I like to think that I can be perfectly honest with you, my readers. For the most part I am witty as some of you have described the blog, but in this post I am offering up a softer side that I don't usually reveal. By now most of you know that our precious Little Pope spent 21 days in the NICU after arriving 6 weeks early. In the moment of it all the Nutrition Nazi and myself really did not have time to sit around and think about what was going on because there simply was not time. Very quickly we became distanced from the pain, literally and figuratively, of what was happening deeming it all as necessary.
One day, though, while innocently watching the Olympics we saw this commercial (above) and everything we had forgotten we pushed away came back with a vengeance. To watch the babies in the isolettes hooked up to breathing and feeding tubes and IVs was really difficult even though we have been thorough it all. It brought back the intense roller coaster ride of emotions that come with having a baby in the NICU, and the sadness of seeing someone else have to go through the same experience.
The moment that really pushed it over was when the lady is talking about getting to hold her baby for the first time. I remember the first time I held our little one (above) and exactly what she was going through physically and emotionally. It is a moment of great joy, but great concern for getting your baby healthy enough to go home.
Two months later everyday is still a battle of the unknown and trying to keep our expectations to a minimum, but we are happy to say our little one now weighs 7 lbs 6 oz and is 21 inches long. While this may not seem like much for a normal baby he has basically doubled in size. He is still too little for his age for him to even be ranked in a percentile, but he continues to amaze us every day, especially the growth of his attitude.
It truly is amazing how well the medical staff, with the right tools, can give a baby a fighting chance that may not have made it otherwise. At the end of the day we are so grateful for the technology in this commercial that I hope I never see again.
Have a great week and be thankful for all that you have been given in life!