My daughter had a baby on Thursday evening. Emma Hope was 17 weeks early, weighed 1 lb. 4 oz. and was 11 3/4 inches long. She is currently in a NICU in the big city. She is soooo tiny, but so beautiful. My last post, when I discussed big changes, had more meaning than I thought it did. It is amazing that so much can happen so quickly. We were hoping for a baby around Christmas or New Year's. Now we will be in the hospital until then.
It is amazing what medicine can do these days. I have met more people in the last 4 days that say "My (daughter, granddaughter, niece, son, brother, sister) was born that early." The wonderful part is knowing that those early babies survived. Emma is a fighter. She is fiesty, beautiful, squirmy and sweet. She is doing extremely well on her path, better so far that the "typical" preemie of her age.
So the big change that I spoke of was supposed to be that I was quitting work to be a SAHM in a couple of months. Emma has changed all that, and in just a matter of days I will be a Stay At Hospital Grandma, pretty much. After lots of prayer and hard decisions, this is what is best for our family and God really has me at peace with it. This is the most peaceful decision I have made in years.
I am usually torn between chioces. I never feel like I have made the right one until long down the road. However, for some reason, this is the right one. I have found a few projects that will bring some money in while I am at home, not as much, but some. The odd thing is, when you spend all week working late, you don't have time to do those things that save you an incredible amount of money. Now I will have time to be even more frugal and to spend time with my Emma, who we all feel needs someone there.
So, if I don't post much for the next couple of weeks, you will know why. Stay tuned though, I will be back before you know it!