On June 5, CJ gave birth to little Ava June, weighing in at 3lbs 4oz at 32 weeks gestation. She has lived her short life so far in the NICU at OU Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City. When I knew that CJ was either going to deliver right away or be on bedrest for several weeks, I drove up from San Antonio to move in with them and do whatever I could, and I'm still here. So many of you are and have been praying for Ava since before her birth, and I can't tell you how much that means to me. Many others have helped CJ and Tony with food and drinks, preemie clothes, offers of places to stay, gift cards for the extra expenses...thank you so much. You've been "angels unawares."
If you'd like to follow Amazing Ava's Adventures, let me know and I'll add you to her Facebook page where you'll see updates and more pictures.
|Ava, just moments old, being wheeled out of the delivery room on her way to the NICU|
|CJ was under general anesthesia, so just minutes after she woke, Tony shows her the video of the birth|
|Ava's first evening|
|24 hours after birth, Ava finally gets to be held by her mommy|
|First day of being dressed in real clothes, a reward for reaching the 1500 gram milestone|
|Granny gets to hold Ava|
And...ten days before Ava was born, Granny's House was the scene of another birth. Kristen and Dave welcomed Donovan Mitchell Slaughter into their hearts and ours. Van's birth was very different from Ava's, yet we know with certainty that God had his hands on each one. Kristen's delivery took place in the same room that his big sister Carrie was born in seven years ago, and true to her nature, the delivery was a party, complete with our SuperMidwife Janet, lots of family and friends, Taco Cabana, and homemade cookies! Van weighed twice what Ava did...but we're sure she'll be catching up soon. Here are some pics from his Birth Day party...
|First, the two mommies who didn't know they'd be delivering cousins ten days apart!|
|Tummy views, 30 and 40 weeks|
|This was pretty much the position for the whole labor|
|You'd think we were watching a movie, huh?|
|Minutes after Donovan's birth, but he wasn't named until several hours later|
|Welcome, little one!|
|Janet weighs the little guy|
|Okay, something about this picture reminds me of the Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion! The uncles were not present for the birth but were admitted minutes afterward to greet the newest male in the family.|
|Six Slaughter kids!|