Today was a special day. My cousin Jennette, her husband Jason and their daughter Maddy are in town for the first time since Maddy was born. Our first time to kiss Maddy's cheeks and see her beautiful blue eyes in person has been so amazing! It was also Jennette and Jason's first time to see Jimmie in person! Jennette helped me by writing blogs the week before Jimmie was born. My daughter McKenna was having a surgical procedure that week. Jennette also posted the night Jimmie was born and when he had his "crash and bleed" .
Jennette is also mommy to Gabriella . Rachael and Jennette are cousins and love each other, but unfortunately share a sad history. They both buried their firstborns. Gabby passed away in Jan. 2008, Gracie - April 2008. Rachael was newly pregnant with Gracie when we drove out to Colorado for Gabby's funeral. Little did she know a few months later she would also receive devastating news at her 20 week ultrasound. And that she too would be burying her daughter in a tiny white coffin.
Rachael and Jennette became pregnant for the second time pretty close together. Jennette's due date was the end of March. Rachael's- the end of May. Of course Jimmie was born Feb. 11th, almost 4 months too early and Maddy was born a little late on April 1st. So technically Jimmie is a couple months older than Maddy, but if you go by Jimmie's gestational age he is a couple months younger.
It's been well over a year now since Gabby's and Gracie's funerals, we are so thankful for the blessings of Maddy and Jimmie. Thankfully Jennette did not share in also having a tumultuous second pregnancy. Although she had a 2 vessel cord and a semi-emergency c-section, Maddy was born at term and very healthy!
And although the pregnancy with Jimmie was traumatic and tragic in some ways, it has resulted in a beautiful amazingly healthy brave little man. Rachael has been wearing a shirt lately that says, "Some girls are born lucky." (-:
We are blessed!
Thank you Lord for these beautiful babies!
I'll post an update on Jimmie tomorrow. He's doing well.
P.S. We have 99 followers now, surely someone out there wants to be number 100! (-: