Monday, December 06, 2010

Half the Weight, Twice the Adventure: Pregnacy Goes Preemie

For months, I've been anticipating the announcement of Baby Toolkit's newest geek.  It's been hard for me to keep quiet for months about our baby in development, especially as this pregnancy has been my most challenging.  This may make my posts about specific foods a bit more understandable.

BabyGeek1.3 (yet to be nicknamed) conspired with my AMA (Advanced Maternal Aged) body for a Beta release.  More clearly put, she was born prematurely at a 34 week gestational age.  Her weight, slightly less than a little sack of sugar, is about half that of our older kids.  The strong family resemblance makes her seem a miniature of Ranger and Scout as babies.  Even at a tender young gestational age, our littlest girl exudes personality and family traits.  When she puts on her Elvis lip and it transitions into a sly half-smile, the twisted Jones sense of humor seems strong in this one.  She's also been driving a few of the NICU nurses crazy with her physical strength and persistent desire to kick off swaddling devices.

The health problems that precipitated her birth are resolving themselves quickly.  Our little baby is growing leaps and bounds in NICU.  Ranger and Scout look forward to meeting her in person.

In the crazy hours surrounding her birth I realized (with regret) that I have read almost nothing about pre-term babies.  We have much to learn right now.

We proudly welcome this tenacious new member to our family.

~the Joneses

13 comments:

Joy said...

Congratulations, Adrienne and all!

indywriter said...

Congrats! I hope all of you can come up to the (new) ol' HC sometime. I've missed talking to you and reading your blog.

I'll be praying for your little one and the whole family too. How exciting!

Jen @ Rolling Through Looneyville said...

many, many, MANY congratulations to you all! I've been amazed at how you manage to keep your secret with each of the last two munchkins! (I've only been a reader that long).

Hope she's home soon!

Aimee said...

Congrats, Adrienne! I'm glad to hear that the little one is doing so well. I hope you and Jim are too.

Sara said...

Congrats! Can't wait until you get back to blogging. I really like your site. :)

Jen said...

Lots of love and luck to you all! Congratulations, and welcome baby 1.3!

sara said...

congratulations!we are praying for your family & a happy homecoming for baby gal!

anne nahm said...

Congratulations! Welcome to the world, sweet geeklet!

Judy said...

Congratulations Adrienne!!! Love to your whole family
xoxoxo
judy

Chief Family Officer said...

Oh wow! Congratulations! I'll be praying that she gets to come home soon!

nicola said...

Huge congrats Adrienne!!

Chive said...

Woohoo!
Glad she's a feisty one like her siblings, and well enough that it shows already.

Dot said...

So awesome! I'm so happy for you guys! *sends love and baby hugs*

Nancy