Thursday, 13 August 2009

This is a post I hoped I would never have to do but unfortunately our hopes and dreams were shattered on Monday when Evie passed away. We are so grateful to have had 4 days with our beautiful little girl, we only wish it could have been much longer. I know Chris has kept the blog updated but I felt I wanted to post one last time to say thanks to everyone for all your support, comments, calls and texts over the last few months, they really helped us through.

Phillip and I are looking forward to seeing friends and family again, we appreciate everyone giving us some space over the past few days.

Evie will be coming home next Wednesday and we are planning a service to say goodbye to our little girl on Friday 21st. We are not sure of any arrangments as yet but please contact either Phillip or I or any of our families as we should know within the next few days.

Kerri and Phillip xoxoxoxo

Monday, 10 August 2009

Sad News

Evie Grace Burnside passed away peacefully in her mummy and daddy's arms this afternoon. Kerri and Phillip would like to thank you for all your support but would appreciate some time in peace.


Saturday, 8 August 2009

Update on Kerri and Evie

Kerri and Phillip are still at the hospital so this is Kerri's brother Chris giving another quick update. Kerri is doing well after her section and might be getting out of hospital today. She was able to get up to the NICU yesterday to see baby Evie and was allowed to touch her for the first time. Evie had a bit of an up and down day yesterday with her CO2 levels but the doctors were able to get her gases in check again by tea time and she had a stable night. The doctors have been able to decrease the Nitric oxide and oxygen levels so keep your fingers crossed Evie will continue to improve.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Evie Grace Burnside has arrived!

Just a quick update to let you know Kerri and Phillip have a beautiful baby girl, Evie Grace Burnside, born today by c-section. Kerri is doing well and Evie is stable for now. Kerri and Phillip are still at the hospital but they will keep you all updated over the next few days.

Friday, 31 July 2009

Induction planned for 4th August!

Sorry I am late with an update from hospital appointment yesterday, baby is still tucked up!

We went to the hospital on Monday as I was very sore again and my tummy was extremely tight. I was concerned as this is what happened the last time when they decided to remove the balloon 2 days early as they thought labour was very likely. I was in a lot of pain at night and was having trouble sleeping again so thought it best to get checked out.
My fluid had increased to 27cm but my cervix had remained stable. Thankfully the consultant was able to witness the tightenings I was having and she said they were contractions. As they were contractions she decided not to drain the fluid as my body appeared to be coping well enough and the only reason to drain would have been because I was so uncomfortable. They did not want to drain for this reason incase it caused me to go in to labour and they ideally wanted me to get to 37 weeks. They were happy for me to go "home" and come back again on Thursday to reassess my fluid, have a talk with the surgeon who would be operating on the baby and to discuss a date for induction!

At my appointment yesterday my fluid and cervix have remained the same which is good. The baby is now weighing 6llb 12 oz! We then discussed induction, if I don't go myself before then. The main consideration with induction is that there is a bed for the baby in intensive care. For this reason I had to wait for a phone call from the neonatal nurse to confirm. She called last night and they have provisionally booked me in for Tuesday 4th August!!! I really really cannot believe that I may end up being induced after being so high risk of prematurelabour throughout the pregnancy. I will be 37 weeks and 3 days so full term, again unbelievable! I have to call on Tuesday morning to confirm that a cot is available, if not it will be pushed back to Wednesday, then Thursday etc. I am trying to keep an open mind as I dont want to be dissapointed if I dont go in on Tuesday.

We also met with the surgeon yesterday and both found it really helpful. He explained exactly what will happen with the baby. They will have a team of doctors in the room and once the baby is born it will be immediately ventilated before it can take its first breath. The aim for the next week or so is to stabalise the baby for surgery. This is the main struggle as the baby needs to have enough lung function of its own to be able to pass oxygen and carbon dioxide through its lungs. He explained that if the baby makes it to the surgery then it has a good chance of survival so we really do have a rocky road ahead.

Obviously, I will not be able to update once the baby is born but I will ensure someone updates as soon as the baby arrives.....hopefully by this day next week at the latest.

Kerri x

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Uneventful Hospital Visit


I am pleased to say that todays appointment was rather uneventful. As none of the consultants from the foetal medicine team were there we were scanned by a sonographer who didn't appear to be very familiar with abnormalities. This became apparant when Phillip and I both realised he was trying to work out the lung to head ratio by measuring the bowel in the chest!!! As a result I do not have much to report other than the fact that the baby appeared happy and although my fluid is slightly increased it is only measuring 20cms, 13cms less than before the balloon removal.

Although they did emphasize that they cannot predict when I will go into labour they did not seem as concerned that it was likely to happen immediatey so fingers crossed I get a bit further!!!!

On a personal note I am feeling so much better. Now the tenderness from the procedure is away I feel almost normal again. I still cannot walk too far but feel more up to getting out and about.

We are back at the hospital next Thursday so I will post an update after that, if not before if ............

Kerri and Phillip x

Sunday, 19 July 2009


Just a quick post to let you all know that the baby is still hanging in there! I really really cant believe it, I have made it to 35 weeks.

Phillip has just left to drop Gayle, Philip and Alex to the airport so we are feeling a bit down at the minute. From we arrived 3 weeks ago we have had lots of visitors and this has given us something to look forward to, now its just us! As we are expecting the baby anyday now it seems silly for anyone to book flights in advance as they are all intending on returning as soon as the baby is born. It is very hard being away from family when we are so close to them all, especially the wee man in my life!

Anyway, on a more cheerful note, I am over the moon to have made it this far and just hoping and praying that the baby will sit tight for another few days or so. We are back at the hospital on Wednesday and I will let you know how we get on.