Just last year Alannah went into labor at 25 weeks with their first baby girl, Ophelia Grace. She fought hard for 49 days.
Nearly 14 months later and her sister made her way into their arms. Miss Alessia Hope Pannell made her way earthside at 7:07am on April 22. She was 7lbs 4oz 20 inches long.
A perfect miracle and answered prayer.
This sweet girl came a day before she was suppose to. I have a special love for this family and was too excited to meet miss Emeri Grace.
Sweet lil Sam man wasted no time making his entrance into the world.
One minute Karlie texted me they broke her water and she was a 5... 5 minutes later she was ready to go! I have never had to grab shoes, run out the door, and speed to PRMC like I did that day. I made it just in time! Karlie made labor look easy and Sam was covered in kisses the minute he arrived <3
It's crazy how different everyones birth story is. Even siblings have a story of their own. This is the story of Kyler Steel. Born on his daddys birthday! Congrats Jackson family <3
Yes, you read that right...twins!
I was so excited to and honored to document this sweet families time at the hospital. This was my first set of twins <3. They were absolutely perfect. Big sister was a champ! She gave me a run for my money with her photog skills. Love the idea of having big brother or sister document the day with some disposables!
Oh, I was so very excited for this sweet boy to make his way into the world! I was super thankful to be there when the family got the news he was here and saw the first picture! Then, as soon as momma and baby were ready, big brother and sister got to meet their newest sibling. Pure love at first sight.
Little miss sure did give us every clue that she was coming early. Seems like things were progressing well until I got super sick one night. Possible food poisoning. Yea, it was terrible. SO we were set to induce June 21. I was induced with B but was in labor when I went in. So I was all for it. Plus, my doctor is super amazing and she wanted to make sure she was the one who would deliver. I definitely wanted her to be there.
So here we go. Up at 4 am. I had to call the hospital by 4:30 am to make sure they had room for me at 5 am.
Sure enough! They are not busy at all. We make our way to the hospital and wouldn't ya know... I'm in active labor. I had been hurting a little bit that morning and had a good feeling we were getting somewhere. We finally got all checked in and settled and things start rolling about 6 am. We jammed out to some praise and worship to help calm the nerves. Texted everyone how things were going. Tried to relax. Things were getting closer. My amazing Dr. came in and broke my water around 8 am. "Do you want to go ahead and get your epidural? You bet your Dr. Stethoscope I do! Things went fast with B. I had a feeling things would be faster with sister. BOY WAS I RIGHT. As soon as she broke my water the race was on. My epidural went perfectly. The only problem I had was my right side didn't want to numb up. That's ok I can deal with a semi-numb side. Nurse laid me back. Checked me out. Here we go! Lights come down, tools wheel in, Dr on the way.
Family stuck in floods. What are the odds?! They finally make it. Push. "Aww look at that hair. She does have a little bit of hair!" Push Push. "If you need to take a break for a minute you can." NO mam. Lets do this. Push Push Push. SHE"S HERE! "Great job momma! You made this look easy!"
At 9:01 am she was earthside. All 7lbs 10oz 20.5 inches of her.
Sister may have given me trouble during this pregnancy, but she redeemed herself in delivery. If all deliveries were like that I would probably have 15 kids.
Sister did have a little bit of a hard time staying warm. We finally got her skin to skin with a warmer over both of us. She snuggled right in and warmed right up.
Did I mention June 21 was Fathers day? Yea, Happy Fathers Day Husband. Best. Gift. Ever.
This sweet family! They waited a long time for this sweet baby girl to make her debut. Isn't she a doll!! She made momma work for it and finally came earth side via C-section weighing 8lbs 1.2oz. These were their last few hours at the hospital. Congrats Jackson family! Hope you are enjoying that lil ball of preciousness!
On Dec. 6th I had the privilege of finally meeting the "Legend." Little Mikeah Legend Swan has had one amazing journey. I was so excited to finally meet this handsome little man and capture some moments for his sweet mommy and family. Here is Legends story from his Facebook page The Journey of a "Legend" .
" During Taylor's fourth month of pregnancy she was told that Legend would be born with a birth defect known as gastroschisis. Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal wall. The baby’s intestines stick outside of the baby’s body, through a hole beside the belly button. Surgery is required following birth.
(Click the link below to go to the CDC website to learn more about gastroschisis).
From that point on, Taylor had to drive from Paris to Dallas weekly, to see several different specialist who would monitor both Taylor and Legend. As time passed Taylor's pregnancy seemed to become more and more difficult. Taylor ended up spending a little over a month (and up to the day of his birth) in the antepartum department of Medical City Dallas. They both had to be monitored day and night.
At 11:25am, Tueday November 4,2014, Mikeah "Legend" Swan was born 2.5 months early weighing 2lbs 6oz & was 15in long. Just hours after his birth Legend was taken straight to surgery. Not knowing what was in store or how many surgeries it would take to get everything back into his tiny little body, we prayed that God would have His hand in every single aspect from beginning to end. An hour later the surgerons came to inform us that the surgery was complete. It only took one surgery! They were amazed at how well he did before, during, and after his surgery. They said they had never seen a baby do that well during that kind of surgery.His heart rate never changed, his blood pressure never went up or down, his respirations never fluttered. They couldnt believe it. As time passed, God continued to keep His hand in every aspect, and Legend continued to amaze everyone. They said that after surgery he would be on a ventilator for atleast a week. WRONG. Try a day and a half! Just a day and a half after surgery Legend was extubated & taken off life support. With every passing day he amazed us all with his progress. Every day a different medication was stopped or a different line or tube was removed. Just a couple weeks into this world they were able to place a feeding tube & start feeding him. They said to expect a lot of training. over a period of many days, on how to suck before it would even be considered for him to take a pacifier or even a bottle. WRONG. Days later, as Taylor was holding him, we snuck a paci & put it in his mouth just to see what would happen. Little man went to town & was soon drinking from a bottle. He only took small amount (starting at 1ml) at a time from a bottle. They continued increasing his feedings through his feeding tube & also allowed him to have a small amout through a bottle once or twice a day. He continued progressing and amazing us all. He was gaining weight, becoming very active, and showing us all that in just a few short weeks he already had a very strong and special personality.
Just a few days after his one month birthday it became apparent that something was wrong.
On Sunday December 7, 2014 Legend was place back on the ventilator. His little tummy was so swollen that it was compressing his lungs & cutting off his air supply. The doctors ran all kinds of tests and found that he had an infection that had spread to his blood stream. They began antibiotics. The next afternoon they discovered that Legend's lower bowel was tangled and beginning to deteriorate. Monday afternoon (December 8) Legend received the second surgery in his short life. The surgerons had to remove 15cm of his intestines. In doing so they had to temporarily attach them to the outside of stomach, creating a stoma. Currently (December 9) is still in critical conditions and on the ventilator. Doctors told us that the 48 hours following surgery would determine the outcome. Well in the first 24, they have been able to turn down the vent a small bit, taken him off one of the medication that maintain his blood pressure for him, his vitals have began to stabilize, and he that personality is starting to show a little bit. He's had a problem with his heart rate being being too high and his blood pressure too low. When mommy (Taylor Howard) & daddy (Mike Swan) are talking or touching him, his vitals are the best and most even. He's begun moving a small amount again, mainly kicking his little feet, but moving. When the doctors come in, he clearly gets aggravated and his vitals go a little crazy.
He is slowly progressing but progress is progress, no matter how impatient we are. All the glory to God for the miracles He's continuously performing... for our miracle- Mikeah "Legend" Swan! "
Little Legend is most definitely a fighter. I look forward to the day when these guys can go home and enjoy one another. Right now they are still taking it day by day. Please continue to pray for Legend and his family. We love you guys!
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