18 February 2013

M Is For A Tiny Miracle

I was driving home on I-20 West from Shreveport to Southlake.

Mother Nature was bringing in some long needed rain,

a heavy down pour with intermittent banks of rolling fog.  I was

just thankful that traffic was much lighter than usual- since my 

thoughts really were not on driving. 

The previous weeks events were chiseled in my mind.  I do 

believe that I had experienced  shattering fear and pure joy in a  

12 hour period.

My daughter Rebecca (22) who looks like she is 12!!  And her 

husband Josh (25) were expecting their first baby!!  Molly.

(you remember the wreath which I made for Molly in a previous 

post.)  Well, Rebecca was being induced and Josh and I were to

be her caring coaches.

We had all discussed and written down Rebecca's birth plan, I

was in charge of recording the birth events for the family.  

Rebecca settled pleasantly into her birthing bed, Josh gave his

love and support to Rebecca.  Then the nurse came in and began

the induction process...

I have given birth to 4 children, none that were inductions.  This 

was foreign territory to me, and I did not like what they were 

doing to my daughter!  Misoprostol was given to ripen Rebecca's  

cervix, followed by Pitocin.  Then an epidural.  Need I say more?

The nurses were unable to regulate the Pitocin so Rebecca's con-

tractions became way too strong, too fast and Molly went into 


As you can imagine this is a Mother's/Grammy's nightmare.  

There was not a thing that I could do-totally helpless to make

things better for my daughter, her husband or for Molly.  

More nurses entered the room followed by Rebecca's Obgyn.

The Obgyn's only remark when she looked at the monitor was 

we are going to do an emergency C-Section now!

I told my Rebecca that I loved her and that everything was going

to be alright.  Nurses were scurrying about as fast as they could,

discussing events in hushed undertones-there was a whirlwind of 

activity, Rebecca was wheeled away in the blink of an eye.

A yellow Sterile gown, cap, and mask were brought in for Josh, 

he slipped his arms in the gown and I tied the back. He walked

down the long hall to the OR.   In a matter of minutes this room 

 which was suppose to breathe in life and joy became way too 

quiet and somber.  This is where a Mother's mind can go in

all directions-places that I didn't want it to go. I was silently

screaming inside-would my daughter be alright, would her

unborn child be safe.  Would our cracked world be put back

together again.  I prayed for Rebecca's safety and for 

precious little Molly. I asked God to fill my mind with the 

image of a healthy Rebecca and Molly.

-Time passed too s-l-o-w-l-y...

And then, footsteps of a new Father..

 The cry of a baby...

Our baby...

Our Molly Emma Wheeler...

Born Monday February 11th 2013 at 11:43 a.m.

All 6 pounds and 18 1/2 inches of a pure miracle!

Welcome to our World Molly we love you!

Rebecca and Molly stayed in the hospital 4 days, I stayed with them during the day and helped Josh get them all safely home.  I am happy to report that they are both doing beautifully!  This Mother's heart is overflowing tonight!

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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.


  1. Dear Jemma, a very cute baby is your granddaughter. I'm happy with you and wish all the best.
    Have a nice day. Regards.. Dorothea

  2. Oh Jemma I am so happy for you and your family! New babies are such a blessing. My daughter had a natural birth and I am so proud of how brave she was also. Molly is beautiful and a blessing from God...wishing you all the Joy a new baby brings.
    hugs, Linda

  3. What a blessing and a joy! So precious!
    ~ Lili@creativesavv

  4. Oh how wonderful! Babies are a blessing for the whole family! What a joyful time! I'm so happy for you! Sweet hugs!

  5. Can't thank-you enough for all of your help!! It meant so much to me to have you there! Molly and I love you SO much Grammy!!! XOXOXOXOXO (:

  6. Oh my goodness I didn't know about all of this. Of course your daughter you want safe - and that baby is absolutely precious. Congrats.

  7. Oh!! Boy, You had me tearing up on my coffee! What a precious baby girl. Congratulations! When I was having my first baby in France, I begged the staff to allow my mother in the room with my husband. They only allowed you to pick one person...it's not a show after all they said to me. But, when things got intense and scary with forceps, oxygen, and that hushed whispering you talked about, I saw my mom slip out the door. After all my begging and nagging with the staff! But, she said she just couldn't see me like that. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I can just imagine. Molly is precious and I LOVE that sweet name!

  8. Congratulations Jemma -- but what a scary ordeal for all involved. I'm so happy that you have a healthy, beautiful granddaughter. xo


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