It's taken me a long time to decide whether or not to write this post. It's not really about teaching and it's certainly not about second grade. But mostly, I've hesitated because the topic itself is rather serious.
You might remember my big pregnancy announcement over the summer, and that my blogging consistency waned quite a bit as I balanced the end of the year and fatigue.
School started this year as usual, but to my surprise I developed a severe pregnancy complication that meant my 27 week gestation baby needed to be born immediately.
So after just one week of teaching and nearly 13 weeks before my due date, I met my sweet baby boy on September 1st. He was incredibly tiny - he weighed just 1 pound 14 oz and measured just shy of 14 inches. We called upon everyone we knew for as many prayers as they could send and braced ourselves for what was sure to be an emotional journey.
Anyone who has ever known someone who had a premature baby (or was blessed to have one in their family) knows that in the NICU, the nurses and doctors tell parents it's a roller coaster, complete with many ups and downs. For my family, it was no different.
Since he was born, we have struggled with many typical medical issues that brought on emotional trauma and stress. We drive 40 minutes each way, each day to the hospital and spend numerous house by his bedside. But the love we feel for our son is incredible and makes every one of these 77 days (and counting) worth it.
Today he his doing great and is totally adorable! He weighs 5lbs 10oz and feels strong and solid. He's eating bottles and spending more time alert and awake. Holding him is the most incredible feeling in the world.
We hope to bring our baby home soon - perhaps by the end of the month - but there really isn't any way to know for sure when he'll be ready. For now we are taking it just one day at a time.
It is very difficult for me to look at the early pictures, but I wanted to share them nonetheless. Having a preemie is really special and I'm sure there are other teachers and moms out there who have walked in these shoes, so I'm putting it all out there. It's not easy, but it's real. Welcome to my little miracle, little g.
With lots of love,