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I am SO happy to know that she comes home and is fine. This is the very reason that I read the last chapter in a book first and why I fast-forward to the end of movies.

whew! Thanks for enabling my weirdness by sending the good news much earlier. Now, please go hug and kiss that baby.

Oh, sweet precious baby! We had our first ER visit when CR was 6 months old. 103 temp outta nowhere. I was at work, and made it from NoHo to the South Bay in about 15 minutes, and came home to a hot, very lethargic baby. It was the most frightening thing that I've ever been through (up to an including my own medically induced coma back in 2005).

You're obviously doing an AMAZING job as a mommy, and thank the moon and stars that you and your sweet Champ are home, healthy, and together!

It doesn't matter that I know the happy ending because I'm still totally freaked out and can see where her IV tissued in that photo. Your sentence about stealing from her the potential she was born with is the killer. Because I'm a nurse. And I've seen it. I'm SO glad you're past all this and thank god I know it or I couldn't sleep.

My son had surgery at 3 months and another one at 2.5 yrs. Both times were gutting for me. When he was 3 months the nurse had to rip him out of my arms to take him to surgery and he left screaming. The more recent surgery my husband took him into the operating theatre - I knew I couldn't handle it - and had to hold him down with the nurses as they sedated him.

Needless to say my kid is not a big fan of doctors or needles. He gets pretty cagey at the doctor's office or hospital.

I'm sure having your newborn fall sick just a day or so post-partum is a similarly gutting feeling. All those hormones and your fresh little one getting sick and stuck with a needle. :(

So glad you are writing this and we already know there is a happy ending.

Sick babies suck. I walked around numb for 10 days as our first son was in the special care nursery not eating and getting fed through an IV. Having our family doctor there to talk with us about what was going on was wonderful.

My biggest question - why didn't Dr. Fancy, or whoever was on call for the group, come into the hospital and see Champ and talk to you about what was going on?

before my children were born i read a quote somewhere that basically said a person does not really know fear until they become a parent.

I imagine it was nothing like the IV, but they had trouble getting the blood from my son's heel for his routine testing. Took several tries and much squeezing and bruising. That cry cuts to your core. Oddly enough, it was at that moment when I really felt like a Mom. When they finally finished they handed him - hot, sweaty and flailing - to me. I tucked him into my chest and spoke to him through my tears, and he burrowed right in and stopped crying. Still shuttering for breath and upset, but settling. As though he knew he was safe now. At that moment it really hit me - I am HIS Mom. Sometimes the awful moments have some beauty hidden inside.

Oh Sarah, I so feel for you and how scared and alone you must have felt at that time. That is when you just want to slap the person who says "Be Strong"!! Being a single mom is not the easiest, but the good moments far outweigh the bad and thank goodness that we do know that Champ came home healthy, so precious and loved more than she could even imagine. That picture is heart wrenching and I just want to hold her, but I know that you will never let her go... except for pictures and naps..:)Take care Mommy ♥

Sarah, I'm so sorry you had to go through this...I can completely relate. We were at about hour 25 of my daughter's life and she started twitching while swaddled which we first thought was hiccups. I remember the call from the nursery saying they were taking her to the NICU because she was having seizures. The next 4 days were sort of a blur of tests, IV's, electrodes on her head, and CT scans. The day they told us we could take her home was the best day ever. So happy that you and Violet are happy and healthy and in the best place...your own space.

How scary! One of the hardest parts of being a parent is knowing that your child is sick/injured/etc and that there is nothing you can do to help that won't cause more pain. Had that experience with Hot Rod (remind me to tell you about his first Christmas) and your heart breaks. So happy to know that she is better now and at home. Give her love from me. See you over the holidays when you come visit.

IVs on babies are so hard, and blow so easily (my own little girl was an expert in blowing hers.) And you know my personal history with newborns in hospitals, but that picture of Violet just makes my heart sink. :(

take your time on part four...we can wait. you have a new baby. and she is beautiful. and you are home with her. take your sweet time..

So sorry to hear this. My babies had to spend time in the NICU and the worse part (one of the worse) is watching them put a needle for blood test or IV drips/feeding. I think at one point, a newborn does "shut down" because they're tired/scared and don't know what's going on. The most encouraging thing I can say is that they are resilient in many ways too.

When you have time (someday..) you should read Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott, about single parenthood, which I found inspiring and true in many ways.

Best of luck to you and the Champ!

: )

Please post part four soon, I can't stand looking at little Champ all bandaged up.

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