|still 5 weeks to go?|
Emerson Lawrence Amadeus Goode
April 16, 994 7:05 PM
5 lbs. 6 Oz. 18 3/4 inches
Rogue Valley Medical Center Medford, Oregon
I hope you will join us in welcoming a new, little boy who was determined to be a big surprise. as most of you know - news of our pregnancy - coming as it did after years of trying and the recent adoption of Austin - caught us completely off guard. Then you think, at least with this baby we have until May 24th to prepare. Surprise again!
When Dixie's back started hurting on April 11th we assumed it to be "one of those pregnancy things" and when the Doctor agreed and suggested possible bed rest and physical therapy we thought things were fine - but by Friday April 15th - Dixie was very sick and had Stomach, back and shoulder pain which the Dr. said was all referred from her liver. A diagnosis of HELLP Syndrome (pregnancy induced, high liver enzyme, low platelet count) sent her by ambulance to a Medford, Oregon hospital with a newborn intensive care unit for an emergency Cesarean Section on Saturday evening.
Needless to say, the birth and following time in the NICU was not avery pleasant experience. Every plan and decision Greg and I had made in the past several months was destined to happen about the opposite if why we had wanted - but our main goal of having a healthy Mother and Baby is finally coming true. Emerson is little and 5 1/2 weeks early but he's growing and becoming more left and aware of his world. Austin is enthusiastic and loves his new baby but we have to keep a tight watch on the two of them because of over eager love pats (whack, whack) and exploration (See his ear, his eye?) POKE - - Austin was 18 days past his 1st birthday when Emerson was born so Baby makes four and our family is home and happy (weak and exhausted but very happy)
|3 days old|
|Grandma Holding Emerson, and Uncle Lance far Right, had a Greyhound bus adventure on their way to visit|
|about 6 days old at Hospital still|
|1 week old and going home|
Christmas Letter 1994
Well, I looked at that first page and decided that it looked great but doesn't say much and since it is all you get, I'll give it another shot, so blame exhaustion and not my good intentions, when you have read this page and still have no clue about how Greg and Dixie are doing.
Dixie, is loving being a mother and resents the 9 hour days her job requires. I work and rush home to the boys - the housework gets ignored a lot by both Greg and I in favor of beach walks or family swim night but I get up four times a night with the boys - get up at 5:30 to get ready for work - get home at 5:00 - clean bird cages - cook sometimes and play and read stories.
Greg as usual is swamped with Christmas concerts and school programs - he's always starting 10 projects and finishing 2 but he did get us moved this year into a house where the birds and their noise and mess are outdoors but they are still close enough to ply with. He's also super as a Dad - funny but firm, and he's been helping me teach the boys to swim
Emerson, our newest angel will be 8 1/2 months on Christmas day and weighs close to 20 lbs. He's getting his first 2 teeth, starting to crawl and walk in walker but can pretty well get anywhere he wants to by scooting or rolling. He loves to crumple paper, play peek-a-boo, swim, giggle at Austin's pranks and eat. He has long arms and steals or pizza with amazing speed but hasn't choked yet - knock on wood.
Once again, love and Merry Christmas to you,
Greg, Dixie, Austin, Emerson
|The Cody Wyoming Christmas|
|Aunt April, Temporary Cousin Curtis, Austin, Connor, Colton, Uncle John and Emerson|
|Grandpa Paul n Emerson|