You will have significant experiences.
I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of
them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful and significant things.
Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you.
Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some
may build upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experiences.
- Gordon B Hinckley

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bollinger Family News

Wednesday, October  13, 2009

Dear Friends,

There is no easy way to say this, so right out of the we go.

Everett Zachary Bollinger was born on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 8:05pm via C-section.  I woke up that morning feeling back pain that was not relieved with comfort measures and decided to call the doctor.  He told me to go to SV to be examined as soon as possible.

Upon arrival, we found that I was 4cm dilated and actively contracting (although I could not feel a thing).  Despite being given multiple medications to stop the labor, the contractions continued and at 7:00pm the doctors decided that it would be best to deliver Everett via "controlled" c-section (as opposed to an "emergency" c-section that would result from allowing my water to break while Everett was still breach putting Everett and I in great distress.)

At 8:05pm he was delivered, weighing 1lb. 13oz., and measuring 12.5 inches long.  He was immediately taken to the NICU.  He has black, curly hair, ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes, my nose and Zac's feet.

It's been a very difficult start, but at three days old and only 25 weeks (6.5 months) gestation, Everett is doing very well!

As you can imagine, Zac and I are feeling overwhelmed and emotional and an email was the only way to give everyone the information without having to make dozens of tearful phone calls.  Please don't take offense to not being told personally, but it is hard enough just to write this email and we are not ready for long discussions on the matter just yet.  We very much appreciate your love, support and prayers... please feel free to email or text us.  As soon as we're ready, we will begin making phone calls to all of you.

Our families have been taking great care of us.  I'm heading home tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th.  Everett will have to remain in the hospital until he is strong enough for life at home (probably close to his original due date, January 19, 2010.)

Please keep Everett, Zac and I in your thoughts and prayers.  We appreciate each of you and your friendships and love.  We will keep you up to date as best we can.

Thank you,

Sara, Zac and Everett Bollinger (and big brother Jack too!)

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