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11/16/2012 - Author: Jennifer - 2 Comments
Our NICU Miracle

November 17 is World Prematurity Awareness Day. In honor of that, I will be wearing purple and would like to tell a little bit about my preemie coming into the world

I had heard of the March of Dimes, but never paid attention. Honestly, I didn’t pay attention, wasn’t affected, and didn’t know anyone affected by premature birth. That changed in July of 2010. 
My pregnancy was a surprise and we were thrilled to find out we were having a boy. Our due date was early September. I was going to be pregnant all summer, but knew he was worth it. 
In early July, I was experiencing pain, and was told that baby was moving and I was growing and as long as I didn’t have more than 6 contractions an hour, I didn’t need to do anything different. I was frustrated. I felt like nobody believed me. Yes, I was getting bigger and yes, I would be uncomfortable, but this didn’t feel right. 
On a Monday, I went shopping for a friend who was having a baby and due around the same time as me. Again, I was experiencing discomfort, but I was hoping to make it to my doctor appointment later in the week and talk to him about it. I didn’t want to gain a lot of weight, so I forced myself to take the stairs and do what I could to get a little exercise in. Pregnant women do it all of the time, and I thought that I could to. I was being a wimp.  That Monday, everything changed. I felt my world had stopped and have never felt more afraid at anytime in my life as I did that day. I noticed some bleeding.

I was told to go to the hospital. After awhile, I was admitted. I had pre-term labor. They stopped it for a couple of days, but after my water broke, there was no stopping my son anymore.

My son was born 8 weeks early and stayed in the NICU 26 days. He is a miracle. I was able to get steroid shots that strengthened his lungs and he never had to see a Respiratory Therapist. Yes, those shots HURT, but worth it. Heparin shots are also not fun, but I didn’t have blood clots.

I don’t think that we will ever know why I had pre-term labor, but I am so glad for The March of Dimes and their tireless efforts to raise awareness and save babies.

Thank you to The March of Dimes, NICU staff, and God,  my son is now 2 years old and so much fun. He is healthy and thriving. Yes, we do have speech therapy, but I don’t think it is due to prematurity.

I also want to say to those whose babies did not come home with them, my heart hurts for you and I am sorry. Please believe your angel is in Good hands~~His hands.

Be blessed:)

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Discussion (2 Comments)

  1. What a wonderful post. It was a scary time for everone, but God had and still has a plan for our big guy. Can't wait to see what it is. Gram and Pap wearing purple today for Declan also. Hugs and Kisses to our big guy and his Momma I know it was tough for you trying to keep Dec in as long as possible and you did a great job, it was worth it. Thanks for Blessing our lives with a wonderful grandosn.

  2. He was so beautiful and tiny! What a sweet miracle he is. It’s amazing how many people go through this and really it’s not talked about more. I love that there’s an Awareness Day for it. One of mine was four weeks early and that was scary enough, so I can’t imagine what it was like for you!

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