Logical Libby said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! You and your girl are in my prayers!

Tiggs said...

I am so thrilled for you!

It Is What It Is said...

Woohoo! Congratulations, mama! I hope her NICU stay is brief, that papers are signed quickly, and that you are all settling into life as anew family soon.

As for anyone who would choose to rain on your glorius parade, I have one word: LOSER.

Leslie said...

Congratulations! Thinking of you & looking forward to hearing more!!

April said...

Congrats!! I know how nerve racking this wait can be. We waited 5 days after birth for papers to be signed and then had the revocation period. Take in every moment with your sweet baby girl! That is ALL that matters right now! :)

Anna said...

Congrats!!! I hope she does great and transitions home soon! As for Twitter- I don't tweet so I have't a clue, but screw them!

foxy said...

Holy MOLY! Congratulations Katie! What a most incredible and wonderful surprise. Everything is happening SO fast and I am holding my own breath for you. YOUR baby is here! omg. incredible. sending you and your sweet little daughter wonderful wishes for a fast uneventful time in the nicu and many beautiful moments together very soon.
OHHHH WOWWWW!!!!!
Congratulations!

Cajun Cutie said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you. Hoping everything goes smoothly. I am so sorry that people were trying to suck your joy and being horrible towards you. You deserve better. hugs and love sent your way.

To A T said...

Super Congrats on the birth of baby girl!! Saw the pic on FB and you look like a PERFECT family of 3 :) Good luck mama! Praying that she has a short and easy stay in the NICY :)

Secret Sloper said...

Oh my goodness! So thrilling! I am hoping that your little girl's stay is short and that the papers are signed soon and she is in that nursery you have been working on for so long!

And...despite keeping Smudgie's name off my blog, I'm still wishing you let us know hers. I'm just a big hypocrite ;)

kayee said...

OMG!!!! So excited for you! Congratulations - how wonderful. Best of luck and healthy vibes to your little girl!!! Can't wait to hear the whole story.

Sorry the Twitter bull shit put a damper on your wonderful day, but as you see, nothing really matters anymore except for loving that munchkin!

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Oh my G-d -- I lose power for a few days and when I return to blogs, this is the happy news I find :-) Congratulations! I am so happy for you.

Daryl said...

Congratulations!! What a beautiful photo of your little family and your baby girl! So happy for you!

AL said...

so thrilled for you!

I'm so sorry for all of the Twitter drama, I missed out on it and didn't eve realize anything had happened until Thursday and I felt horrible you had to deal with all that during a time you should be 100% focused on your daughter. So sorry all of that happened but yay for baby K being here!!