Sharing an email we sent out to some close family and friends over the weekend.
Hello all you beautiful people,
It is with thankful hearts that we introduce you to our daughter, Felicity Sol Hickson.
Rob already loves to call her Félie and I think Fafa/ Fafita will continue to be a nickname as well - at least for a bit - we can’t help it.
Felicity is a nod to my maiden name, Félix and Sol means sunlight, which among many other sweet reasons to us, shares the same meaning as her big sister’s name, Lucille: Light.
I started my day on Saturday as I normally do, with the Non-Stress Test when they monitor the baby’s heart rate and my contractions (if any). During the last seconds of the tracing, Felicity’s heart rate had a big dip so I got moved to the Labor and Delivery floor as the doctors wanted to monitor me for a longer period of time and have me closer to the Operating Room. I was not having contractions but they were concerned with her heart as a deceleration like that could indicate that the scar was at risk of rupturing soon. Things improved quickly and I had an ultrasound that also looked good. After reviewing with the larger team of doctors though, they decided that they still wanted to keep me down on Labor and Delivery overnight. About 10 minutes after that decision, and a day filled with relatively no discomfort on my part, I started having intense sharp pains near the area where the scar was. Once that started happening, the doctors knew things were progressing and my risk of rupture was imminent, so they decided to make the call to deliver Felicity.
We’re very thankful that although it was a decision where things then started happening very quickly it was not an emergent situation. I was able to remain awake for the C-Section and there was even enough time for the doctors to wait just a little bit so that Rob could get Lucie and Bess to our friends to be taken care of and get to the hospital to be with me for the birth. Once they did the C-Section they confirmed that my uterus had indeed started to rupture, which was the pain I was feeling, so the decision to deliver was the right call for sure.
Thank you to each and every one of you for helping us move mountains to get Rob to the hospital and for surrounding us in prayer. We love you and can’t wait for you to meet Felicity. She was breathing on her own and crying at birth, which was the most precious sound. She got an 8 out of 9 on the Apgar Score and will be in the NICU for the next several weeks since she was born at 30 weeks and 1 day.
Felicity Sol Hickson
Born January 19, 2019 at 6:05pm
3lbs, 6 oz; 16 inches long
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
- Numbers 6:24-26 ESV
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
- Psalm 115:1 ESV
It’s surreal to know that I will be getting discharged tomorrow from the hospital after being here for 39 days. We’re praying that Felicity will grow and thrive each day so she can be home with us soon too. Also just wanted to share a few more pictures of the last few weeks that I didn’t have up in the last post from a few weeks ago as well.
... now we just need to think of a hashtag for Felicity. =)