Wednesday, August 4, 2010

She's here!

Our little girl is finally here!  Maddy (her name's Madeline or Madelyn - we haven't decided which spelling yet) arrived at 4:53pm today.  The doctor's expected her to weigh around 2.4kg - so imagine our surprise when they told us her weight was 3.62kg (which is even heavier than what Lana weighed at her birth)!  She also scored slightly higher on the APGAR test than Lana did (scoring around a 9 out of 10 or so) so that was good to hear.  There are still the skeletal dysplasia issues but I guess that didn't really catch us by surprise.

The main thing however is that Maddy is having some issues with her breathing now - I went to check up on Maddy later in the evening and found that they had moved her into the NICU ward for observation.  She was breathing via CPAP.  That's the main thing we're concerned with right now - once she's stable in that regard, we can start worrying about the other issues.  She's our little girl - and we just want her to be all right.

So we would appreciate if you could all please continue to pray that her breathing stabilizes and that she can breathe strongly on her own.  After all, our little Maddy is a fighter and she's strong.  It's hard for her daddy to see her struggle, but whatever happens, I am supremely confident that God knows what He's doing.

Thanks everyone for your love, prayers and support.  We'll keep you posted as things progress.

Bern (and Nic)


  1. Aww, welcome to the world little Maddy! Congratulations to you all!


  2. Congratulations!!!! Such a beautiful name for a sweet little girl! We are very excited and happy for your family and will continue to pray for you all as Maddy gets through all this! Glad to hear her weight and Apgar scores are good! That's excellent news! Also glad to hear that they are helping her with CPAP, many kids have had this help when newborns and are doing wonderfully today! Big hugs to you all and many prayers going up!!!

  3. Congrats!!! We're so happy for you! Grant was on oxygen for a while after he was born, even with all those early stresses, Grant is doing great now. They are strong fighters, I'm sure your little one's strength will surprise us all!

  4. we will be praying for her! Welcome, Maddy! I can't wait to see photos.

  5. Congratulations to the whole family. You're in our prayers constantly and we're thankful that she seems to be doing well.
    Remember Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you,' Declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.'
    Love to you all,
    Zylstra family

  6. Welcome Maddy! Such a beautiful name! congratulations and warmest wishes of HEALTH, health, health, and of course other important things which come secondly! Enjoy your precious and keep us posted on her health status! All the prayers could not pass un-answered! Best of luck and blessings!

  7. Congratulations on the arrival of your precious little one!! Praying for her health to continue to improve.