Life. It is a great adventure. Living life, giving life, it's all risky and sometimes scary and most of the time wonderful and always precious. As I work through Asher's labor&delivery and subsequent NICU stay, I've come to understand what a Doctor friend of ours has always said, "Childbirth is normal, but it is never routine." I think he meant this two-fold. First, every child is a unique creation and the moment of their birth forever changes their family's life. And second, there are so many variables in childbirth and things can go from awesome to scary very quickly.
I am thankful every moment for the sweet boy that we have here. I am thankful that we were in the care of excellent doctors that recognized his distress quickly. I am thankful that we were close to a state-of-the-art Level III-NICU. I am SO thankful for the care of his NICU nurses (angels, truly).
Maybe someday I'll show you the pictures of when he was packaged up for the NICU, on a paralytic so that he wouldn't further destabilize in the ambulance. Probably not, I can hardly look at them myself.
Maybe someday I'll share with you the stricken email I sent to some good friends in Charlotte, begging for prayer. Probably not, because it takes me back to those scariest early moments.
I do have some posts on my heart about the things I learned during our scary moments...but for now, I just want to soak up the beauty and the great adventure that is having a newborn. I have been infinitely blessed...three beautiful boys. Can you believe it?