Life’s Little Surprises

by laura.johnson

You go before me and follow me.

You place Your hand of blessing on my head

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

Psalm 139. 5 & 6

We had a baby! Let me introduce you to our sweet little girl Lydia Ruth Johnson.

She was born on March 18th at 2 pm weighing 2 lbs and 2 ounces, and each day since has brought about an outpouring of  more blessings.

While life has been a little a lot busy since her early arrival, we wanted to share our dear daughter with you.  Here are a few of the highlights of our lives that last few weeks.

We headed to the hospital early in the morning on the 13th, and were promptly thrown into rounds of shots, medications and tons of prayers all to help speed up her growth, and slow down her arrival. She held out another 5 days, then God (and our surgeon) decided it was time to meet our sweet Lydia Ruth.  She was 3 months premature. For those moms and other pregnant women out there she was born at 26 weeks 6 days, early, very early.

Lydia the first days on the CPAP machine

She squealed right for the beginning letting us know she was here and had quite the lung capacity. She skipped the ventilator and other invasive breathing assistance and went straight to the world’s tiniest CPAP machine to help encourage regular even breathing and after a few days she graduated to a small cannula. Which made this mama happy that I could finally see her sweet face!

We’ve been able to hold her some, and let me tell you Kangaroo Care is magical not just for babies but for mommies too.  It’s been wonderful to have a few moments with her swaddled in my arms hands!

She started a few tiny feedings, mostly to prepare her stomach and intestines for digestion later.  Then nurses have encouraged us to give her little tastes of milk by swabbing a Q-tip along her lips and inside of her cheeks, she loves the taste and immediately suckles it down.

We’ve settled into the life at the NICU quiet nicely. She’s in a room with 4 other boys and we are delighted to share this experience with them and their parents.  Most babies spend their preemie days in the NICU until they are able to regulate their breathing and body temp, digest food and in general sustain themselves.  The doctors and nurses say we can expect to take her home close to her original due date, June 18th. For now we are happy she in the wonderful and knowledgeable staff here.

More importantly than the medical updates is how God has used this process to show us His sovereignty over all.  The days leading up to Lydia’s birth are full of large and small co-instances that show the Lord’s hand making its way for us before we even knew the path we were on. Several people being prompted to pray for us, even though we hadn’t spoken in weeks or months, our doctor being on call the night we needed him, the nursing staff knowing our situation before we stepped off the elevator, a sister who had planned a trip to see us weeks before we knew she would arrive within hours of our caesarian, and most of all the unnatural calm that continues to surround Cody and myself knowing that our family is safe in the hands of the Lord.  We have so much to praise Him for and we take great comfort in knowing He is both ahead of us and behind us for all our days to come.

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing with the world the continued power of God’s grace and strength, during this current blessing in your life.

    I have friends that have a baby with spinabifida and the lives they have been able to touch during their many stays in the hospital are to numerous to count. How wonderful to see Him giving you guys the same opportunity.

    May God continue to grow wee Lydia and give you and your husband the needed physical and emotional strength during this time before she comes home.

  2. Congratulations and praise God for this life-giving story! She is darling and perfect.

    • Oh thanks for saying so, of course we find her darling and perfect but it’s always nice to hear it from others too.

  3. If I wasn’t at work, I’d be tearing up and crying Laura! Seeing you as a Mommy is beautiful. Glad to hear she’s doing well. Those breathing machines on her beautiful face break my heart!

    • Yes we feel fortunate that she only had to have the CPAP on for the first few days! And oh did this mama’s heart rejoice when I could finally look at that sweet face, it melts me heart every time.

  4. Love you all. So excited for June.

  5. Laura, your post definitely brought tears to my eyes, bringing me back to our days in the NICU. I am so happy that Lydia is doing so well and her life is a true testament to God’s plan and how he works in our lives. Thank you for sharing your story and we will continue to pray that Lydia grows stronger everyday and is able to come home before her due date.

    • Thanks for the words of encouragement Rachel, it means a lot after you’ve weathered a similar storm. We are clinging to Psalm 92.2 ‘It is good to proclaim Your unfailing love in the morning, and Your faithfulness in the evening.’

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