In on May 22nd 2011, the sweetest, most handsome, adorable baby boy made his way to the world! My nephew, Brenden:) He wasn’t supposed to be here till June 2 ( I think) BUT the little stinker decided to break my sister’s water at broke my sister’s water 2 weeks prior to May 22nd! Amber was sent to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where she stayed for 2 weeks! Because we all live an hour away from Omaha, I ended up staying with Amber a lot, so that her Husband could go back home to work. It was great because Amber and I had not connected in a long time, so to have two weeks to do so, and to bond over the baby was awesome! The Hospital was able to stop Brenden from coming, because it just wasn’t safe at 32 weeks, BUT they did expect him to have to go to the NICU because he was a premi. I didn’t envy Amber at all, she wasn’t allowed to leave her room. It was a little ridiculous if I may say. She wasn’t having contractions, they stopped him from coming, nothing was happening, but she wasn’t allowed to leave the room? FINALLY after being in “Room arrest” and about 3 days before Brenden was born, a doctor came in to look her over to make sure every thing was fine, and we couldn’t help but ask just one more time. We asked him if we could at least take her to the cafeteria. His response was AWESOME! He said we could get her out of the room, even allow us to take her out side and soak up some sun! He didn’t agree with the fact that she had been stuck in the room for 2 weeks.
May 22 in the early morning they Induced Amber. I was SO pumped because I was going to meet my little nephew! IN fact, I had a shirt made that says ” Wicked Awesome Aunt” Amber was in “Labor for many hours, actually too long, and she was only dilated at 4cm. Finally it was decision time. Amber wanted to have a natural birth, but the doctors wanted a C-section, She just wasn’t progressing enough. I felt bad for Amber, I knew this was the one thing she wanted to have, a natural birth. The Doctors really didn’t give her a choice however.
At 7:27 p.m I became an auntie officially:) because he was a premi, we didn’t get to see him right away, but I got a glimpse of him as they pulled him by in the incubator. let me tell ya, ALL OF THAT HAIR!! oh my goodness, and right then and there my breath was taken away, for a slight moment as I saw him. they took him straight to NICU, and I SO wanted to go, but Amber first, Kellyn ( brother-in-law) was with Brenden. We visited Amber, then when she was able to go, we all went down, And I couldn’t believe how beautiful he was! Even with tubs all around him!
After he was in there for a few days, then got moved to a crib. He was doing amazingly well for a premi. After the first night they were able to take off his breathing tube in his nose. Then Amber and Kellyn were finally able to hold him, then everyone else was too! As for me? It TOOK me FOREVER to hold him! I always missed holding times! It was ridiculous! I had to go back home, because I had to work, my mom and siblings stayed in Omaha with Amber. I went to work, but couldn’t get out fast enough! I was determined to hold my nephew, one way or another! SO at 10:00 at night I drove back up to Omaha, and went to Amber’s room. She then went with me to the NICU to see the little guy. And for the first time since he had been born, it was just Amber, myself, and Brenden. And for the first time that night, I got to hold the most precious gift God could give.
Auntie holding nephew for the first time
Yup, I was pretty smitten! That little boy has stolen my heart! It’s amazing. Brenden is now 7 months old! Amber sent me a text yesterday saying “BRENDEN’S A CRAWLER!” Man where has the time gone? seems like yesterday I was just snuggling him, and now he is crawling, eating baby food, trying to take the bottle out of my hands, etc. He has the most beautiful Blue eyes! Well as of right now:) Hard to believe he will be a year old soon! I am one proud Auntie! I love walking in to a room, and seeing him smile at me. I love playing with him and hearing his laugh or screech. haha! He certainly makes me want to be an auntie that’s involved in his life. Not one that he hears from occasionally, a card for his birthday, or Christmas. I want to be that aunt he calls when he excited about something, or that aunt that he actually wants to visit, and Amber doesn’t have to make him come see me haha.
I truly feel blessed, and honored that God has allowed me to be part of this little guy’s life. and that Amber, allows me to:) I believe God has used Brenden to restore our family, to bring Amber and myself closer again. I believe Babies are one of God’s greatest Creation, which just helps make my belief in him stronger! Thank you Lord, for my sweet nephew:) I just love him!!:D
December-7 month's old!