Wow, it’s been awhile since we updated this! I’m assuming most of you know this already thanks to Facebook and email updates, but….
Elena has arrived! Elena Ruth Biegert was born September 29, 2010, at 12:16pm. It was quite traumatic for all of us, to be honest. We haven’t really talked about it, so for the first time, here’s a brief run-down. I was basically over the shingles by the 27th. The doctor was convinced labor would begin soon, which it did. We actually spent the night at a friend’s house closer to our clinic Monday night instead of coming all the way home, which is an hour from our clinic. Contractions came and went all night Monday, all day Tuesday, and all night Tuesday. We checked into the clinic Tuesday afternoon, per the doctor’s orders. Since nothing was really happening, the doctor continued to try to induce. Wednesday morning, I had a reaction to some of the methods of induction and within ten minutes, I went into a hard contraction that didn’t stop for the next two hours. It was so strong it wasn’t registering on the machine they had hooked up to monitor me. Since it wasn’t stopping and the baby’s heartrate had sky-rocketed and her movements had gotten eradic, they shipped me off to an emergency c-section. They do things a little different here, so Brian wasn’t allowed in with me and we didn’t see each other for the next three hours. He saw Elena briefly as they wheeled her into the nursery, but he wasn’t allowed to touch or hold her. He saw Elena 45 minutes after I went into surgery, then he waited another hour and a half to hear how I was. He saw me three hours after surgery and we saw Elena three hours after that. It was a LONG day. This is just a nutshell; we still have a hard time going into more details than this or even looking at pictures. We’re just thankful God was looking out for us and was right here with us on THIS side of the ocean since we felt very, very alone that day.
But, besides my recovery from the c-section, things have been wonderful. We got home Saturday, the 2nd, and I immediately got a cold, probably from going from the HOT clinic to the COLD house. Aside from a cough, though, I’m fine. Elena was born super healthy and is growing like a weed. She was 7lb, 11oz at birth and has definitely gained since then. She was 20” long and is a good 4” longer now if Brian’s tape measure is correct. 🙂 We’re so thankful that she is so healthy considering how difficult the labor/delivery was and how hard the last month of pregnancy was on me. Nothing seems to have phased our beautiful baby girl!
We thank you so much for your prayers this year. God has been so good to us. We don’t understand why everything happened the way they did, but we’re learning that’s not for us to question. We’re just really glad that God is our Father; we really needed Him this past month.
Now, we’re working on getting Elena’s paperwork for Peru and the States. Naturally, our friendly US Embassy is not answering their phone or their emails, so that’s fun. Pray with us that we can either get her a visa or her citizenship (preferably her citizenship!) in time for us to fly early December to the States. As of right now, their first hearing for citizenship is the first week of December, which is too late for us. We need an emergency hearing, if we can get them to respond to us. We also need to get her Peruvian papers and passport, as soon as possible, which is difficult since we need to have someone go with us and schedules here are complicated!
If you did not receive a birth announcement via email, let us know and we’ll get one sent off to you! Our internet hates letting us upload pictures, so it’d be easier to email you the announcement than post her picture here, at least for the moment.
Thanks again! Can’t wait for all you in the States to meet Elena.