January 14, 2017

Our Little Koala Bear Comes Home

It was more than we can expect to see that Malia came home with us when Lady Hiva did. Truly a miracle. There is nothing else that can explain it. She has surprised us and all of the staff at the hospital too! For being 5 weeks early, she had proven resilient and strong.

The only person more excited to be home than Malia, is Lady Hiva. She was ready to sleep without a nurse or a doctor coming in to wake her every ten minutes. She too has been tremendous in recover from her surgery. I guess Malia can claim she takes strength from her mum's example.

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Throughout the week Lucky Dragon stayed with Madre (or Pluba as he calls her) and the two of them would come see us as often as they could. Bringing food and joy when they came. He has been so excited to be with his 'baby Malia.' We played with farm animals that Aunt Vyonne brought for him and we played with Legos that Aunty Jan and Pluba brought. That brought hours of entertainment in an otherwise limited room.

We all guessed weights and length of Malia before she came. I guessed the weight right on! And Lady Hiva was the closest with the length.
He thinks it is wildly hilarious that Lady Hiva decided to nickname Malia Koala Bear because she will lay on Lady Hiva's stomach and spread her arms and legs wide as she can (which is not very wide for a little 5 pounder) and she clamps on with all her might like a Koala. She will stay there as long as Lady Hiva will sit still. So I guess we will have a Lucky Dragon and a Little Koala Bear in our house.

Little Koala Bear

We have had our Little Koala Bear home for a few days and she has been loved by aunts, uncles, friends and grandparents. It has been fun for Lucky Dragon too because the cousins that come to visit with their parents.

I am not sure what will happen in the next few weeks when he does not have all the other people to distract him and he realizes that Malia is here to stay and not just a fun toy that comes and goes.

So we are back into the realm of two hour feedings, hourly pooping and peeing etc. Actually, she has caught me off guard a few times when I was changing her diaper and she peed all over! I thought it was only boys that do that...I guess I was wrong! haha

We continue to be thankful for this little one. And although we worry constantly about how she is eating, looking, gaining weight and how she is doing--with all of our history we may over worry. But thankfully nothing has merited these worries.

So Welcome Home, Malia!

January 10, 2017

She Has Arrived! And Is Here To Stay!

Meet our little lady  
Malia Nive Jan Bradshaw 
5lbs 11oz
19inches long 

We are so excited to have her here and that she has showing some real strength and resilience. She came a bit early due to Lady Hiva having several prior C-Sections. We found out two weeks ago that Lady's uterus was dangerously thin where her prior C-Sections scars were. So in an effort to have a win/win for both Malia and Lady Hiva's health we had scheduled a due date for 15 JAN. But last week the doctor's thought waiting the extra week may be risking it too much.
Last photo before we went into Surgery

Getting ready

So our little girl was born at 35 weeks and a few days of gestation. Lady Hiva was so brave during the C-Section. They had a hard time getting Malia out (I think she was bigger than they had expected). I was able to watch the entire surgery (really cool experience) and it was intense there for a few minutes. Lady Hiva even watched with a mirror above her head so she could see. Once the baby was out she went straight to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for an assessment. I was SO thankful that Malia started to scream and screamed for nearly fifteen minutes. To Lady Hiva and I that was music. It meant her lungs were developed enough to scream like that!

Miraculously the NICU declared her healthy enough to spend some time with us. So I held her close to Lady Hiva's head while the doctor's stitched everything back together. I took out my phone and sent a few photos to Madre and Kell to show Lucky Dragon. It was fun to get a photo back with his reaction.
Seeing a photo of Malia for the first time

On his way to meet us.

They were waiting for us when we came out of the Operating Room and he was so happy to show us that he 'bought' his mum flowers and Malia a bracelet. He wanted us to put it on her right then! Malia then had to go back to NICU for a 4 hour "Transition" evaluation to make sure that she kept her oxygen levels up, ate and that her sugar and temp levels were stable. She passed all those tests so despite our expectation that she would need to be in the NICU for some time as a premature baby, our little girl came up to join us. That made her big brother REALLY happy. He did not like that he was not allowed to see her when she was in the NICU.

Thank you all for the outpouring of love over this pregnancy. All the prayers, encouragement, thoughts, positive energy and love that we have been given truly did make a difference! We are excited to start this next journey with 4 of us.