Prayers for Jen Fulwiler and her new baby boy!

Jen Fulwiler of Conversion Diary and “Minor Revisions” fame had her sweet baby boy last night!  Her entire pregnancy has been an enormous ordeal — first a pulmonary embolism landed her in the hospital with lungs so clogged with blood clots, the doctors said she ought to be dead.  Then she had to endure a horrible planned procedure which . . . I don’t even know what to say.  I feel like that lady who had her baby in a tree during the Mozambique flooding would feel sorry for her.

So the baby was born!  But Jen says:

Unfortunately, he has some breathing problems (unrelated to my medical issues) that mean that he requires NICU care, and is now being transferred to a NICU at a different hospital with better facilities. Even more unfortunately, I have to stay here at the delivery hospital until we get my blood thinners under control. I haven’t even seen him that much since he’s been born.

Hallie keeps sending me encouraging texts telling me I’m being so strong. I’ve been meaning to follow up and ask her for some examples of what “not being strong at all” would look like. Because I’m pretty sure that that’s what I’m actually doing.

Needless to say, this is a stressful situation for all involved, so we appreciate any prayers you can offer. Thanks again for all your wonderful support.

Beautiful pic of the siblings meeting their new brother on Jen’s blog.

Please pray for quick healing for both of them, and for a speedy reunion!



  1. I am happy to pray for her. I too had a NICU baby and know what she is going through — I didn’t even get to hold my daughter until she was a week old. I am happy to help by praying or if Jen wants a mom who has been through this to talk to, I would be more than happy to do that too.

  2. I also had a baby boy in the NICU with breathing issues for the first three days. No fun. We’ll be praying here for a speedy recovery for them both.

  3. My baby boy (born this past November) was in the NICU for a month and I was really sick too, totally get how hard it is to be apart and too sick to go see him! Will be praying lots for a speedy reunion of mommy and baby.

  4. Thanks, Simcha — I was just this morning as I was praying over her name (and the names of a few other Catholic bloggers — including you) …wondering if today was the day Jen had her baby. I’ve been so busy with RCIA stuff that time is getting way from me.

    Prayers aloft for joy and strength to Jen and baby!

    My only son was born with lung problems because he swallowed ‘his own poop’ (sorry for being so graphic, but it’s what happened!) while he was being born — part of the embryonic sack had torn away…which in irritation and in a rush to get to the hospital, I had pulled out and tossed in our downstairs bathroom toilet …a story for another day. Anyway, I, too, had to have him transferred to another hospital and was without him for a few days — even though I faithfully pumped out milk for him and was driven to the hospital to nurse him as often as I could. Poor little dude! Poor mama! I felt so awful that I couldn’t be with/hover over him constantly.

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