Welcome to the world sweet Tatum

January 17, 2018  •  5 Comments

This sweet bundle entered our world 3 weeks before her expected arrival date.  Proving that she and her family are stronger and more brave than they thought they ever could be.  

Nothing prepares a mama for the great waves of sadness that come over her as she realizes the inevitable separation that is about to take place in order for her newborn to be cared for in the best possible way. Heart and mind in constant struggle. Wanting to be your babies "everything" but quickly seeing, rather than home, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is where your newborn needs be.

Nine excruciating nights Matt and Alli would listen to the faint but constant, reassuring sounds of the monitors connected to Tatum. After they checked and rechecked to make sure each monitor connection point was secure but not too tight, they would swaddle her in the "burrito wrap" all NICU parents are taught upon check-in.  Lastly, whispering prayers for safety and health until their return, kissed her goodnight and began their long drive home. 

Leaving her in the trained hands of the beloved NICU night nurses.

Every mile of the trip home felt like one hundred.  Each one taking them further and further away from the side of their newborn baby. 

Yet, at the end of their road home, they had their first born bundle of joy eagerly awaiting her parents return. Making their Homecoming a little more comforting.  

Oh sweet Mattie.  You are a delight!

Big Sister didn't get to enjoy the perks of baby snuggles until Tatum was finally given the "ok" to come home.  And Mattie hasn't skipped a beat in fully embracing her new roll.

Now if feels like this is the way its always been.  Their time spent in the NICU, a memory that feels more like a dream.  So thankful for the wisdom of their doctors and nurses, so they can make all the memories they planned on making as a family of four.

And with these two at the helm, they are sure to make some pretty fun memories together! 

 

 


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Sandy Stone(non-registered)
And she knocks it out of the park AGAIN!!!!
Amanda(non-registered)
The pictures are amazing, but Amy's words made them so much more! Just wow!
Jennifer(non-registered)
Absolutely beautiful!
Teri Sue Reed(non-registered)
You have the gift of storytelling through your words and pictures. What a blessing!! Thank you Amy for these beautiful memories
Connie Reed(non-registered)
A beautiful family and Amy captured their story perfectly.
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