Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Eleni's Birth

Friends,

As many of you have likely guessed, miss Eleni did make her appearance this weekend.  However, things did not go at all as planned.  Due to the excellent care of my midwife and my own intuition, we went in for a non-stress test on Friday night to check on Eleni.  The results were not reassuring, so I was induced in the hospital and gave birth at 9:25 am on Saturday morning.  The delivery took everyone by surprise as I was just about to be prepped for a medically necessary cesarean due to concerns with baby's heart rate. 

Eleni was born 5 lbs, 11 oz, slightly on the small side for my babies and her 39 week + gestation.  From birth she needed assistance with breathing.  Although the cord blood was well oxygenated, she was suffering from oxygen deprivation, cause unknown.  I was able to touch her for the first time many hours after her birth, just before she was transferred to another hospital with a wonderful NICU.  Fortunately that hospital is nearby, so we are visiting her daily.  Eleni has remained neurologically unresponsive since birth, though she is breathing with minimal assistance now and her other organs are doing mostly well.  Obviously the situation is very grave.  We have not been able to do much testing due to a treatment currently in progress.  The coming days and weeks will hold... I don't know what.  It is emotionally overwhelming, physically taxing and beyond comprehension.  One small bright spot is that I am healing well physically from her birth.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing an interview series I prepared in advance for my postnatal recovery.  I hope you will enjoy it!  Some great quilt blogging friends invested their time and thoughts to share with us.  The questions are a bit different for each guest.  I may also pop in with a post if and when the moment is right.  Sometimes doing normal things actually helps one cope with tragedy. 

I thank you in advance for all your love, prayers and support.  I know you all well enough to know that you would give me a hug or help out in some way if you could.  Know that I do appreciate your comments here, but I will not be responding to them individually.  I also don't know when I'll be comfortable giving an update on Eleni's condition.  Though if we had some really good news, I'm sure I'd jump to share.

in hope,

Rachel


397 comments:

  1. Praying that her condition improves. Hugs.

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  2. oh Rachel, my heart breaks for you and your family. Sending you lots of hugs and keeping you all in my prayers.

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  3. Sending love, light and prayers. I hope that you will be able to feel the waves of support from your village on the 'net.

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  4. May God wrap you and your family in his loving arms. We know he can and will heal all.

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  5. We will keep you and Eleni in our prayers.

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  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  7. Our prayers are with you, your family, and your little Eleni!

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  8. Rachel, you have my prayers. I do believe in the power of prayer and I truly hope things improve for you all. Hang in there.

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  9. Prayers to you and and your family!

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  10. Oh Rachel. I am so sorry to hear about the complications with Eleni and will keep you and your family and little Eleni in my prayers. Know that there is a lot of love being sent your way. xo

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  11. Stay strong and brave, my prayers are with your family <3

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  12. Prayers going out for you and your family.

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  13. Prayers for you and your family and precious baby Eleni. xoxoxo

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  14. My goodness Rachel, the fact that you've had the courage to share your news, tells me you have the strength to get through this. I really am sending you all my love and prayers, my friend, take care of yourself and your little family Clare xxxxx

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  15. Sending positive thoughts and prayers.

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  16. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, Rachel.

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  17. Eleni and your family are in my prayers!

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  18. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.

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  19. Sending prayers to you and your sweet family and precious Eleni from the end if the dirt road.

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  20. Sending prayers to you and your sweet family and precious Eleni from the end if the dirt road.

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  21. Rachel, I don't know you, but as my blogger-friend you have a place in my life and in my heart.
    I hope and pray that your little girl will be safe and sound soon.
    Love and hugs from Belgium, Europe

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  22. Prayers for you and your family and prayers for good news

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  23. oh Rachel, so many many prayers coming your way

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  25. Sending love and prayers to you and your family, Rachel.

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  26. All the best to you Rachel and wee Eleni. We hope include you in our prayers.

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  27. Prayers for you, your family and Eleni.

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  28. oh, dear mama, praying now for you, eleni and your whole family. may god wrap his arms around each of you and hold you close.

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  29. Sending you faith, hope and strength for these coming difficult weeks.

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  30. Sending you hugs and love and positive thoughts in the weeks ahead Rachel

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  31. Sending love and hugs to you and your family.

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  32. Stay strong. The prayers of many people will help. I'm sure of it!

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  33. You and Eleni and your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  34. I can't find the words....
    tears , prayers.....
    in hope

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  35. How heartbreaking - I pray she pulls thru this to lead a long and happy life.

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  36. Keeping you, your family and little Eleni in my thoughts and prayers.

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  37. I'm so sad for you Eleni and your family. My loving thoughts are with you. I hope she makes it through this very tough start. Fiona

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  38. Oh Rachel, I'm so sorry this is happening. I'll be thinking of you and Eleni. Please let there be good news.

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  39. Many hugs, thoughts and prayers going out to baby Eleni, and to you and your family.

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  40. Many hugs, thoughts and prayers going out to baby Eleni, and to you and your family.

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  41. May the Lord keep Eleni in the palm of His hand. May you and your family find the strength to carry you through this challenging time.

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  42. Praying for your sweet Eleni, & for you, dear mama.

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  43. Rachel, I am so sorry to hear this. Sending you love and hugs.

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  44. Praying for you and your family. I hope that by sharing this update on your blog you will receive comfort knowing how many people have followed your story and are offering their support and love from the world of blogland. Your words and photos have been an inspiration to me for a long time and I hope this quilting/sewing/creative world can bring you support as well.

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  45. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  46. Rachel, knowing from what you have shared with us about how much of a blessing this dear baby is, I can only guess at your heartbreak for having things not go at all as planned. Keeping you, your family, and your dear little one in my prayers and wishing for a speedy recovery for all of you.

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  47. Sending you and your family so much love, strength and hope. While you do everything you can for Eleni in the coming days and weeks, I hope you, your husband and children are also able to take care of each other.

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  48. My heart aches for you and your family right now. Please know that I am and will continue to pray for Eleni and your family. Words just don't do my feelings justice....just know you are loved and prayed for.

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  49. Healing thoughts and love flowing your way.

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  50. Oh Rachel. I am so sorry to hear that. I will keep you, Eleni and the rest of your family in my thoughts !!

    Hugs xxxx

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  51. Praying for all of you, Rachel.

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  52. Sending lots of love, prayers, and positive thoughts your way.

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  53. Oh Rachel, you, Brandon, Eleni, Liam, and Aria are in my thoughts and prayers. You are such a strong and brave mother. Eleni is a tough cookie just like you. I hope she recovers soon!

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  54. Oh Rachel, my heart is breaking. We'll be sending lots of love and prayers your way. May The Lord bless your family.

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  55. Rachel, You, Eleni and all of your family are in my prayers.

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  56. Rachel, I am so sorry to hear this news. I wish I had something meaningful to say but know that a lot of people are thinking of Eleni and her family.

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  57. Hugs and prayers for you and your family!

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  58. My heart goes out to you. I often think, when I read your blog, what a strong and brave woman you are. I wish you, Eleni, and your family all the strength and courage you need at this difficult time.

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  59. I will be thinking of you and Eleni!

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  60. Praying for you, Eleni, and the whole family, that God will provide healing and peace.

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  61. Oh, Rachel, this is not at all the news I had hoped to read! Praying for you and your sweet baby, for healing and for strength. Wishing I could give you a hug.

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  62. I'm so sorry. Eleni and the whole family are in my thoughts.

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  63. Sending prayers to you and yours. Blessings to your sweet Eleni.

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  64. oh I am heartsick. Praying for all of you...

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  65. Holding that tiny babe very dearly in my heart and praying for strength for the entire family. Sending a mother's love to you, Rachel

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  66. Oh Rachel. My hugs and prayers.

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  67. Oh Rachel! Praying peace and comfort for your whole family and miraculous healing for your precious Eleni.
    Hugs, Tracy

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  68. Please know my thought and prayers are with you and your family and your most precious Elani. May the good Lord bless you with all you are most in need of!
    ~Karen

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  69. Oh, Rachel. You, your precious Eleni, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  70. So very sorry to hear this Rachel! I will be praying for you, for your strength and for healing for Eleni...

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  71. Prayers and hope coming your way!

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  72. I'm so sorry to hear about what's been happening, and cannot begin to imagine what it's like for you and your family. I will pray. Virtual {{{HUGS}}}

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  73. Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts and hugs to you and your family.

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  74. Rachel. My heart is so sad for you guys. I'm really sorry that you are going through this. Prayers for you today!

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  75. I am so sorry to hear this, Rachel. Thinking of you and your family and hoping for the best for Eleni.

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  76. Thinking of Eleni and your family and sending hugs to you. Take care!

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  77. Lots of tears and a sad heart as I read this. Prayers are going up for you and your family, friend.

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  78. I am so sad to hear this. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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  79. My heart is breaking for you as I read this blog post through tears. I will keep praying for you that all will turn out well for Eleni - hang in there Rachel, God has a plan and loves us - even if the way that plan unveils hurts sometimes.

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  80. I will be praying for your entire family. God is in control and He will be there for you and Eleni.

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  81. Many virtual hugs & prayers!

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  82. Oh Rachel, so sorry to hear this! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  83. Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this, Rachel. Your little Eleni and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  84. Oh dear Rachel and Hubby. I am so sorry to hear things are not going well. My prayers have gone out to you and your family.

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  85. Praying for God's peace to fill you and His healing hand to rest on your sweet little one.

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  86. I am hoping and praying with you.
    love, Kat

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  87. Rachel my heart breaks for you. I stopped everything I was doing to pray - and I will continue to pray. I am so sorry.

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  88. "In hope" was the best and most beautiful way to end this news - we are all there in hope with you.

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  89. I too hope that by sharing this you can feel all our well wishes pouring to your sweet family. So glad you are recovering well mama. And I wish for you to be cuddling your sweet little one as much as you like very soon.

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  90. Praying for God's healing presence amongst all your family. Sending you a extra dose of faith, hope and love

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  91. Oh Rachel my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. PLEASE do not worry about posting stuff for us quilting folks. We will be here when you are ready.

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  92. Oh you poor thing. Sending you and your family lots of love and hope that this is a temporary set back for your dear little love

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  93. I'm so sorry. Sending my love and best wishes.

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  94. Thinking about you and your family.

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  95. I am so sorry to hear this Rachel. Sending positive vibes and hopeful thoughts from this side of the world

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  96. So sad to read this for you and your family- sending prayers and hugs!

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  97. I'm so sorry to hear about this Rachel. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  98. My heart breaks for you and your family, and you can be sure I'll lift you all up in prayer in the days ahead. "You keep track of all my sorrows, You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." Psalm 56:8

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  99. I am heartbroken for you and your family. I'm praying for you all and a full recovery. Everything is possible through Christ who strengthens us.

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  100. Wishing you and your whole family healing thoughts. Celebrate every moment with baby Eleni.

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  101. Prayers for strength and healing for your whole family. Keep fighting, little one.

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  102. So saddened by your news but keep hopeful and strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  103. Mt thoughts are with you, baby Eleni and the rest of your family!!!

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  104. Praying for you and your family.

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  105. Big hugs to you and your sweet family. I will be thinking of you.

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  106. Big hugs and you and Eleni are in our thoughts. Hoping for the best.

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  107. You'll both be in my prayers!

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  108. I always read your blog so this is my time to write you some words. Giving my best wishes for your Eleni and your family. And a bit of strenght when you feel you need it. Hughs from Spain

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  109. Praying for you and your family!

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  110. Eleni is such a lucky little girl to have a mother who yearned for her and loved her before she was conceived and through the pregnancy and now. I will pray for you and your family and hope that this special time still has a ray of sun through the dark clouds. Much peace to you...

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  111. Hugs and concern for you and your family. I know there are no words that can make everything all better, but I send you all the positive energy possible.

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  112. My heart is breaking for you Rachel. Desperately hoping for some wonderful news for you and your family xxxx

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  113. Oh Rachel. I hope all of this positive energy helps heal Eleni swifly. You are in our thoughts daily

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  114. Oh, Rachel. Holding you and sweet Eleni in my prayers.

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  115. Prayers for you and your family.

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  116. I'm so sorry, may you have peace and comfort in your lives, thoughts and prayers your way.

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  117. Prayers that she improves. Life is full of mysteries and you have no way of knowing now how things will unfold. Be strong!

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  118. Rachel, my heart goes out to you and your family. Sending my thoughts to Eleni and hoping for the best.

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  119. I'm sending love and prayers to you, baby Eleni, and your hubby and big kids as well.

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  120. Hope, hugs and prayers for the whole family

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  121. So much love from all over the world. I send a prayer for you and your family. May you be blessed with Deep Peace and Stillness....Courage, Strength and Love.....Angels are standing by....I just know they are.

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  122. Oh Rachel. Prayers, hugs, and more prayers for little Eleni, you, and your family.

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  123. Hi Rachel, I don't comment tons but have been following you for many years. I have recently been following you avidly and have shared your great posts. I will be praying for you and yours. My heart goes out to you. Please stay strong.

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  124. Dear Rachel, I am so very sorry to read this. My heart hurts for you. I will be praying.

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  125. Rachel, I am so sorry. I like the above poster have read you for years but don't comment. I had to now. I'll be praying for Eleni and you. I don't know if it would help but they have support sites on the web for parents of children born oxygen-deprived, many whose children improved despite the odds. I don't "know" you in real life, yet I'm devastated for you. I don't know what else to say but that your family is on my heart. Hugs,
    Noelle

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  126. My heart aches for you! I've been where you are twice, the first time with a child who had a stroke in utero with seizures as a result. The other with a child who had pulmonary hypertension. It's a scary place to be, I know! But the Lord is with you. You know He is and He holds the future in His hands. Remember Hebrews 13:5 and hold on to it!

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  127. Rachel, I am so sorry to read this hard news. Your family will be in my thoughts.

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  128. Praying for you and your precious little one.

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  129. I will be praying for you and your family Rachel. Hope things improve for you and fit little Eleni.

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  130. My heart aches for you. Healing thoughts for Eleni and the whole family.

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  131. With you in hope, and in fervent prayers xo

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  132. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers. I have been in your shoes. It's not a club you ever want to be a member of, but know that you are not alone. No matter what Eleni's future holds, try and take comfort that God will have a hand in it. I'm available to talk if you ever need it. Xoxoxo Kelly (kelbysews)

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  133. All the best to the little lady and a happy welcome on earth! I wish you and your family all tge best, too, and the power to support Eleni.
    Greetings from Germany, Rike

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  134. Prayers for you, Eleni and your family.

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  135. Oh Rachel. Your love for this baby has been apparent long before you even got pregnant. All the love hope and prayers from Portland. ~ Katie

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  136. We are all here, present and ready for anything you and your family need. Much love to little Eleni xxx

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  137. praying for you and your family xxx

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  138. Dear Rachel,
    Many prayers and kind thoughts to you and your family. I can't imagine how hard things are for you right now. My second child was born not breathing, but after a bit of oxygen began breathing on his own. I can only try to understand how you are feeling during a most stressful/emotionally exhausting time.
    Many quilty huggs,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

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  139. Rachel, we may be strangers, but I'm sending you prayers love and hugs. I'll be thinking about you and your precious girl in the days and weeks ahead.

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  140. God bless you and your family. I am praying for you. XO

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  141. Sending you hopeful thoughts, Rachel. Take comfort in the love of your family.

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  142. Rachel, I don't know what to say...please know I'm praying your Eleni's health, your strength and comfort and Eleni's doctors wisdom. **hugs**

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  143. I'm so sorry as I know you had different hopes and dreams.... May the loving arms of your Heavenly Father be felt by you and your family both now and in the days to come.

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  144. The Lord be with you and your family at this trying time. I am praying for you all.

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  145. Rachel, I'm so sorry for the outcome. As a fellow NICU mama I am sending you all the best wishes for a good outcome for little Eleni.

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  146. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Praying for sweet Eleni that God will fix whatever is going on with her and for wisdom for the drs as they treat and care for Eleni. I am sure that your momma's heart is achy right now with not being able to cuddle with your sweet newborn. Hugs.

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  147. I am one of your many readers who feel they know you through your wonderfully inspiring blog and have followed your pregnancy with real joy. You will know that there is a large number of people, many who you've never met, who you have touched and inspired who now reach back with hugs and prayers for Eleni, you, your husband and children.

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  148. My thoughts are with you all. Hugs and kisses to you and Eleni.

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  149. take care of yourself, be with those you love and ask lots of questions. Hope tomorrow brings better news. love to all.

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  150. Sending much love to you and your family. Praying that your Eleni will recover and be well...

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  151. Oh Rachel. With all my heart, today I'm am praying. Xxx

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  152. Praying for little Eleni and for you.

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  153. Hope & prayers for your family.

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  154. Best wishes to you and your family during this time.

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  155. Oh Rachel, I am so sorry to hear this. I hope Eleni comes through this okay---little people can do amazing things. Wishing you and your family all the love and strength you need to pull through this. Don't stop hoping!

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  156. Thoughts and prayers for you and Eleni in the coming days. Take your time and come back when you are ready but know you will be missed.

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  157. So much love to you and for your family. So many prayers sent.

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  158. Rachel, you and your family and most importantly little Eleni are in our prayers. We will pray for her recovery and also that the Father in heaven will grant you strength, hope and faith in the days ahead. Lots of people love you but God's love is even bigger than that and it is His love that will guide you through.

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  159. Sending prayers for Elini, you and your family. May you experience God's love.

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  160. I am a regular reader - but also a no commenter, sorry, however this calls for conveyance of my heartfelt thoughts to you all. May you have strength to do what you can and the grace to accept what you can't.

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  161. Dear Rachel and sweet Eleni, you and your whole family have been and continue to be in my daily prayers. The Father knows and is there caring, loving, guiding, comforting, healing and strengthening you all. May you continually feel His love.

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  162. So sorry this is such a difficult time for you, Rachel. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  163. So much love, to you and your family. Praying always.

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  164. I hope you are given all the love and support you need at this time. My heart aches for you and your family. Hugs to all of you.

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  165. Love and hugs to you and your family. You are a great inspiration to so many, I hope you find strength & comfort knowing the quilting community is praying for little Eleni.

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  166. I'm another quilter who so admires your work but have never commented. I was so saddened to read your post. Prayers for healing for the baby and comfort for your sweet family.

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  167. I read your blog regularly but never post. Today I had to. My prayers are with you and your family and baby Eleni during this time. I am praying for a positive outcome.

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  168. Sending you and your family and all your support system hugs, love, and prayer. Praying for the doctors too and to all those taking care of your little Eleni. Blessings to you all. Jeanette

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  169. Your strength shines through as always. God bless you and your little Eleni. Hugs and love to you and your family.

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  170. Prayers and hugs are with you. I will keep you in my prayers and also add you to the prayer list at our church. Hugs & comfort to you.

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  171. Its all been said already but I too am praying for you... God will bear you and your family up. He loves you and little Eleni more than we can imagine!

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  172. My heart sank as I read your post. You are in my prayers.

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  173. Rachel,
    Keeping you and your family in my loving prayers.

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  174. I am so sorry. Praying for your sweet girl.

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  175. Rachel, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that all of this emotion out in the world will surround you with love and strength.

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  176. God bless your sweet little one! No matter the specific situations of her birth and her health, her life is still such a blessing. I can imagine how hard this is for you and your family - hopefully there are glimmers of light in the weeks ahead. I'll be thinking and praying for you and your family.

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  177. Rachel, I am so saddened by the news. I have also been in a similar situation with my son and understand what you are going through. I am praying for Eleni's full recovery and strength for you, your husband and your children. Love to you all.

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  178. Oh Rachel, I'm so sorry your family is facing this! Consider yourself hugged and prayed for by me and many others in this community.

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  179. Your family is in my heart and prayers. :'( So so sad.

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  180. I am praying for your precious baby Eleni. She is loved by so many who follow your blog.

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  181. Our hearts and hopes are with you all.

    Cat

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  182. Our hearts and hopes are with you all.

    Cat

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  183. I rarely post but am a loyal follower and just wanted to chime in and send prayers, healing thoughts and best wishes to you, your daughter and family.

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