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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Introduction to US

I am starting on something that I should have started a long time ago! People are always asking how Kerrington is doing, what she weighs now, and how we are, so I thought a blog would be the best way to keep everyone up to date!

First, allow me to introduce us. We are the Dugans - I'm sure you already knew that. :) Tom and I got married on September 18th, 2004 - one of the best days of my life. He has 2 daughters from a previous marriage - Madison and Makenna. They are now 11 and 9. That seems insane to me. Madison is very into socializing and school. Makenna is into being a tomboy - football, soccer, and if its weird and out of the ordinary, she will partake in it.

Now the story of Kerrington. Tom and I found out in October '08 that we were expecting a baby in July '09. We were ecstatic! We later found out we were having a girl (to everyone's surprise!) and we were so excited. We knew immediately we would name her Kerrington. We saw the name on a TV show about a year before and decided back then that if we ever had a girl we would name her that. We just loved that name! Everything was going perfect with the pregnancy, no problems. Then one day everyone started telling me I looked swollen and like I was having twins. After I cried a few times, and felt like a cow, I realized that maybe there was something to it. I called my doctor and he told me to keep my feet up, and eat less salt. After a few days I was still very swollen (I looked like Rocky Balboa in my face as my loving husband so gently told me - love you sweetie!) and the doctor told me to go and get my blood pressure checked at a pharmacy. It was 155/95 - way over what it was supposed to me. I was immediately admitted to the hospital. After trying to bring it down for several days unsuccessfully, they had to take Kerrington to prevent seizures and to save both of us. She was born 13 weeks early on April 18th, weighing in at 1 pound, 14.9 ounces. Talk about a stressful time. Right after she was born my blood pressure still wouldn't go down, and I was having kidney failure, all while dealing with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It was tough. Everything eventually got under control with my health, and then I was able to deal with Kerrington. While she was in the hospital we sold our house and moved in with my sister and brother-in-law. With her in the hospital, the last thing I wanted to do was go looking for a house. My sister offered to let us stay with them, and we were VERY grateful. We now live in our own house in Burleson.
In my next blog, I share the ups and downs of the NICU.