(Note: My 1st draft of this blog was deleted, so I'm starting over again. I hope to capture all the excitement, but I must admit I'm a little bitter about losing the first story.)
We made it to the hospital about 8:45 am and I immediately saw in the partitioned room to the left that our baby girl had been born and was busy being cleaned and attended to by several nurses. We called out to Tabitha who was separated in another section of the room by a curtain to let her know that we’d made it and to check on her. Our hearts filled with joy as we gazed at our darling daughter who was calmly laying under the heating light and taking in the world around her. Nurse Tammy and Oretha were busy trying to get Maggie’s oxygen level up to 90 or above because it kept dipping down and hovering around 80 to 87. Just as they were about to hook her up to an oxygen mask, our little girl rallied and started transitioning and breathing much better on her own. At this point, the nurses put Maggie on the scales for us to take a picture. She weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and they measured her height at 19 3/4 inches. Tabitha was recovering and they opened up the curtain for us to go and see her. I ran over and hugged her and cried my eyes out telling her how thankful we are for this amazing gift! She hugged back and let us know that she knew this was God’s plan and she felt like this was the right choice. Tammy wrapped our precious Maggie in a blanket, put a pink and navy hat on her head, and then let Tabitha see her and touch her.
Then the moment we’d been waiting for—Tabitha said that we could hold her! See the pictures in the next blog of how happy we are to finally hold and meet our Maggie Grace. What a precious moment! Chris and I were both so overjoyed.
Around 9:30 or 10, we were told that they had a room ready for us down the hall, so Chris and I left Tabitha to rest and went to feed Maggie. She ate just about one ounce her first feeding. I fed her first and noticed that she latched on great and had a strong sucking reflex and was super easy to burp.