Deedra and I had been praying for discernment and clarity on when to go to the hospital. For two weeks she had been experiencing changes in her pain and contraction rates, but we never really new when labor actually began.
On Wednesday morning (2/16), we had scheduled appointments for a sonogram, a none-stress-test (NST), and an appointment with our OB. After the sonogram, we were waiting for the NST and Deedra had a very “different” contraction. Once the nurse hooked Deedra up to the machines to monitor the babies’ heart beats and her contractions, it only took a few minutes to realize that the Lord had granted us clarity because Deedra was in labor!
The nurses wheeled us across the hospital complex and we began what would be a long day and night of labor. After about eighteen hours, the doctors realized that Deedra would need a C-Section in order of Cohen and Lily to join us.
At 7:21 am Cohen Maddox Pace was born! He was 4 lbs. 15.5 ozs. and 18 inches long. At 7:22 am Lily Alana Pace joined her brother in the world! She was 5 lbs. 2.8 ozs. and 18.5 inches long. It was such a beautiful, surreal, and emotionally overwhelming moment!
While both babies where healthy, there were still technically premature, so the doctors moved both of them to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for a “transition period”. I was to hold them before they left, but remained with Deedra as the doctors finished the operation.
Afterward Deedra was escorted back to our room and I headed up to the NICU to check on Cohen and Lily. By the time I got upstairs, Cohen was ready to try and feed which marked the end of his transition. I was able to take him downstairs to with him mom almost immediately, praise the Lord! Lily, on the other hand, was having trouble regulating her breathing so she had to remain in the NICU for several days. To be honest, the hardest part of all this was seeing my sweet little girl all hooked up to machines and not being able to hold her or take her to meet her mom.
On Saturday morning, the Lord in his graciousness answered our prayers and Lily was able to officially join the family! We were discharged on Sunday afternoon and have just enjoyed our first night in our home as a new family!
We are so grateful for all of our family and friends and the prayers that have been lifted up for Deedra, Cohen, Lily, and myself over the last few days particularly. The Lord has been merciful and kind to us in so many ways; especially through each of you. We are also extremely grateful that Deedra’s mom (Lana), and sisters (Alicia and Brook) for getting quick flights out to Seattle to be with us in the hospital and help us take care of Cohen of Lily. They have truly been a blessing.
We are home now. The kids are doing well and mom is healing nicely. We are bit overwhelmed by it all, but are excited for what is ahead for our family. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Thank you again for joining us on this journey!
As much as you have enjoyed the narrative, I know what you are really hoping for is pictures, so here you go!!