Laurencia Rachel was born at 1:47 pm, yesterday, August 26, 2013. Her”little” sister, Valencia Katerina was born one minute later at 1:48 pm. Laurencia weighed 2 lbs. 12 oz., Valencia weighed 4 lbs. 10 oz and is 17 inches long.
Laurencia was born with her tiny heart beating long enough for her daddy to get to hold her alive, just as I had all these months. She was peaceful from the moment she was delivered from me until the moment she was delivered into the arms of Jesus, at approximately 2:02 pm.
Laurencia died while in her daddy’s arms, holding her sister’s hand. She was surrounded by her two aunties, Laura and Anna and I was lying near her on the operating table. She was prayed right into Heaven by all of you and by our families, who were here to meet her. Her brother and sisters fell instantly in love with her and both of our families spent the afternoon holding her, loving her and telling her how much they each loved her.
I will provide photos and many more details in the coming days. I need to go visit with our Valencia, who is doing fantastically. She is not requiring oxygen of any sort and is healthy and strong just like her name. She will likely be in the NICU at least 2-3 weeks to ensure she remains stable and grows.
There are so many things I could tell you about yesterday, but there are few words adequate to describe it. As usual, I plan to do my very best so as to honor my precious baby girl. I am so privileged to be her mother.
While our grief at times comes in waves deeper than even we could have imagined, we felt every single prayer and know that your prayers sent God to be with us. Thank you for keeping us in your hearts and prayers.