So, Shannon's baby was due on May 29th. And her baby shower was on April 1st. The perfect theme arose: "April Fools Day Shower!" (Photo cards compliments of her doting Aunt Cass.)
Yep, she went into labor on a Monday night, and the doctors couldn't stop the labor, but delayed her long enough to administer steroids for the baby's lungs. And on Wednesday, in the wee hours of the morning, Nora Brooke arrived. All 3 pounds, 9.5 ounces of her.
I went and saw her Saturday morning, before the shower. She isn't hooked up to tubes or anything, other than the feeding tube so she doesn't "waste calories eating." She did lose 5 ounces, but she's back up to her birth weight as of yesterday.
Nora is perfect, other than having arms the size of a chicken wing and otherwise being just so frighteningly small. She was 2 full months early, so this is a miracle! Preemies usually stay in the hospital until their due date, but her doctor thinks she might be able to go home after only 4 weeks, and at least one nurse was speculating it might be only 3 weeks. We're not even thinking that such a thing might happen. (The wires attached to her are all monitors. Even at 3 days old, she only had a feeding tube.)
But Nora is healthy, and strong, a good wiggler and kicker, and that's huge. So my family is one tiny person larger as of 8 days ago, and the baby shower was the oddest and happiest ever!
Happy Thorsday, everyone!