Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Every morning at rounds they would go through what I called the "day of life" lecture. A nurse would read what age he was born, what happened on days of life, and what day of life he was currently at, and what there next plan of action for the day or week was for him. On the 83 day, the day we got to go home, his room was filled with nurses as they read his chart, and there wasn't a dry eye in that room as we got to that day, at all the miracles God was able to accomplish through his life in those 83 days! It was then the doctor put his hands on my shoulders and told me "Mommy I truly believe this baby is meant to accomplish something great!" "He has been such a rock star, and God must have big plans for this boy." ! That conversation I don't think I will ever forget. But sometimes I just have to stop all the worries and daily battles, I struggle with, and remind myself that he is right. I don't know what God's purpose is for my baby, but I know that He has one, and that He is using all these things to mold me and my little man for that purpose. My hands are so busy, and my schedule is so full with everything we have to do to catch up. But my hands are full of good things!! They are filled with the blessings of God, for choosing us to be here facing these things. AND we are RIGHT ON TIME, in His hands as he is developing us!!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It is hard to believe that a year ago our, Miracle ‘Mikro’, Michael Lee Wilson, III entered this world!! He was born weighing 1 pound 15 ounces, today he is 19 1/2 pounds! He was carried in the arms of so many wonderful prayers said by so many friends and family. He was tiny, but he was also mighty! Some of his greatest accomplishments in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were, 1) He was off the baby venulator within a few hours after birth and never had to go back on it! 2) He had no bleeding on the brain! 3) He never had to receive a blood transfusion! 4) His eyes were perfect, His ears were perfect, and He was just perfect!In the first month he did get an infection on his intestines, but we were able to medically treat that with no surgery! Some of his first outfits were from build- a- bear and they were to large!
After 83 days in the NICU we were able to go home together as a family for the first time!
Today Michael still continues to amaze us! He has the brightest smile, which just lights a room with happiness, and brings so much hope for all on what God was able to accomplish through him and his life in just one year!
As I look back and reflect over this year I can’t help but be thankful beyond thankful for all the great people in my life who stood by us, while we were in the hospital. Who visited, who called, who prayed! We wouldn’t be were we are today without all those caring things!
I owe Mike Lee’s nurses some of the greatest thanks! They held me up, so that I could hold my baby. They educated me on terms and conditions, so that I could be the mother I needed to be. They were amazing and I am deeply thankful for them! I am also thankful for the Ronald McDonald House for giving me a place near my son, I could call home, they have so many volunteers, and I am forever grateful for them!
I am thankful that Mike Lee has so many wonderful people in his life, and I am mostly thankful that God chose to answer my prayers, and not only let my son live but thrive!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
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Friday, March 11, 2011
So what is a Micro Preemie? Many people have never heard the term, and to be honest I had never heard it until my water broke early, and more than likely I would be having one!! Any way a Micro Preemie is a baby born before 28 weeks and under 2 Ibs. But raising awareness for me is not just about getting the facts and terms out there. Its more like raising understanding about what your baby has gone through and still goes through after leaving the NICU, because your baby although born early your journey is NOT the journey of a preemie.
Discovering I was pregnant was the most wonderful feeling in the world! Michael and I were so excited, and we were scared at the same time! I had a previous early miscarriage, and that is such a dreadful experience! So we were holding are breath especially in the beginning as the weeks went by and I was getting larger and hearing a healthy heartbeat we started feeling more and more at peace and just pure excitement at being pregnant. At 20 weeks we discovered we were having a boy, and that was one of the best nights of our life! We had a baby reveal party and it was just so incredible. I am glad for that moment, because not long after that at 24 weeks my water broke!! And that was the most scared I have ever been, finding out in the hospital that your water broke, it was horrifying!! Fortunately I hadn't dilated very far so I was able to make it 2 weeks on bed rest. Those are the 2 weeks I am most thankful for in my life! They were two weeks of turmoil, accepting the fact I was about to start a different journey and learning as much about early birth as I could soak in. Yet finding peace because the little one still inside you needs to feel your calmness to grow as strong as possible. I told myself I wouldn't allow myself to feel the worry until everything was fine. I still almost a year later at night and in the quiet struggle with those feelings. It was there on bed rest I heard the term Micro Preemie for the first time. I remember typing those words in a laptop in the middle of the night in the hospital bed and the first thing that appeared was funeral clothing! Saying a prayer to God to let my journey and my baby be different. There were so many minutes of peace and turmoil in those prayers!!
Then I started showing signs of the infection, and feeling labor pains. We knew then it was just a matter of time. And I would be lying if I didn't say as the contractions got closer and closer together I found it harder and harder to not worry. Then the doctor's announced they would be performing a c-section on me withing the hour! I was so afraid while they were prepping me for surgery. I had always dreamed of having a baby naturally, and I was just scared about having a baby so early!! Finally they let Michael come into the room with me, and having him there really calmed me down! Now I feel so bad for him, because he could hear, and UNDERSTAND all the numbers the doctors were saying about our baby and He got to see Michael Lee as they wheeled him into the NICU!
It was many hours later before I was able to see my baby. Most of our family was able to view him before I was. I hope that doesn't sound like a complaint because for me in these set of circumstances trust me its not! Our journey ended up being a really great journey compare to most Micro's and fairly smooth even though it was long! Michael Lee Wilson,III was born weighing 1 Ibs. 15 ounces! Today he is almost 11 months and 18 Ibs. Our journey is not yet over, and we still have struggles because of his early birth, but there isn't a night that goes by that I can't be thankful for all the struggles because I have such a bundle of joy. I see my baby smile, I even hear a loud cry and feel thankful, because he sounds like a BIG baby with healthy lungs!!