Saturday, June 21, 2008

Baby Girl!!!

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!


  1. Congratulations! I feel like I've been checking this constantly and had a feeling something must be happening. Many blessings to you all. Know that my prayers will continue. Denise

  2. Love and prayers in abundance!

  3. Happy Birthday to Baby Becca! (BTW - Love the name!)

    Praying for dear mommy and baby...

    Peace and Hugs,
    Becca & Ella
    (Erin's friend)

  4. I'm sending you much love and many payers for the Hill family. Know that you have much support coming from many states away.

  5. Oh my goodness! Little Becca, tired amazing Nancy, updating John - what a world! Prayers are flowing your way...

  6. Wow! She has the same exact name as my sister (except for the Hill part, of course). Welcome, then, to my tiniest sister in the world!

    Love to you all,

  7. Wow! She's here and is so precious. Little Becca will continue to be in my prayers each day, and so will you, Nancy and John. Take good care, and I hope you can get some rest.

    With love and prayers,


  8. Patrick MacDonaldJune 22, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    We are keeping all of you in our prayers! We love all of you!

  9. John and Nancy and Becca you are in my prayers!! you are also on the prayer list at Westwood Church of God.Becca, you are a miracle in the making.God will be with you,all. LOVE and PRAYERS , Brenda Walters

  10. Nancy! John!
    I am so happy for you guys! (I am crying for you right now)! I want to be there with you . . . congratulations and many hugs and prayers!


  11. my entire staff is praying for you guys and baby becca. i'm so glad that she is finally here and i pray that she grows and grows and grows!

  12. Hey John and Nancy, Congratulations on a baby girl. We are praying for you and for her.

    Love You All, Ken