Sunday, July 18, 2010

Update from the grandmothers

On July 16, at about 3 am, Annie's water broke. Dave was on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean, so Annie called her dear friend Katie. Within minutes, they were on their way to the Lemoore Naval Air Station hospital.  Upon her admission to the maternity ward,  Annie's very supportive doctor, Dr. Schipper, performed an ultrasound. At that time, both Annie and Dave (on the phone from the ship) learned that Noah's heart had stopped beating. With support from Katie, Amy, a great nursing staff, and her doctor, Annie labored until Noah's birth at 2:03 pm.

Noah weighed 2 lbs 13 oz. and was 13.5 inches long. He had auburn hair, like his dad, and blue eyes, like his mom.  Miraculously,  Dave arrived at the hospital late that night, and he and Annie were able to spend time together with Noah.

We grandmothers arrived in time to hold Noah, too.  A private memorial service is scheduled this week.

Annie will add to their story later, when she is ready.  They are grieving with hope.

Barbara and Jenny, aka Bobbie and Nonny


  1. Bobbie and Nonny -
    This is beautifully and thoughtfully written - thank you. Noah has wonderful grandmothers.

    Lots of love,

  2. Barbara and Jenny, thank you for letting us know. Until Annie and Dave feel ready to face the computer screen again, please let them know how many people are thinking of them. Our prayers are with all who loved Noah.

  3. Thank you so much for updating us. They are two amazing souls. We are thinking of them and praying for their continued strength through this devastating time.

  4. Thanks Grandmas for writing this wonderful account. It was written with such love for everyone. I am glad the family got to visit with Noah. We are praying for you and grieving with you.

    Wayne and jen Solomon

  5. I won't presume to think an online stranger could offer any words of comfort, so I'll just say that I've been thinking of the family, praying for them, and hoping that they'll get all the support and love they need in the coming weeks and months. My heart aches for everyone involved.

  6. Thank you for the update. We are praying for all of you and LOVE that he had auburn hair and blue eyes. I bet he was beautiful!!

  7. Thank you for the update. We are praying for all of you and LOVE that he had auburn hair and blue eyes. I bet he was beautiful!!

  8. My heart is breaking. I know the emotions they are experiencing and pray that they are given all the support they need, but may not be able to ask for.

    Noah will forever be remembered by me.

  9. There's not a single word that can be said to attempt to ease your pain; but know that you're in the thoughts and prayers of so many you many have never met. To know your story is to know God. Peace be with you.