Sunday, June 23, 2013

Amelia's Arrival

Everyone pictures the birth of their first child.  What will she be like? Who will she look like? Will I go into labor in the middle of the night or during the day? Will she be a week early or late? Well....Miss Amelia Kay Dabbs decided she would make her arrival earlier than any of us imagined. At the end of May, 12 weeks before her due date, my water broke. Not at home or in the middle of the night, but instead at the hospital while I was rounding on my patients that day.  I was about halfway through seeing patients when it happened, I called Ryan right away and he said, "it can't be your water, you're only 28 weeks along". I sat there praying in the stairwell that he was right and sent a text to my Mom, sister,and brother to start praying.
Fast forward to the hospital (luckily I was already there) and it was indeed my water that broke. The next 48 hours are a blur, filled with lots of doctors coming in and telling us what to expect if we delivered our baby at 28 weeks.  What the risks are, the fears.  They had started me on Magnesium to try to stall me from going into labor and given me steroids to help Amelia's lungs mature.  I remember Ryan holding my hand, praying day and night, my parents arriving in the middle of the night after driving from TN, I remember being scared.
The first prayer (and still our prayer to this day) is that God would protect Amelia inside and out, that he would keep her safe and allow her to be the girl he wants her to be.
The second prayer: That he would allow her to not deliever until she had the steroids in her system for at least 48 hours.
On June 1st 2013, Amelia Kay Dabbs entered the world.  She was 2 pounds and 12 oz , 14.4 inches long and the tiniest most precious baby her parents had ever seen.
Though we do not know what girl she will be yet, so far God has answered both of those prayers.  She delivered 52 hours after getting the steroids.  At the time of her delivery we had already prepared ourselves that she wouldn't cry, that we wouldn't get to hold her, that she may have to be intubated.  Amelia amazed us all, when she proved all of those fears wrong.  She came out crying (the sweetest sound I've ever heard), she did not require intubation or even oxygen and she was doing well enough that they allowed us to hold her for a few minutes before taking her to the NICU.  She is truly our little angel baby, we hope you enjoy following her story along with us.  We ask that anyone who hears her story, to please continue to pray for Amelia.  We know God hears the prayers and that they are being answered.


  1. She truly is an Amazing baby girl! God id so good and we love her sooo much already!! Praying for you all 3!

  2. We thank God for Amelia and for all the prayers people have said. This will be a journey to enjoy. Still praying and cannot wait to see her.

  3. I find it interesting that one of the word verifications(which I hate, by the way)lol was "His" wow! How cool is that?

  4. She is so beautiful,the little angel. Thanks for keeping us up dated. Prayers and love to you all.
    Love Aunt Molly

  5. Our Beautiful Amelia!!!!! I am sooooooo proud of this big girl! I have prayed and prayed that God would allow this precious little angel to have a wonderful life on this earth! Love the blog! Love you sweet Beth Ann!