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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

28 Weeks 3 Days

WE ARE STILL PREGNANT!!!! Despite the constant agony and stress of our current situation, we are so happy to have gained more time for these little ones. We had an ultrasound on Monday and things are about the same. Ben did show reverse flow of the umbilical artery again which we were not happy about. As we mentioned before, this means something is happening with his environment, whether it be the placenta or the cord is yet to be determined. The good news is he continues to be active and is maintaining normal amniotic fluid levels. He is showing no signs of being stressed. My doctor told me today that we should just take one hour at a time.

Today marks two weeks in the hospital. We have made friends with the staff and have moved a lot of stuff into our “apartment.” We are trying to make this situation as tolerable as possible. To be honest, there is nothing easy about this but we understand this time in the hospital is a valuable investment. Mentally, we are both drained. We feel like we are just going through the motions. Every night before we fall asleep we thank God for giving us another day.

As we close for the night, I wanted to share this beautiful poem that my friend John passed along to us. When his girls were in the NICU one of the nurses gave him this poem. It is very sweet! Thank you John!!

A Child’s Angel

Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born. So one day he asked God:

They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?

Among the many angels, I chose one for you. Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.

But tell me, here in heaven, I don’t do anything else but sing and smile, that’s enough for me to be happy.

Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you every day. And you will feel your angels love and be happy.

And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me, if I don’t know the language that people talk?

Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.

And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?

Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.

I’ve heard that on earth there are bad people. Who will protect me?

Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.

But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.

Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way for you to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.

At that moment there was much peace in heaven, but voices from earth could already be heard, and the child in a hurry asked softly:
Oh God if I am about to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.

Your angels name is of no importance. You will call your angel:


Samantha said...

That prayer made me cry!! That was so sweet. Being a mom, having a child is the greatest gift God can give you!! I continue to pray for you guys and I am so glad to hear you are still pregnant. Hold those babies as long as you can! Cause before you know it they will be going off the college(-:
Take care and keep us updated!

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how happy I am for you guys! I've continued to read your updates and although, the boys' progress has been amazing, I do worry about you and Kevin as well. I just wish there was something I could do! Keep your strength for those boys as it is obvious that that's what's kept them going! Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers - Nicole

Anonymous said...

Well, little mommy, think how special it will be to be the angel for two little ones instead of just one!
Love, Kandace

Kelly said...

That is beautiful Danielle! Even more beautiful is that you will have two little ones calling you mommy. :) I could not imagine bed rest in a hospital...my hope for you is that you find comfort in an uncomfortable situation, and everyone's love even when you are alone, or being poked and prodded by the hospital staff. Still praying...

Rhonda said...

Good to see you and the boys are hanging in there. Best wishes. The Finbergs

Kara said...

I love the poem. It too made me cry. I am so happy that you and the boys are hanging in there.

I know bed rest is tough, but I am sure it doesn't compare to hospital bed rest. Your strength is so wonderful!!!

Christine said...


I found this poem just for you~~


A meeting convened one day
in Heavens sacred hall.
The Ideal mother must be found
for twins so sweet and small.

She must be patient, first of all,
And kind and calm and wise.
And capable of chasing tears
away from little eyes.

She'd have to put her children first
And be so very smart
Have dedication and resolve,
A sweet and loving heart.

They all agreed you were the best
No other mom would do.
Yes, Heaven found the perfect one
And sent those twins to you!

It is sooo true......I love you my sweet cousin.....
xoxo Christine

Kim Taylor said...

Kevin and Danielle,

Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and your little miracles! What a happy ending to such a long journey :o) I cried as I read your story; you are all (4 of you!!) so strong. I will continue to remember you in my prayers.. Take care, and remember to cherish every moment!