November 17th is a pretty big day to me and to many of my preemie mom friends. It’s a specific day that is set aside for people to put the importance of education about prematurity in your face. We blog, we wear purple, I have friends doing radio spots and some making speeches. Prematurity is a big deal to us because we have experience and we talk because if you don’t have experience we want it to stay that way.
Last year I gave a general blog about premature stats. The stats haven’t changed in the past year. 1 in 8 babies is till born premature. Many babies spend the first days, weeks, and in some cases months in the hospital. This year I want to make it a little more personal and talk about why I had to give birth early. Read the rest of this entry »
Two years ago, to the minute at the time of this writing, my beautiful baby girl came into this world.
For those of you who do not know, she was born 12 weeks early weighing only 1lb 7oz and just shy of a foot long. Now here we are, 730 days later, and she is an absolutely amazing toddler. Wow.
Words cannot describe our entrance into parenthood. But we’ve done our best to paint a picture with this blog. It’s rarely updated these days because much of our time is spent working or just being together as a family. There are a few things I’ve been able to learn while these two years have sped right by. I thought I might share some of them.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun on this one.
Brady has been a blessing to us since day one. Sure we had an array of emotions seeping out of our pours when she was born. But we still knew right away at how blessed we were. In the past two years both Mommy and I have had opportunities to share our story. About what God has done for our family. About how technology played a role in Brady’s survival. And about how we’ve been impacted as a family. It’s such an honor to help and serve others who go through similar experiences.
This one will, in theory, be a continual learning process. Because of Brady I’ve had opportunities I would not have otherwise had. I’ve had experiences I would have not otherwise had. Some of these opportunities and experiences are directly related to serving and loving my wife as Christ did the church. I have the utmost adoration for my bride and can’t believe how blessed I am to have her in my life. One day Brady will know the same to be true for her.
I thought I knew what patience was before Brady came along. After being a dad for a couple of years I have accepted that I may never know what patience is. What I do know, though, is that my God is ready to help me when I need it. His Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. If I can’t find patience it’s because I forgot my lamp.
I’m not sure how many “plans” I’ve had since we found out we were expecting. I do know that most of them haven’t panned out. I’ve realized that I shouldn’t spend so much time planning the details. I should love and serve my God and my family. Then see where it takes us.
I love you!
This has been written for almost 2 weeks. I want to go ahead and post it so it doesn’t sound odd a month from now with the first sentence exclaiming that it’s 2010 and it be February. That would just be silly. Hopefully Erik will get some time to add his thoughts and some pictures to the post and give you a little more than what is already here.
It’s 2010. What?!?! Seriously, time goes by so fast. 10 years ago I was still in high school and a nerd. 10 years later I am a mother and well, still a nerd. So much has changed in the last ten years and the best changes were meeting Erik and having Brady. My life is so much more rewarding thanks to those two very special people.
Lets narrow it down to the past year. This was the last paragraph of my post after the new year,
“Anyway, I am glad 2008 is over and I welcome 2009 with all of it ups and downs and milestones. I thank God for getting us through last year and I know He will be there through the coming year. I thank all of you who have faithfully kept up with our story. I know that I don’t know all of you, and it means so much to me that you care about my family. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!”
I was so ready for 2008 and to be over and I think that was pretty understandable. A lot of unexpected and scary thing happened in 2008 and many of them were recorded on this blog. It’s been really neat to be able to see what I was doing on certain days in 2008 and where Brady was. Although, I was so glad to say goodbye to 2008 it was nice to be able to reminisce. I am a member of an online community called Babycenter.com and one day there was a post asking “what were doing doing this time last year?” I was able to say exactly what I was doing. And it happened to be a year to the day that Erik held Brady for the first time.
Unfortunately Erik and I have not kept the blog up like we should. There are definitely gaps in the story these days, but I would like to recap the some of the milestones of the past year. Milestones are huge for every parent, but for preemie parents each milestone is not so patiently waited for.
There are so many other things that I can’t remember, but in the past year Brady has gone from a baby to a toddler. Everybody said that she would grow up so fast, but I just didn’t realize how fast it would really happen.
For the most part 2009 has been fabulous. Brady has had her share of illnesses but they have all been blips on the screen except for a bout of RSV and pneumonia which put a damper on November. She was in the hospital for 4 long days and got over the pneumonia to get a stomach virus which threatened us with another hospital stay. That never happened (THANKFULLY) but Brady has spent a total 100 days of her short life in the hospital. Wow, that’s a whole lot of time in the hospital for a 17 month old.
Anyway, 2009 has been great. We have so much to be thankful for and we are most definitely thankful to God who has blessed us beyond anything we would have ever imagined. I am sure that 2010 will be wonderful and full of more surprises. Surprises are Brady’s specialty!
I know most of you have some sort of knowledge about prematurity. You read this blog and many of you are loyal followers so you know the trials and tribulations that come with having a preemie from a readers point of view which is a start and better than no knowledge.
The March of Dimes put out their second annual Prematurity Report Card for the USA. Can you believe that 1 out of 8 babies are born prematurely in the United States. That’s insane. We need to educate ourselves on the importance of prematurity. The USA gets a “D” on this report card and Georgia gets an “F”.
Obviously the issue of prematurity is close to my heart. If I had been more educated about my body and the fact that babies are born too early Brady might have stayed put a little longer with the help of bedrest. God obviously has different plans for us and that is ok, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get the word out there to pay attention to your body when you’re pregnant. Don’t think everything is ok. If something seems to be not normal go to the doctor and don’t let them blow you off.
Help the March of Dimes reach their goal of many babies staying put until term. Be educated. Check out www.marchofdimes.com to learn more about prematurity. Let babies like Brady give you a desire to educate yourself about prematurity. They are strong little fighters and you should get to know more about their struggles and how you can be educated and help prevent prematurity.
October 6, 2009
I can’t believe that last time I wrote something was on Brady’s birthday. Time flies when you’re having fun. I guess you could say we are having fun. Brady is definitely a joy to raise. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s amazing that a year ago I was in a hospital bed with my lower abdomen stitched together, Erik was probably sitting in an uncomfortable chair, and Brady was chilling out in her state of the art Giraffe bed. Read the rest of this entry »
For the record, I tried posting this at 10am this morning but the server this blog resides on had issues today…
Today we celebrate the mothers in our lives. Moms, grandmothers, daughters who are now mothers. It’s a wonderful thing to celebrate and this year I have one extra mommy to be thankful for and it’s (obviously) my beautiful wife. She’s done a fantastic job being a mom these past 10 months and I’m so thankful I have her as my wife and Brady has her as a mommy. Brady apparently was saving up for a while because she got mommy an Edible Arrangement for Mommy’s Day. Unfortunately Daddy couldn’t afford anything like that (he gave all his money to Brady) so he just gave mommy a card. Read the rest of this entry »
It is so wonderful being able to take our little girl out and about freely now. We waited so long to be able to do this and now that the time is here we are having a blast. We’ve been able to take her to a number of places (restaurants, malls, etc) and she is just such a good baby. Today marks the first day we were able to be in church as a family. This is obviously more meaningful to us than the malls etc. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday was the much anticipated March for Babies in our Savannah area. I must say that we have been super excited about the walk and everything involved with it. Read the rest of this entry »
Erik and I obviously started this blog with the intention of keeping everyone up to date with Brady’s progress, but this post is going to be a little different. Read the rest of this entry »
Brady Faith was brought into this world 12 weeks premature. This was a result of mommy having pre-eclampsia and there being a reverse blood flow to/from the placenta. Brady wasn't growing like she should and it would have just gotten worse. She weighed 1lb 7oz and was 11 3/4in long. To learn more about Brady and her family click here.