Hi all, this is John posting, so it won't be quite as eloquent as Nancy's blogging.
Nancy gave birth to a baby girl this afternoon at 3:10. Her name is Rebecca Marie. She weighed only 13 ounces and is 9 inches long. She can easily fit in a person's hand. She is doing as well as can be expected, but everything is touch-and-go at this point with any baby who is as early (28 weeks) and as small as she is.
Nancy is doing well...very tired after a long day, but doing well.
Here is the short version of today. Nancy started feeling some pain on her right side early this morning and experienced increased nausea. They suspected that it might be her liver so they ran some tests. These tests confirmed that her liver was inflammed and that her platelet count was dropping. These are both signs that the pre-eclampsia is progressing to a point where it becomes dangerous to the mother's health, so they said we needed to deliver.
So, they prepped Nancy and took her back for a C-section. I was with her for the surgery. They were able to take little Rebecca without any problems and were quickly able to put in a breathing tube for her (this is a huge concern for small babies because their airway is so small).
Nancy is now resting in her room and baby Becca is in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) receiving some top-notch medical care. Nancy has been truly amazing today...I'm falling in love with her all over again! It's been a long day for us all, and I'm sure I'm going to crash soon. Thanks for all the support and prayers - keep them coming. If baby Becca survives, she will be spending months in the NICU, so she still needs them.
Hopefully we'll be able to post some pictures in the next few days and Nancy will write more, so stay tuned!