I will post more thoughts later. Mercy Ann David was born on 1–23–15 at 3:23 pm. Her birth weight was #4 13 oz. She is 18–1/2" long. The delivery was physically the hardest pain Karie has ever had to endure. Mercy was born rump first. She was folded up until her feet popped out. After that followed the head. Karie was screaming out in agony because of the pain. Moments before the delivery, Mercy had been moving. On our side of the womb, she never drew a breath, nor had one second of a heartbeat.
The doctor and nurse had her quickly wrapped in a blanket and placed upon Karie’s chest. We unfolded the blanket part by part to see her beautiful body. She truly is created in the image of God! She is beautiful with all her extra toes and fingers.
I gave Mercy a bath and then my four other children and Karie’s mom came by. It was such a sweet time of bonding where each child had time to say hello, and then good-bye to their sister. Karie’s mom held Mercy and just wept. She had prayed that she would get to hold baby Mercy.
I can not describe the pain, crying, and groaning that took place while Mercy was upon her Mom’s chest. This has truly been the hardest thing we have ever faced. I know more pain will follow; but at least we can begin the process of grieving the loss of Mercy and not anticipating her death.
Thank you each so much for your support and prayers. I will have more reflections to follow. For the time being, Karie is just enjoying laying next to her sweet, sweet Mercy.