Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Welcome Magdalena!

What an exciting day it has been! Magdalena Grace Roberts was born this morning at 8:18. She was 3 pounds, 15 ounces and 18 inches long. It was as if God had a list of each specific prayer request we have had about today and just marked them off the list.
Let me list some of them for you:
1. Magdalena is alive.
2. Julie was able to hold Magdalena and look into her eyes immediately after she was born.
3. She was breathing on her own.
4. Around lunch, Julie was able to go down and check on her for a little while.
5. Although she tried the pacifier with the C-PAP on, she still tried to suck on it.
6. She had wet and dirty diapers.
6. Magdalena and Julie had some AWESOME nurses and staff take care of them today.
7. At the end of the day, Julie and Noah were able to hold Magdalena.

When Magdalena was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, it seemed as though the cards were stacked against her. As a family, we have learned to appreciate each day and celebrate each milestone. While we would have loved to announce that the test was wrong, that does not seem to be in God's plan. He has chosen to show a huge amount of determination in one little bundle of joy. As I looked at Magdalena this afternoon and held her hand, I wondered how any person could ever give up on their child. Magdalena was created by God...and in His image! She is just as beautiful as her name is and I thank God Julie and Noah never gave up on her.

We appreciate your prayers so much. As you pray today, please pray that:
1. Magdalena will get off her C-PAP, try the bottle and be able to suck successfully soon.
2. Julie and Noah will continue to be able to hold her on a consistent basis.
3. She will be able to go home soon.

Below I have picked out some of my favorite pictures from the day. Everyone had already left the hospital when Julie and Noah found out they were able to hold Magdalena, so those pictures will be updated later.

What a proud Papa!

Opening her eyes the first time

Sweet little hand

Magdalena Grace Roberts

With her C-PAP and sucking the pacifier

Magdalena's AWESOME nurse, Diane. She came to give
Julie an update on Magdalena's care. She was a
very patient with everyone today!
Loli and Magdalena
And, since these are my favorite pics I had to include
one of myself with her!


  1. Oh Wow Magda welcome to the world! You are born into a wonderful family, and the world is watching your progress with baited breath. We are SO pleased you seem to be doing so well! Bless you little girl, you are perfect.
    of the Bernard Bunch.

  2. Lori, THANK YOU for your protection of your little sis! Jennifer too! It was good to see y'all, and so much more than I expected to get to see Magdalena. Y'all are a beautiful family!

    Noah and Julie, we're rejoicing with you in the gift of life God has given to you. Magdalena is beautiful, like her parents; like her God!

  3. Oh so beautiful! Thank you for sharing these pics. Know that we are praying for Magdalena. She looks so good. Praying that she can come off the Cpap and suck on that bottle. Cathy & Annabel

  4. Magdalena is so beautful - can't wait to see the pictures of Noah and Julie getting to hold her and love on her. How wonderful!

    Dee Dee

  5. Please know I am praying for your sweet family!

  6. I am so happy to hear she is doing well and can breath on her own!! We love you both and wanted you to know that we are praying for your family.
    Love, The Estrada's

  7. Anonymous7:43 PM

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl, Magdalena! She is so beautiful! We can't wait to meet her! God is so good!


    Fran and Stan


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