Monday, August 31, 2009

An announcement

Well, if you haven't heard by now, which I'm sure most of you haven't, we have an announcement in our family. She came a little over 3 months early.
Meet Sharon Wilhelm.
Born: August 30th, 2009 at 3:33 AM
Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz.
Length: 13 1/2 inches I started having contractions on Saturday night. Once I figured out what I was feeling, we called the after hours number at my doctor's office & he recommended I go to the hospital to get checked out. They got me settled & the nurse checked my cervix. I was already dilated 8 cm.
They immediately transferred me to a labor & delivery room & called the doctor, who just happened to be LDS. A couple hours later I was dilated to a 10 & they broke my water. She was born early Sunday morning & was immediately taken to be put on a breathing machine. Then she was air evacuated to Maricopa Medical in Phoenix. I was discharged at about 7:00 AM Sunday morning (yes, insanely quickly!). We got a couple hours sleep, then packed and headed to Phoenix. We got to the hospital at about 4:00 where we saw our little girl all hooked up to all kinds of machines. She is very stable & doing well! She kicks a lot & her color is good. She tries to breathe on her own a lot, though she does get tired & is always hooked up to the ventilator & oxygen. She is doing well, & we are so thankful for all the prayers that have been offered in our behalf.
I took this picture today. Her color is good & her head is more normally shaped now. She did have some bruising on her head from delivery, but it is getting better. She is a very active baby & likes to kick & wave her arms. She is such a sweet little thing, & full of spice!
Here is a picture of me with her footprint card. Yes, they are tiny, I know!
I am doing great, actually feeling a whole lot better than I have been for the last 2 weeks. All the soreness is gone, & I really am feeling great! If you have any questions feel free to ask. We certainly don't have all the answers & are certainly relying on the Lord. We know that all things are in His hands. We hope & pray that we will get to keep our little Shari in this life, but know that if He has other plans we will see her again in the next life.
Welcome to our hearts Sharon!



23 comments:

Hazel said...

Perfect! She is perfect.

Natalie said...

Holy cow you guys! Wasn't Scott just golfing with Ammon Saturday morning? We are praying for you and hope everything turns out well! Love you guys--call if you need ANYTHING!

Chelle said...

Oh my gosh! Sharon is beautiful! Congratulations, How are you guys hanging in there? I hope all stays well for you guys.

Morgan said...

Just left you a message (and text...i am THAT stalker person right now!) Can't believe that she is here! I am sure you have a lot of people that are dying to hear from you, but when you get a chance, please call me!!! We are heading down to Phoenix this weekend and would love to bring you anything that you need!

We love you guys and are praying for you all. Let us know what we can do!

Welcome Sharon!!! Can't wait to meet you!

Chelle said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations on your family, Best wishes to you guys! I hope all goes well.

Novak Nonsense said...

Wow! Congratulations guys! She's so beautiful. We will be praying for your lil angle too and i'm glad to see you're doing so well. Can't wait to meet her!

The Wellman's said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations on your sweet little girl. We will be praying everything is ok with her, Glad you are feeling good.

Janet and Nate said...

Caitlin! What a sweet and precious little girl you have there. You are in our thoughts and prayers!!
Love YA!!

Tatum said...

Congrats! She looks so content!
I would love to be in that comfy pink thing with soft stuff all around me :) You seem in really good spirits and faithful. She sounds healthy and happy born to two deserving and sweet parents. Please keep us updated and know that we are praying for her and your family!

PS. LOVE the footprints, so small and sweet!

Amanda said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I certainly hope she continues to do well and will stay tuned for details. What a surprise, she's in our prayers. Man, did you even get to wear maternity clothes?? Just kidding...good luck.

Randi said...

You are such a strong and amazing couple Caitlin and Ammon! Sharon is beautiful! We will keep praying for her. We appreciate your strong testimonies always and we love you! Hang in there. Glad to hear you're feeling so good.

grammatracy said...

Congratulations on your sweet little angel from Heaven. What an incredible experience. Our prayers are with you as you continue on in this journey with your baby girl. Hang in there. The Heid Family

Angela said...

Congratulations!
I love the name Sharon, there’s actually a town nearby called Sharon and it is a lovely place.
Hope you are well and healing nicely. We’ll be thinking of you, Ammon and your little one.

wilhelmway said...

You are so strong!... What a sweet little girl. Call if you need anything. We love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the picture. She looks great. We do know that the Lord is center of all things. And we welcome little Sharon into our family, and love her very much. Our Prayers and love go out to you guys and are very thankful that you all are a part of our family. We all know this is our own special little miracle.
Love you Mom W.

Lorie said...

Caitlin,

I am glad she is okay and will be praying that she continues to grow and develop and get strong.

I hope you have family close by, but if you don't and you need anything, I am only a short drive away from Maricopa Medical.

Amy Sprinkle said...

Those things just kind of happen. I am glad that she is kicking a lot. She was just so excited to see you she had to come early. I hope you are feeling good too. I'll keep your family in my thoughts!

stacey said...

You don't know me, but we have a mutual friend, Morgan Whipple. (And I know Paul Wellman. We grew up together. Small Mormon world.) My daughter was born at 30 weeks and was 2 lbs 12 oz. She was in the hospital for 54 days. I know what you're going through. You have the right attitude to turn to the Lord. I know for a fact I never could have gotten through that time without that comfort. The power of prayer during that time was such a tangible thing for me. Your family is in my family's prayers. Just take it one day at a time. She will have good days and bad days and so will you. Those little babies are much stronger than they look.

Reggi said...

Caitlin and Ammon, I am a friend of Breanne's and Chester's and my daughter and I have been praying for baby Sharon. Today, I had extra prayers requested by my entire church for her. I of course will keep the two of you in my prayers as well. Can't wait till you get to hold your little bundle of joy and take her home!

Diana said...

Prayers and best wishes to you and your family. Shari is beautiful!! She has such long fingers. A future piano player!! :) It's such a comfort to have the Gospel in our lives when trials come our way. I know that Heavenly Father is watching over her day and night. Good luck and best wishes in the days to come!!
Love, Diana Haws

Ann said...

She's so sweet (and tiny!). If she's half Wylie, she'll be a fighter and do just fine. Mark weighed just about that same (about 2 lbs) when he was born, and he's fine (I didn't say normal!! LOL!) and that was 56 years ago....medicine has come a LONG way since then. You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

Holen said...

You guys are in our prayers. Little Shari is so sweet. Let us know if you need anything.

Peggy Jo said...

Congratulation you two or I guess its three now:) She looks great! Love you both