I'm so sorry for being "absent" for so long, but I have been a little busy for the last 7 weeks.
Although my c-section was not scheduled until December 10 (which would still have been a full month before my due date!), my sweet and determined daughter decided that she wanted to be born on November 29! She was 6 weeks early, but still weighed a tad bit over 6 pounds.
Very long story short: my uterus ruptured over a period of 3-4 days (yes, it hurts very badly. No, the doctors didn't believe me at first.), her amniotic sac (with her inside it!) was in the abdominal cavity when they opened me up, and BOTH of us are extremely blessed to be alive and healthy. My sweet baby girl inhaled a bit of amniotic fluid on her way into the world, so she spent 5 nights in the NICU, but we have been home and doing really well for the last 6 weeks.
I cannot thank Our Dear Lord enough for listening to the intercession of his Blessed Mother, his holy saints, and our family to provide such mercy to us during that very scary time.
When I have a little more free time (ha!), I will post more about life as the mother of an even-larger family!!