Saturday, October 1, 2011

Beatrice Mae Handley

She's here!  Beatrice Mae Handley was born Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 9:08pm.

I went to the hospital Monday morning, not sure what exactly was going on, but not expecting to have a baby 3 weeks early.  As we drove to the hospital, there was a big rainbow in the sky...must have been a good omen!

We hung out in Labor and Delivery, walked the floors for a long time and waited to see if she was serious about having a birthday.  Late in the afternoon, it became clear that she was on the way.  I started pushing around 9 and at 9:08 out she came.  She is adorable and perfect and stole our hearts immediately!

Monday night, I was holding her and she suddenly she turned blue and wasn't breathing.  I shook her and she took a couple of quick breaths in and pinked back up again.  Scared me half to death!  The next morning they decided to take her to the NICU to watch her more closely.  Over the next 48 hours she had a few more apnea episodes, so she is being monitored and has had lots of tests to see what is going on.  The good news is that she is one healthy baby- perfect heart, brain, lungs and blood.  The bad news is that we don't know why she occasionally stops breathing.  We will probably never know- their best guess is that her brain is just slightly immature from being early.  We are waiting for her to finish a 3 day sleep study on Monday, and we hope to take her home for her 1 week birthday.  We are trying to take it one day at a time (and trust that someday we might sleep again...someday!)  She is a happy, snuggly girl, and a BIG eater.  She will be ready for all the love Matias and Violet have to shower on her when she gets home!


  1. What a beautiful family, Helen! So happy for you, she is just adorable!

  2. What a gorgeous new addition to your family. And Helen, you are glowing in those photos!


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