Sunday 12 December 2010

I'm a GRANDMA!!!!

~ Mikayla Rose ~

Born at 10:55 PM
on Friday, December 10th, 2010
weighing in at 7lb 5oz (3.43 kilo)

My heart is bursting with love for this beautiful baby girl!

Michelle's waters broke just after midnight on Thursday morning but, as no contractions had started by Friday morning, doctors decided to chemically induce labour.  Michelle wanted as natural a birth as possible so she opted not to have any pain relief and what a trooper she was.  Being there for the birth of my first grandchild was such an emotional and amazing experience although it was VERY hard to see my daughter go through so much pain and being unable to take that pain away for her.  Alex, my son-in-law, was amazing!!!  I soothed and encouraged Michelle while he held her and counted through every contraction. I could see how much Alex helped Michelle to focus and breathe through the pain....he was her rock!

It was a long and hard labour....and, after the transition from hours of contractions to two and a half hours of pushing, Michelle was totally exhausted. Doctors had to then assist in the final part using a suction cap to help Michelle deliver her little baby into this world. 

Straight after birth, they usually place baby with Mum, skin-to-skin, for at least an hour before taking baby away to clean up and weigh but, unfortunately, Mikayla was whisked away to the Natal Special Care unit instead.  She was pale, shaky and her breathing seemed a little raspy.  They thought her blood sugars may have been low so they gave her a boost of sucrose plus her lungs needed some time to expand and gain full use. Both Michelle and Mikayla needed antibiotics intravenously due to the fact that Michelle's waters had broken over twenty four hours prior to being induced and this can sometimes pose a risk for infection. After a few hours in the Special Care unit, baby Mikayla was reunited with Michelle. 

I'm happy to report that mother, father and baby are doing very well.

I'm a GRANDMA!!!
I've been on an emotional roller coaster ride since with lots of tears as I remember the experience and precious outcome.
My heart is filled with love and joy!!!

~ Love, light and peace to all ~


  1. Oh Serena, I am so happy for you and your family. Yay!! Congratulations amiga and you are just going to be the best Grandmother in this world. ::congratulation hugs:: to you and be sure and let your daughter that I congratulate her and her husband on a special babys entry into this world. Now go paint, knit, sew, something, anything so that you can get your feet back on the ground. You probably never will. Hey, what a special Christmas present to you from your daughter, Mikayla Rose.
    Take care.::clap::clap::

  2. Congratulations to the whole family on the arrival of the gorgeous Mikayla Rose! Blessings and best wishes for the sweet baby.

  3. CONGRATULATIONS, GRANDMA!! Sooo exciting!!! She is just beautiful! I am so glad that Mikayla is here and that she and her dear new mom are okay. So happy for everybody and looking forward to lots of pictures and news on your blog. Happy happy birthday, Mikayla!! :):):)

  4. Yeah!!!!!!!!! Oh wow, she is beautiful Serena...I love her bow lips...

    And this love is just starting - nothing like a granddaughter or grandson to give you a whole new reason for being...


  5. Conrats Granny, so glad that baby and mamma are doing well.

  6. To Serena, Michelle, Alex and the whole family....CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    It sounds like it was a long haul for Michelle but it all ended well and Mikayla is just beautiful...welcome to the world baby girl! What a gift new life is for a family.

    Hugs and love to all.

  7. So much congratulations I can't even contain it in words!! So happy for your growing family~lots of hugs and kisses for the new one~~

  8. Congratulations Serena..what an adorable little girl..I can relate to the glad all is well with baby and goodness such happiness !!!!!!

  9. Congratulations!! She's perfect :D

  10. Oh Serena, my heart if full of happiness for all of you. Little Mikayla is a beautiful little angel. God bless Alex for being with Michelle through everything.
    Love and hugs

  11. Congratulations to you all, and so glad everyone is safe and well

  12. OMG! Serena...the baby looks so much like Michelle, and Alex too! What an adorable nose she has! I am so happy all three are doing well. Michelle is so beautiful after just delivering a baby! WOW! I know you are madly in gets worse with time!!! wishes to you all...

  13. She's beautiful Serena!! Oh the fun and adventure is just beginning for you--you can help introduce her to all of the beautiful things in life--they'll all be brand new to her--I think this is the best part with children--looking at everyday things with brand new eyes again. Congratulations to you and your daughter and son-in-law!

  14. Congratulations! I've been following your "baby" postings and so happy for all of you. The baby looks like YOU! She is adorable.

  15. Serena! Congratulations, Grandma! I'm so happy for you, and Mikayla is gorgeous.


  16. Such a beautiful family! Congratulations to you all!!!
    ~ Zuzu

  17. I'm sorry to be so late getting here to congratulate you but I guess better late than never! Mikayla is adorable!! But then she's got a gorgeous mom and grandma so it's to be expected.

  18. Thank you all for your sweet comments and congratulations. I'm still on cloud nine. All going to plan, Michelle and Alex will bring their baby girl home today...YAY!!!

  19. Congratulations on your Sweet little Bundle of Joy!

  20. How wonderful! Congratulations to you all!

  21. She is so beautiful! congratulations!

  22. Hi Grandma,
    Congratulations to you all but especially Michelle who had the hardest work!
    How sweet, just in time for Christmas.
    What an experience to attend the birth of your Grand daughter as well.
    Merry Christmas to you all,

  23. Serena this is so wonderful. Grandma is the best title anyone can have. She is amazingly beautiful and your daughter and SIL so good looking.... What a precious family!!


  24. what a beautiful family...congratulations!

  25. such a precious bundle...
    such a precious post!

    you are right to be filled with joy..she's beautiful!
    and what an adorable...scrumptiously adorable new set of parents!

    congratulations to the happy family!

    ciao bella!

    Creative Carmelina

    yeah! it's a girl!!!!!with a beautiful name!

    What a beautiful, wonderful birth story - thanks for sharing.
    And she is the most beautiful little peanut!!
    Congrats to you all!
    P.S. Love the spelling of her name too!

  27. This is awesome news! The baby is beautiful and your daughter is glowing. What a nice early Christmas present!

  28. Oh my goodness!!! How exciting. Congrats to you and your family...she is beautiful!!! xoxo

  29. Hi Serena, I thought I had posted here but looks like it has been lost in cyberspace.
    Congratulations, she is a precious little bundle of joy.

  30. Congratulations to Michelle and you! Wow. I have tears in my eyes. I had a very similar birth too unfortunately. Sorry I havnt been round much... It's all been too hard. Again, cngratulations!

  31. Congratulations Serena!!! I am so behind with news on the net ... what a gorgeous little girl... best wishes to the whole family xoxo

  32. Blessing to you and your beautiful family grandma!What a gorgeous bundle of joy! :)

  33. Congrats!!! She is so adorably beautiful. I'm so happy for you and your family. The ornament you made and the blanket/knitted clothes are so great. I'm so excited for you. So what are you going to go by? My youngest calls my mom "Nana" and he calls my Mother in law "Granny". lol. He can't say Grandma well. Oh you'll be able to teach her to sew when she gets older and paint and knit! Yeah! :)

    Glad you are joining in on Julie Balzer's art journal pages. :)