National Prematurity Awareness Day

is today….

Never in a million years when I thought about having kids would I have thought that it would happen to me. That is what most pregnant moms think.  “It won’t happen to me.” But it can. Over 13 million babies are born premature throughout the world every single year.

A’s chance of survival when he was born (based on stats) was only 39%. I am sure that his was actually less because he never had time to get the steroids to help his lungs. From the time I got to the hospital here in town wondering what was happening, to the time I delivered at a hospital 45 minutes away was only about five hours.

  • 1 in 10 premature babies will develop a permanent disability such as lung disease, cerebral palsy, blindness or deafness.
  • 50% of premature babies born before the 26th week of gestation are disabled, 15% severely so.
  • A fought like I never knew such a small baby could fight. He is alive because of his fight. He is the strongest boy I know.

    I never thought I would have to deal with another 24 weeker, but realized when I had H at 18 weeks 4 days that anything can happen. You just have to take the hands that you are dealt in life and try to learn from them. I have. I truly truly believe A was born to teach so many people things about life. And H, well I think he saved the life of another little boy.

    I hope that one day soon I will be able to try again and not have the heartache of the NICU or the death of another child. I think we have had our fair share of crappy dealings in life and we can expect nothing but the best next go!

    And today I think of all of the doctors and nurses who kept my boy alive. My biggest thanks and love goes to Dr. Shah, Dr. Sant’Anna, his primary nurse Danielle, DJ, Joyce, Marg….without all of the love and support you gave to A in his life I know he would not be here!

    And my biggest thanks to A. You have taught me more than anyone could in a lifetime. You have made me slow down in life and enjoy things I never maybe would have.

    You make me laugh. You make me cry. You are just the most perfect child and I am so blessed. Many pity me, pity us but they don’t know what they are missing out on. What you have taught us could not have been taught with a full term, healthy child.

    You have made the love between daddy and I grow to heights I didn’t think love could go. I have never been so in love with someone as I am with him. And the love that he feels for me is just as equal.

    You are the most amazing child and we love you with all of our hearts!


    One response

    1. fehrfamily

      WOW! You brought me to tears.

      Blessings to you all,

      November 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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