She weighed 7 lb.,6 oz. and was 21 inches long. Born Sunday, August 18 at 10:31 p.m.
I won't go into all the details because there are so many. But here are a few. Andrea had her heart set on natural child birth with a midwife in a birthing center. I watched this incredible daughter of mine breathe through hours and hours of pain until she just ran out of steam. After three nights of no sleep and a transfer to the hospital, an epidural that lost its effect after as many pushes as a girl can endure, Andrea ended up with a C Section under general anesthesia and didn't even get to see her baby make her entrance into the world. Patrick could not be in surgery either and we soon found out that Nola was in trouble with breathing problems and was whisked away to the NICU unit for treatment. We had a major prayer meeting in the waiting room! We assumed Andrea was in recovery but soon found out that she was still in the surgery unit because she had lost so much blood. Another major prayer meeting!
Yesterday afternoon was better. Nola is doing better. Andrea finally got to hold her and by last night I even got to hold her. We are praising God for a good outcome for what could have been really bad.
I might add that everything went exactly as it should have. At no time, through labor were Nola or Andrea ever in danger because of Andrea's choices for natural childbirth. The wonderful doctor sent by God was in agreement with the midwife and Andrea had the best support team ever. I'm so thankful I was able to witness the entire thing up to the point of her being whisked off to surgery. I have proclaimed that my daughter is not only the strongest WOMAN on earth but the strongest PERSON on earth!
Here is Nola seeing her daddy for the first time: