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Today Was the Day

on August 7, 2013

Well, it finally came.

Today was the day:
That we have been praying for.
That we have been dreaming about.
That we have nervously awaited.
That we have been scared of.

Today was the day:
That brought Bailey a brother.
That brought Mommy a daughter.
That brought Daddy to tears.
That brought a family closer together.

Today was the day:
When our babies showed their faces.
When our faith was challenged.
When our belief was tested.
When God showed his might.

Today was a long day.

Today was a beautiful day.

Today we were reminded that ignorance is bliss. That life is so fragile. That control is an illusion. That we have become “those” parents. You know, the ones you see in the hospital that you never think could be you…that you hope will never be you. As I walked the hallway tonight and saw them – tired, crying, worried, exhausted – I realized they has become we. Then I looked a little closer. A grin. Hope. A small laugh. Kind words. A smile from a stranger.

Let me back up.

This morning at 9:48, Asher Louis Wiggins burst onto the scene. Weighing in at 5 lbs 13 oz, he grabbed our hearts as God used Pandora to play Kutless “Strong Tower” over the operating room speakers. He was whisked over to be cleaned up and checked out by the nurses and doctors. He is our rock. Healthy, strong and perfect in my eyes. He is now resting on the 9th floor with Mom and finally managed to eat, so a major milestone is in the books. He will have a strictly precautionary echocardiogram tomorrow, but he looks amazing already. If you haven’t seen the pictures, he has been officially declared to be Bailey’s mini-me.

At 9:49, hot on her brothers heels, Audrey Ann Wiggins made her much awaited appearance. Mommy’s little angel tipped the scales at a more ladylike 5 lbs 4 oz. She is beyond beautiful. In all our anticipation of chaotic haste, God was so in control. The team swooped in to evaluate her EA and jump to action on any possible dangerous complications. But there would be none. Little Audi very calmly withstood the pokes and prodding as it was determined she was indeed very, very stable and no emergency surgeries would be needed. As I got to hold her for the first time and walk her over to see Mom, God once again reminded us that he was in control with his newest blessing – “I Love the Way You Hold Me” by Francesca Battestelli brought a tear to my eye as I stared at my baby girl. God is Good, all the time. When we need it. When we least expect it. When we forget about him. He doesn’t change. He is there for us and will be our strength.

That doesn’t mean we are out of the woods. It doesn’t mean that this life, or our situation is perfect. We have a lot to deal with before Audrey is out of the woods, but it will come in His time. She does have a gap in her esophagus, but no complicating extra connections (fistulas) to force our hands. We met with 3 surgeons today, who assured us of next steps and committed to doing whatever it took to help us come up with a plan that we were comfortable with. For now, that means baby steps. In the next day or two, she will need a feeding tube surgically connected to her stomach. At that point, we hope to get a better assessment of her gap – which is the information we really need to know our options. We are both so thankful to have been blessed with the time to think, plan and choose in a calm, sane manner.

Half of all babies with EA also tend to have other complications. Knowing that, she was tested repeatedly for numerous things today and while she doesn’t have any emergent concerns, we did learn today that she has a fairly serious one with her heart. Audrey has a hole in the wall between her ventricles. It is highly unlikely to correct itself and will require a surgery sometime likely in the next 3-6 months to correct it. Over the next couple weeks, as her heart gets stronger and builds up more pressure, she will likely be on some meds to manage it – to keep her lungs from being over saturated with fluid. It shouldn’t have, but this one came as a bit of a shock. The good news is that her heart really is healthy and doing its job well – it just didn’t finish growing together totally. Again no panic. No frantic scrambling. Just being still and knowing that He’s got this.

We have been so blessed by the prayers and support. We can’t thank all of you enough. The words of encouragement really have meant so much over the last few weeks…and especially today. Thank you and don’t stop praying.

Back to “those parents”. The ones you feel sorry for. For what it’s worth, I am now proud to be one. Not for the sympathy. Not in a sadistic way. Because I am already seeing the beginning of an amazing testimony. Because my baby girl has a God that has big plans for her. She will be amazing in ways I’ve only dreamed of. She will have a story. She already has my heart and before long, she will have yours too. She has 2 big brothers and her Moms attitude. Look out world, she’s a coming!


7 responses to “Today Was the Day

  1. Thank you for the update! I will pray for continued peace for your family, and that your kids will grow stronger every day πŸ™‚ I know they will! What a neat time in your life to have found you on facebook. I love this side of technology πŸ™‚ I look forward to hearing more of Audrey’s story, and the story of your family.

  2. Kevin Wing says:

    Well written! I’m happy for you and your family. Congratulations! Thank God for Asher and Audrey’s safe birth! I pray that you and your family continue to have many promising days ahead. Good Luck and God Bless!

  3. Darlene Baker says:

    So glad that things are under control and the future is looking so bright. Will pray for things to go the way they are planned and your little girl continues to make giant steps. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  4. Congratulations Wiggins family!! I saw the photo posted on Facebook and they are so precious! πŸ™‚

  5. Jen Woodcock says:

    Your testimony already is amazing. Your faith is inspiring and I think it is wonderful that you are sharing your story and our God with everyone who reads your blog. You may never know the amount of people who you might reach, or how you may touch their lives with your story. Be encouraged that He is using your struggle to build His kingdom and that someday you will be able to shout from the rooftops that HE has healed your sweet baby girl! We are praying for you and love you all!

  6. Jacqueline Wiley, PT says:

    Congratulations to the Wiggins family:) We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers as you meet each challenge. Enjoy each and every precious moment God gives you.

    Harrison PT gals

  7. vicki levasseur says:

    Christine we were those parents too 26 years ago at mott u of m. Our daughter janaye had a very unusual heart condition.at 3 weeks surgery with gods help was done very successfully. Ron mcd house praying continually, almost an out of body experience support from all sides. What a life and faith growing experience. Very humbling. For the first time in my life I realized I was out of control. I remember vividly praying over her cage like crib the night b4 her surgery not my will but thine be done. God gave me the necessary vfaith to give it over to him. I felt such peace the day of surgery and my confidence in my god grew by leaps and bounds. He really is good all the time and carries us in our time of need.hang in there, one day at a time.

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