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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Eden Joy Hardwick

Eden Joy Hardwick was born at 12:41pm on February 8th. She was 6lbs 10.5 ounces and was 19inches long. The delivery was awesome and Joli was unbelievable. God was so merciful as her labor was comparatively fast (4 hours) and Eden came out great even though she was only 35 weeks. We truly could feel the presence of God as He surrounded the whole process and the prayers of the saints on our behalf was truly humbling. Joli and I both said that we knew that those prayers availed much.

Since the birth, Joli has started to do much better and her liver enzymes are steadily going down. She is gaining her strength and appetite back and feels great even though she isn't sleeping that much. Eden has been struggling with jaundice and we have had to go back and forth daily to the lab to get her heel stuck and test her blood for bilirubin levels. She has been on a bili blanket for a few days and will be on one for the remainder of the weekend. Considering all things though, we are so thankful that God is working in us for His glory through this all. She is so beautiful and when the lethargy of the jaundice goes away, she is going to be a spitfire. She will need to be being the youngest of 9. :)

God is so good and we are thankful for our newest arrow. May He grant us the wisdom and grace to raise her to be a woman who loves Him with all of her heart!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Baby Coming

Ok. We know. Our daily blog is now a monthly one. I saw that it has been one month exactly since we have posted anything. The last post was a Treasure update and since then she has done awesome. She doesn't snore anymore and breathes much better. But...

We are in the hospital again. This time Joli is in with complications in the pregnancy. She has cholestasis of pregnancy which causes the bile to back up into the blood stream. It makes her itch uncontrollably and very miserable. There is really no cure for it but to deliver as it is very dangerous for the baby and can cause still birth. It also can cause Joli's liver enzymes to go high. So, she has had high liver levels and they were worried about gall stones. Well the gall stones were ruled out and her gall bladder looked great. Next they were concerned that she had preeclampsia developing because her liver levels were high(ALT,AST), her platelet levels were low and she developed a terrible headache along with vomiting. She has been in the hospital since Friday and has been on IV fluids since then as well. The IV's have helped as her levels are stabilizing (not getting worse). The plan is to deliver tomorrow however because of all of the problems she has been having. She is only 35 weeks so they have been giving her steroid shots to help mature the baby's lungs.

Please pray for Joli's health and strength through these next few days. She is doing better this morning but is tired, especially of sitting in a hospital bed, and she has a delivery ahead of her. Please pray for the baby to come out breathing well and full of fight. Please pray that in everything that happens over the next few days that we will bring glory to our Creator.

The Hardwicks