Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The 13th that is the 19th

My daughter turns three today.  She was born on Friday the 13th.  We weren't expecting to have a daughter in our hands for another three weeks.  But then, we weren't expecting an emergency c-section either.  I didn't know I'd even had her until they whisked her by in a blanket, all cleaned up and capped.  It all seemed so unreal.  One minute we were hooked up to the IV and getting that drip that makes contractions come and the next, they flew out of the room with me because her heart had dropped to 25. 

My husband was taken to a side room and given scrubs to change into, but no further instruction.  He waited.  It felt like forever.  He worried for her. He worried for me.  I'd been bleeding and bleeding and bleeding. How long would it take? How bad was it?  Had we already lost her? After seven prior pregnancies, this was still uncharted and dangerous territory. 

Searching both for comfort and something to take away the feeling of time, he took out the Saint Louis Marie de Montfort Total Consecration, a devotion he and I have participated in for the past eight years.   (That's a whole other story).   "Please let her be okay. Please let them be okay." and he asked Mary in particular for protection.

And the reading for the 19th day of this discipline was Jesus and the children. 

"People even brought little children to him, for him to touch them; but when the disciples saw this they turned them away.  But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as theese that the kingdom of God belongs.  I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." 

When he had finished reading, the nurse brought him to see me and together, we held and saw her and smelled her sweet new baby smell together for the first time, Regina. Regina Zaiga Rose.

So Friday the 13th became lucky and blessed because she was born, because she survived.  Happy Birthday Gina. (That's what she calls herself).   And today, when she was awakened by a chorus, she smiled with her whole face.  We gave her a crown and a princess gown.

Now that she's properly dressed, we're going to go out to a famous Scottish restaurant for lunch; McDonald's.


Adrienne said...

Beautiful baby. Happy third to the birthday girl...

Mary said...

Hope your little princess has a wonderful 3rd birthday!

JimmyV said...

Congrats! We practice that consecration too and have been for almost as long as you guys.

MightyMom said...

their ever more precious for their terrifying beginnings....says I.

:-) hers a cutie.

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