Our family is so scattered right now! I left Paul and Tim in South Carolina, while I went to be with Evangel for the birth of baby number 2! And, of course, Josh is in college in Connecticut.
It's a tough call to leave the hublet for so long, but his having 21 year old Timothy, who has a new driver's license (Whoo-hoo!!!!!) made me feel better. I told Tim to help with driving, laundry, and cooking...3 of my areas of help to his Dad.
We didn't know how long I should be away, since we didn't know what type of birth was going to happen. 20 days turned out to be the best because Paul was in Columbia, SC, again, 20 days after I left.
At 1:30, I was wondering how much more Evangel could take, and then her doctor said maybe 5 more hours. WHAT?!?! That seemed so discouraging, but Ryan said, "That would be faster than what we planned." They encouraged themselves, and I was crying (quietly, in a corner, as I remember) and praying. I did not feel I could last 5 more hours, let alone Evangel!
Happily, it was not so long! Baby finally came at 3:39, only about 2 hours after.
We were so excited to meet Cyrus Paul Nathan Ford! He was healthy and well, weighing 8 lbs. 11 ounces or 3.9 kilos.
Evangel began with complications soon after. Her doctor rushed to deliver the placenta, and it tore, and she began bleeding. She was rushed into surgery, and it was scary!
I had gone down to the hospital cafeteria to tell my Mom and my sister Wendy that it was going to be awhile before they could see Evangel and Cyrus, as there was still some bleeding. We heard over the hospital loud speakers an urgent call for a team to room 3015, stat.
That was Evangel's room! I raced back to the elevator, and up to her floor. The reciptionist wouldn't let me back into the room! I got one glimpse of Evangel as they wheeled her away to surgery, when she said, "Trust God."
I was remembering her last time I had seen her wheeled around on a hospital gurney, when she was 13 and nearly died of a burst appendix. She said later she felt closer to death this time, and felt at peace with that. I'm glad she did, but I wasn't peaceful at that idea.
Thankfully, though surgery took 4 times longer (!) than they had said it would be, she came through well, with 4 units of blood transfusions!
Baby Cyrus came home on Sunday the 10th and is delighting his parents with his every little sign of progress. He has smiled already! He's eating well. All systems are functioning. Frequently.
My prayer inspired by Psalm 139:13-14.
You're in control, O God, our Creator. You covered Cyrus in Evangel's womb.
I will praise you, for Cyrus is fearfully and wonderfully made! Marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well.
We're thankful for every single finger and toe, and just love his fuzzy hair, and warm, constantly stretching body. His "big" feet and hands let us know he's not going to be a petite prince.
Pray for this little family. Baby lives are fragile. Dad and Mom are tired. Big sister Clarity has been having some health issues too. Trust God.