Monday, March 30, 2009

It's a GIRL!!!!!

Okay...I finally found some "spare time" to update our blog! Sorry to all of you who've been checking it regularly, only to see a picture of me still pregnant! Today, April 4th, is our actual due date! Little did we know God's plan was much different than our own...
On Thursday, March 19th we had a healthy, beautiful Baby Girl @ 3:06pm. "Mara Jo Prins" was 6lbs 2oz, 19inches long and came into the world at 37 weeks and 5 days gestation. We had gone into the Perinatologist that morning for an ultrasound to see if we could turn her(she had been breech for quite some time). They could do this by doing a "manual external version" (flip her from butt-down to head down position) Well, our plans changed very quickly!! My amniotic fluid was very low, and she was still frank breech, so the version was NOT an option & we would be admitted to the Women's Center that morning (the floor I work on @ Avera). After talking things over, we decided to deliver yet that afternoon! You should've seen the look on Justin's face...priceless:)
Mara is now 2 weeks old and doing great! She's a VERY good, content little girl (must take after her daddy)! She is above her birth weight-weighing 6lbs 6 1/2oz. According to our pediatrician "She can hold her own":) Praise the Lord for a healthy, growing baby girl!
We are doing well at home, are adjusting to getting up ever 3-4hrs to breastfeed, and I am recovering well from the c/section. We have been SO BLESSED to have had both Grandma Van Dyke & Grandma Prins stay with us throughout the last 2 weeks!! (I think they might've enjoyed it more than we did). I am looking forward to having off of work until the middle of June-just in time for summer!
Well, I could go on & on but I suppose you're all excited to see some pics of our daughter instead. Here are a few from the hospital that our friends, Tom & Jessie Schoolmeester took-Thanks guys-you did a wonderful job!!
Thank You to ALL of you who have visited, brought meals and gifts!! We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful network of Christian family & friends surrounding our baby girl & us as new parents!! Thank You!!
"Every good and perfect gift comes from above." James 1:17