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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Aunt Tracy

I am thrilled to let you know that I am an Aunt. On June 29th, my brother David and his wife Kerri gave birth to a little boy Robert Lane. He is doing great but did have to spend a little time in the NICU as he was a born a couple weeks early. I told my brother welcome to the joys and pains of parenthood because it truly is both.

Jerry and I spent a lot of time in the NICU with our babies praying daily for them. I remember how sick our little Cody was and signing a consent form for a "double volume exchange."

It was performed during the night and I was up all night waiting for news he came through it ok. I remember them having to constantly move his IV because his veins kept collapsing... he was a bruised pin cushion.

I remember the triplets and their pick lines, they didn't have IVs because they were there so long so we approved an IV line that went to their hearts to avoid collapsed veins.

Parenthood is painful and scary, but then there is the joy. There is truly no comparison to the joy children bring and each day I love watching them grow and develop new skills. I love talking to them and am amazed at the vivid imaginations. David and Kerri have just started this adventure. The rollercoaster has just started down the tracks... I pray the highs are really high and long and the lows are brief and just make their love stronger.

Once again, my favorite quote:
"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~ Elizabeth Stone

He is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Welcome baby Lane!!!!

"Double Volume Exchange - Removal of twice the blood volume from the affected infant and replacing with fresh blood from the blood bank (exchange transfusion). Exchange transfusion has been shown to reduce brain damage in severely jaundiced babies; however, exchange transfusion is associated with serious adverse events including death."

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