Thursday, June 07, 2012

Tiny

This is SO NOT the exciting news I was hoping to share with you today. And the productivity certainly wasn't on my part. But that is the way life goes... your prayers are coveted for my baby sister, her husband, and their brand new baby this morning.

Clara Clementine was delivered by emergency C-section at 1:30am, being only 32 1/2 weeks into her gestation, and weighing just 2lb. 15oz.

I haven't had a chance to talk to anyone yet to find out what her prognosis is for being ready to leave the hospital, but it appears (from the photo, which I stole from my brother-in-law) that she is breathing on her own, which seems like a small miracle to me.

My sister had HELLPS, a nasty combination of super high blood pressure and dangerously low platelets. I had the same syndrome with my firstborn, but in my case it didn't present until I was at 37 weeks, and I was able to delivery naturally. My sister has a long road of recovery ahead of her, and so does her perfectly-perfect little doll-baby.

26 comments:

Margaret said...

Prayers are being sent for the little one and her mother too. I hope all is well with them both.

Cath said...

Oh , she looks so precious , and so perfect . Sending hugs and best wishes to everyone. XXX

Delania said...

My daughter is 32 1/2 weeks pregnant now so I can sympathize with you. I am happy to see how big your neice is and she appears to be doing well. Prayers to you and your family.

basketsnprims said...

prayers for all being said including Auntie Beth. The baby is gorgeous.
pam

Rita said...

Praying for your precious neice and your sister.

Jeanne said...

Oh how I know about HELLPS. It presented itself in my first pregnancy at 18 weeks! My daughter was born at 26 weeks.
Your sister and little one our in my prayers. ~Hugs~

Anonymous said...

Lots of hugs and prayers...I too had HELLP at 30 weeks...If she is breathing on her own, that is such a huge blessing!!

Debbie P

Lorraine B (ME) said...

Beth, I just prayed for little Clara and your sister and will continue for healing for your sister and healthy growth for little Clara. It is amazing Clara is breathing so well on her own. Asking God to provide all her needs, nourishment and good health. Our daughter, Liz, is now 31 weeks along. Praying. ((hugs))

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a beautiful, sweet baby with a beautiful, sweet name! Sending prayers for Clara and her mommas speedy recovery.

Jen said...

She's so precious, Beth. I know that our daddy God has her tiny form in the palm of His hand and can strengthen and grow her strong! I also know that friends all over the world are praying for little Clara to thrive and for peace to reign in the hearts of all of us who have already been touched by her young life and care so much. Will be praying and eager for an update.

Anonymous said...

hey Beth, what a precious little
girl! bushels of prayers are heading your way for you and yours.
stay strong!
Darlene North

Anonymous said...

Prayers for this new, tiny child of God, her mother and father. Such a precious baby and so perfect!

lynda said...

Sending lots of prayers for this precious little one and her family.

Bertie said...

Wishing Clara and her mum a speedy recovery!! a lovely little poppet!! and breathing on her own is always good news!

Heather said...

Prayers for little Clara and a swift recovery for your Sister.

Penny said...

Prayers for your baby sister, and her sweet baby....

LaDonna Snellbaker said...

I will be keeping all of them in my prayers. Clara is beautiful and breathing on her own is awesome. It is amazing how little they are but I know from my experience the nurses are absolutely wonderful.

I experienced HELPP Syndrome as well and my little guy was born at 30 weeks weighing 2 lbs 8 ounces. He was in the NICU for about 6 weeks. I was told he could come home once he was breathing with no assistance, able to eat on his own and could sit in his car seat for one hour with no issues. She is already breathing which is absolutely wonderful!!!

Mom and baby will be home before you know it. In the meantime plenty of prayers are heading everyone's way.

angelasweby said...

Oh Beth,
Clara is beautiful. She and her mum and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers. A speedy recovery to your sister and sweet thoughts for Clara.
Angela

Vickie said...

Oh prayers are said for dear,precious Clara.

Peggy Lee said...

A precious little gift from God! She's beautiful.
I will remember her and all of your family in my prayers.

marly said...

So heartbreaking to see a precious new life having to stay in the hospital, but what rejoicing when she comes home! Hope mom recovers quickly.

Barb said...

They will both be in my prayers!

maggiesfarm said...

Prayers for baby Clara and family. She looks strong, feisty and beautiful!

Merrie

HomeSpunPrims said...

Beth,
Offering up prayers for little Clara Clementine (love that name!) and remembering her momma and daddy too! Hugs, Lori

Christina said...

Congratulations Auntie! A lovely baby and such a nice name. I have a goddaughter called Clementine. Sending lots of positive thoughts their way. Clara looks healthy, strong and determined. Best wishes to your sister too. X

Nancy said...

Sending prayers for mom and baby...She is so beautiful!