Monday, March 20, 2023

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and (Wo)Men

I am out of practice with all things social.

Hermitage does that.

Yet, in anticipation of welcoming a new little crow to the nest, I came out of hiding and attempted to plan a baby shower (emphasis on attempted).  (And you were wondering where I was?)

I surrendered early on and enlisted the magic of my friend Mel (from Back Forty) who brought the whole thing to life.

{Setup photo - the "clouds" had fairy lights in them that were lit on the day of the shower.}

{Centerpieces by Mom-to-be....}

Invites - check; decorations - check; centerpieces - check; food/cake - check. 
But, so much for plans.

Enter the Mouse:
{Mia on her way from delivery to NICU}

...The newest member of the Crow family - our little changeling, Mia.

She arrived - all 3lbs. 12oz. of her  - 8 weeks early...and one week and one day before her momma's baby shower.

She is still in the NICU and will be for some time, but is making great progress.
While she is still on a feeding tube, she can now maintain her own body heat and breathe on her own without a ventilator or oxygen.  She has also started to gain weight and, as of today, weighs 3 lbs. 14.9oz.

She has a long journey ahead, but I am sure that corner of my heart she stole when I first laid eyes on her will only grow in the days and years to come.

Sometimes, it's the littlest things that take up the biggest corners of your heart.


jabblog said...

Babies have a way of upsetting the most organised plans! Mia is lovely.
My great-grandson was 8 weeks early but is now a strapping 8-year-old, the days of tubes far behind him.

Dicky Bird said...

Oh my goodness!! You keep the best secrets! Congratulations! Little Mia will have such fun adventures with her granny, grandma, grammie...

JustGail said...

Congratulations on baby Mia joining the flock!

Hootin Anni said...

Mia!! Welcome to our world!!!!

Julia said...

Congratulations on the new arrival. Baby Mia holds a lot of power in her meekness. She will be a balm and joy to your heart. She is beautiful. I wish her all the best and her parents too.

I love, love the decorations. Thanks for sharing your joy.

Happy Spring!

Saundra said...

What an awesome job Mel did in decorating.
Mini Mia is beautiful and am so happy to hear she has gained weight and breathing on her own. In her last photo she doesn't appear to be in distress so am praying that is a good sign and hope to you. Will continue prayers for the wee one.

Rugs and Pugs said...

I'm sure everything about the shower was perfection.
Sweet little Mia. I am very sure she has already stolen your heart. So happy to hear she is doing better.
Prayers for one and all ;-)

Prims By The Water said...

Congratulations gramma! She is a precious gift from God and looks like God wanted everyone to meet her earlier than you thought. I am sure you will spoil; her a lot. The decorations looked wonderful and the cake looked so yummy! Janice

marly said...

Great news! Mia is doing so well. What fabulous decoration and theme for the shower. Hope mom is doing well too. Thank you for updating, hope that will continue.

Hill Top Post said...

Mia is precious. Congratulations to Gramma and all the family.

oldgreymareprimitives said...

I love seeing the latest photos - she is just a darling. What a good girl to gain weight. She's already a high achiever : D

Amelia is so loved and such a blessing.

Congratulations again my friend, I am so very happy for you all.

acorn hollow said...

Oh my goodness!!!! How sweet she is♡♡ I am sure you can not wait to cuddle that sweet baby. So great she is gaining and is strong.
Sending you all hugs and best wishes

Shrimpton and Perfect said...

Oh my. I will keep the little one in my thoughts and heart.
Jean. x

NMK said...

What a Beautiful , precious little bundle of joy !!!! My 4 year old Twin grand daughters were born even earlier & were in the NICU for 3 months ....just the most incredible , amazing place ....Your sweet Mia will be a little miracle like my twins . She will grow strong and be an amazing little girl .
There was an old man who came to the NICU one day a week , he cuddled the babies and sang to them , he told them stories , it was very moving. Some of those little angels were so sick and no parents to hold them & love them , that was heart breaking . Your little Mia & my twins are so lucky to have us in their lives ..... Enjoy every minute you can with her !!! The most Wonderful Gift .....

Primitive Stars said...

Congratulations on this sweet bundle of joy! Mia is a wee little darling, she will grow stronger as the days go by…. I’m so happy for you sweet Crow, she will fill your heart with so much love… the decorations are wonderful, that cake looks so good and I bet the clouds looks magical lite up with the fairy lights… thinking of you, big hugs, much love Francine.

yaya said...

Congratulations one and all and welcome to the world little Mia! I'm sending good wishes and prayers for continued growth and health. I had a preemie with my first born. That was 47yrs ago and only weighing in at 2# it's a miracle he made it without having CP. So Mia will do well with all the new technology and love from you all. She's so darn cute too! Hugs and smiles Robin!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

What a lovely shower and such a beautiful little Mia! Congratulations to all!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Congratulations to all!
Happy Birthday Mia!