Monday, October 5, 2009

Our Triple M

In all of the craziness of Isaac being gone & getting ready for a birthday party & a new baby...I forgot to post about Morgan Mae's birthday! And I cannot forget about her SIXTH birthday!

Morgan Mae was a surprise that came with surprises, just 6 months after we were married. Antibiotics cancel birth control:). They told us from the get go that if would more than likely be a miscarriage. I hemoraged at 8 weeks, 17 weeks, & 30 weeks.

At 20 weeks, they found her bilateral cleft lip & palate...nothing else. That didn't take very long to get over & find the right surgeon, even before she was born.

At 25 weeks while Isaac was with the Raiders in California, I went to our new high risk doctor in Maryland. The lady asked if we had ever had any Down's counseling.(Down Syndrome). No, we had not. The doctor then came in & preceeded to tell us of half of her complications. The others to be found out after she was born.

We were told she would more than likely not live to be born & definitely not more than 1 year.

Isaac was released from the Raiders, so he was home for our 1st lamaze class & jokingly I said, she'll probably be a c-section, along with everything else.

Sure enough, we just started to clear out a room at my parent's house, when I started hemoraging. We rushed to the hospital. I was hooked up to magnesium & was given 2 steroid shots for her lungs, just in case. Well, the contractions wouldn't stop & neither would the bleeding. And that caused the start of placenta previa.

Morgan Mae was born by emergency c-section at 3:35 a.m. on July 31st.

At 30 weeks and 5 days, Morgan was 3 lbs & 10 oz & 16 inches long.

Everyday when we would visit her in the NICU, they would tell us about something else that hadn't developed properly. We knew about the cleft lip & palate & the dialated ventricles in her brain, but not about her heart defect, all the parts in her brain that didn't divide or develop, her congenital scoliosis, her eye problems.... and all the premie issues too(to name a few). Then one of the sweet doctors said to me "But look at her. Look at all the things that did go her way."

Morgan has had 6 craniofacial surgeries, open heart surgery, 2 orthopedic surgeries, 3 others--(ears, hemangioma, cyst removal), & botox & phenyl injections for spasticity. She also started having seizures a couple months before she turned 2. And has been under anesthesia or sedation more times than I can count.

Morgan has a wonderful personality & you would never know about her many struggles & challenges in life. She would hug & give loves to anyone. She truly sees people's souls & has no idea about scary or strange appearances.

Morgan is the most determined, stubborn, social, & sweetest little girl I know.
And she's absolutely beautiful. That curly blonde hair & those long dark eye lashes!

That is why she is our Triple M. Our Mircle Morgan Mae.

We are eternally grateful for your willingness to come down to us & show us what life is all about.

Happy 6th Birthday Miracle Morgan Mae!!!!


ruthio said...

such a moving post, erin! you do have a sweetheart in that girl.

The Kadz Family said...

Happy Birthday to Morgan! I've been wanting to tell you congratulations and that your new little guy is absolutely beautiful!!

Allison said...

Morgan is an amazing miracle. It is hard to believe she has been through so much. She has such a sweet spirit, one day i was having a hard time on Sunday and Morgan insisted to give me hugs and kisses. I guess she knew I needed extra love! Thanks for this wonderful post.

melissa mae said...

Happy Birthday little Morgan Mae! We love you so much. Thank you for reminding us what life is really about.

The Johnson Family said...

Tears right now. What a sweetie...I miss my Morgan hugs! She is an abosulte angel from the Lord. Thank you for sharing her with everyone, what a joy she is. You and Isaac are wonderful parents and fantastic people...we LOVE your family! Happy Birthday Morgan!

Abby said...

Everyone should have a Miracle Morgan Mae in their life, so that they can be touched by her beautiful giant of a spirit. We love you Morgan Mae!

chadandsydney said...

Oh she is the sweetest!!! The world would not be complete without her

Cami said...

wow... even though you have told me all this before... it is still so moving and she truly is an amazing girl. i love her so much. she is an example to us all and we are so grateful to know morgan mae. thanks for your friendship!

julie said...

Oh Sweetie, I know that other than your wonderful husband and two other adorable little boys, Morgan is the best thing that ever happened to you. I saw a complete 180 in you that first time we got together after she was born. You are such a great Mom! I just wish you would hurry up and move back East! I know, not gonna happen, but I can dream, right? Next time you're in town, I want to see your newest little sugar lump!

mckenna said...

Happy birthday Morgan!! We love you so much!! I'm so sorry we didn't get over there this weekend! I'll have to give you a call this week to explain. :( But we'll be down again in a couple of weeks and make you all our very first priority!! Love to everyone!

ashley whiting said...

Happy Birthday Morgan! She is such a miracle and such a sweetheart! I bet she is such a loving and cute big sis :)

mariam said...

this post is beautiful