Friday, November 25, 2011

In Gratitude - Part 3

“I am thankful that we are both alive and well and we owe that to the amazing maternity and neonatal staff. I am thankful for the UK's National Health Service who gave us those staff.
Lexie Wilson
Born 30 weeks by emergency c section
2lb 4.5oz / 1030g
Mum and baby both survivors of the deadly pre eclampsia.”  -Katherine

“When I had Samuel at 24 weeks, I couldn't imagine being thankful for anything related to his extreme prematurity.  I was heartbroken, terrified, angry, and exhausted.  My child was sick and fighting more medical issues at one time than a cancer patient (I know...because I have been one.)  
However, as time passed, I realized that I didn't have a few things to be thankful for - instead, his prematurity opened up a world of thankfulness that I hadn't known before.  How can you adequately express how grateful you are for your child's life?  And it wasn't just his survival that I was thankful for...each month I found myself ecstatic over little and big things alike: the first time he wore clothes, the first time he took a bottle, his first ride in a car seat, the day he FINALLY came off the oxygen, and of course, every milestone that he worked so hard for....rolling, sitting, crawling, and walking.  I can't say that there is one
 thing that I am thankful for in regards to Samuel.  There's just too much to say.  Instead, I am thankful that this experience has taught me to appreciate all of the things I never would have otherwise...the things that the average parent doesn't KNOW to be thankful for.  I am thankful to be thankful.”  -Sarah

 “I am thankful that…you were born with such might and ready to fight, you can finally breathe all by yourself after all those attempts and your lungs allow me to hear you cry.  I am thankful you can see, you can hear and you have good muscle tone.  I am thankful all of your surgeries were all a success…I am thankful you like to eat, your weight gain has amazed us all. I am thankful…for the strength God gave us to get through all the ups and downs of  your NICU stay, for everyone that has come into our lives after your birth, for our friends' generosity and kindness, for every doctor and every nurse that has taken care of you since the day you arrived. I am thankful for every person who has helped feed, change, burp and hold you, for every smile you give me and for every sound you make, especially your coos and ga-goos, for our snuggles and all the kisses you let me give you, for your smell, even when after you’ve spit up all your milk. I am thankful for your daddy who loves me unconditionally and for your sister who understands so much. I am thankful you have made me such a strong person, a better person and overall a better mom. I am thankful God gave you to me, our family is now complete.”  -Angelica

 “To say that I am thankful for Kai's health is an understatement. From day one he has given me so much to be thankful for. I always wanted a little boy and I am extremely thankful he chose us as his family. Although he came into our lives with an unexpected arrival there is not one thing I would change about his journey so far. Its all the little things, all the ups and downs, all the support, all the strength and courage, all the milestones that makes me realize how lucky and thankful I am that Kai is who he is.”  -Ashley

“I am thankful that my son, Jack, is here.  The past year, 
since his early arrival at 28 weeks, has been stressful and full of anxiety, but looking at him and his smile makes it all worth it!  I'm especially thankful that it finally feels like we might just get to keep him!  (I'm sure most preemie parents know that feeling.)"   -Heather

“This Thanksgiving I am thankful for Strength.
Owen's strength to live. Strength to endure all he has endured.
Strength to fight.
Our family's strength to be able to handle whatever life throw our way.

I am thankful for perspective.
God has given me amazing perspective
And I thank God that we are truly able to
be thankful for the little things in life.

Our boys are home, alive, and strong.
I am thankful!”  Kathleen

“First and foremost, I am extremely thankful for my son's fighting spirit. Somehow, someway, he survived for about six to seven weeks in utero after my placenta stopped working until his emergency delivery. Cayden Russ arrived in this world weighing 1lb 5.9oz and was 12.5 inches long. Cayden fought hard during his 124 day NICU stay, struggling to overcome what should have been insurmountable odds. His fighting spirit still shines as he works to overcome the difficulties his prematurity have presented for him. I'm thankful for the little things....the little things that we were told we may never get to experience with Cayden. I'm thankful for his charming smile, his infectious giggle, his sweet hugs, and his open mouth kisses. I'm thankful that I get to snuggle him every night and for his little hand as he holds mine. I'm thankful as I watch him walk across the room. I'm thankful that I get to watch him grow and develop and continue to "beat the odds" at his pace, especially when he exerts his independence. My heart swells every time he blows me kisses or as he makes his little index finger and thumb in the shape of an "L" to sign in his modified manner "I Love You". I try so hard not to take those little things for granted and appreciate them for what they are, everyday miracles. Things could have been so different, yet, God chose me to be his mama, and for that, I'm the most thankful. It's the best job in the entire world. I love this little boy more than words can express. He's amazing!”  -Tami

 “Our twins were born at 23 weeks 5 days.  They both had PDA surgeries in the NICU.  After 133 days, we were able to bring both Camdyn and Cade home from the hospital.  I am thankful for advances in the field of neonatology as well as for the power of prayer.  I am thankful that both of my twins survived.  They are now 19 months old and doing very well.  I am thankful that my son, Cade, now eats!  I'm thankful that both of the twins are healthy and meeting their milestones.  We are thankful every day for our little miracles.”  -Michelle

This concludes our In Gratitude series. This series has probably been the most touching project we've ever worked on here at Life with Jack. Thank you to all the preemie parents who helped us out. You inspire us! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
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BethAnn said...

i absolutely LOVED reading all these stories of gratitude!!!

Michelle said...

I have loved this series. There are so many amazing stories of survival and hope.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and thank you for putting together this inspiring series.

Angie said...

This was absolutely wonderful! Thanks again for doing this! Do all these families have blogs? I would love to read more about them. Have a great week!