A little miracle

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,

Me :)


36 comments

  1. He's is just precious. What a blessing! Hang in there mom. I know it can't be easy but man is that little cutie worth it. Congrats!
    Crystal

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  2. Oh Kate, Thank you for sharing this beautiful post!!! It brought tears to my eyes! I'm sorry for the struggle you all are going through but he is most certainly a miracle baby and is blessed by God! I will continue praying for you all and I pray he can make his way home soon! He is so precious!!!! God bless you all!!!

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  3. <3 he's beyond words adorable! The one month pic with the beanie is my fav! Excited for the day when you two get to bring your sweet boy home. What an amazing boy he is! Stay strong and take care of yourself!!

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  4. You are a strong and blessed mama. Our son was also in the nicu(for different reasons), but I can relate about the roller coaster ride. It took me a long time to stop asking why. Now wee say why not. I realized our beautiful baby boy was given to us as he is for a very specific reason. For that we are blessed and so are you. Hang in there mama! He is beautiful and growing so quickly!

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  5. My prem baby is now an 18 year old. It is a roller coaster, but enjoy every precious moment.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this. Your little boy is so precious. It is amazing to hear how your love for him overcomes the struggles that you and your family are facing. I am praying that he will continue to grow stronger and healthier, so that he can come home soon.

    God bless!

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher

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  7. Oh, Kate...Little G is precious beyond words. What a rollercoaster you guys have been through and what strong parents you two make. Praying for him to continue improving at that you have him home before 100 days!!! Much love to you all. <3 Lisa

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  8. Blessings and prayers for you and your little one.

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  9. He is so precious. What a scary thing you have just gone through. I'm thinking and praying for you and little G. What a sweet precious boy. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Kate...I cannot even imagine what you are going through. I just want to say, thank you for sharing your story. This little guy is the cutest thing I have seen. He looks so sweet, especially in his mommy's arms. Cherish every second of every day with this little one. He is truly your family's blessing!!!!! My prayers are with you as you continue your journey. Stay strong for your little one!!

    Christin
    Shifting Teacher K-2

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  11. What a precious gift you have been given! And what a cutie :) Hope he comes home soon <3

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  12. Your little G is just beautiful! What a precious gift you have been given. I cannot even begin to imagine the highs and lows you have gone through, but your post will be an inspiration to others that are going through this type of journey. I hope he gets to come home to you soon!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  13. Thank you for sharing this post! Your little G is absolutely gorgeous and he is blessed to have a mom like you!!! Prayers going up for you guys and hoping that he comes home soon! :)

    Nicki
    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

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  14. Oh he is absolutely precious and so beautiful! Congratulations to you and know you and your family are in my prayers. What a beautiful blessing from God!! :) -Christina

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  15. Congratulations!!!! The pictures are amazing!!! He is adorable!!!
    Michelle
    www.mrsscotese.blogspot.com

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  16. Congratulations! Little G is absolutely precious. You are amazing! I can't imagine how difficulty these weeks have been. Keep that positive attitude! :)

    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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  17. Your post brought me to tears. What a little miracle he is! Thank you for sharing him with all of us!

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  18. Now that I'm finished crying, I just want to thank you for sharing this precious little one and this very personal part of your life. It's inspiring and very encouraging.

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  19. Congrats on the new baby. He's a teeny tiny cutie pie. I love the pumpkin pic:) I hope he gets to come home soon!

    Deniece

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  20. My preemie just started his sophomore year in college. Although he was born later in my pregnancy, I understand the ups and down and the not knowing and the hoping, wondering, helplessness. Your baby is beautiful. The hospital memories will fade and you will experience the love and joy of a lifetime. Enjoy every minute...

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  21. What a sweet, darling boy! Thank you for sharing such a personal story about your journey with little g. Sending a prayer so you can finally bring him home soon!

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  22. This brought tears to my eyes. He is so extremely precious. Thank you for opening up to us & allowing us to share in your struggles. We will be praying for your sweet little family!!

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  23. Yay ... I am so SO excited to meet your little angel and to know about the progress this little super hero has made. What a blessing you are to him ... and vice versa. Prayers for peace, for strength, for wisdom, and for love!

    Barbara

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  24. Thanks for sharing a touching post. You are an inspiration! Your baby is beautiful and precious. Hope he can come home soon. God Bless him and your family.
    My baby, who is now nine years old, was a late preemie. My pregnancy, at the time, had its' own ups & downs, but with faith and hope, we were able to overcome those downs. To this day, I thank God for giving him to me.
    Sending prayers to you and your little one,
    Najda

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  25. Congratulations, Kate! He's absolutely precious! It's wonderful hear that he's making such good progress. I hope you get to bring him home very soon.
    --Chrissy
    Firstgradefoundme.blogspot.com

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  26. I LOVE him, and you! I cannot wait to see you and snuggle him. He has been in all of our prayers these 77 days!!! Sending you LOVE today and always!

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  27. Happy National Premie Day today.
    My granddaughter was born last November 14, at a few ounces shy of 2 lbs. Unfortunatley she passed away on December 10. I smile each time I see a little premie, as I remember her. God bless your little one. Congratulations.

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  28. Thank you for sharing with us. He's precious! My sister was a preemie and born 2 months early. She's now pregnant with her 2nd child. Praying for your sweet baby and you!

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  29. Thank you for sharing...what a sweet little reminder of all the little things to be thankful for.

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  30. Oh, Kate! He is simply beautiful! What a blessing! Sending prayers for all of you, especially Little G! He is perfect!
    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  31. Praying for you and your sweet baby boy!! He is PRECIOUS!!!

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  32. I love the last picture with his beautiful smile. You are a mom now and the strength that comes with that is unbelievable. Sending you hugs.
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  33. What a precious baby boy! Congratulations! My co-worker just had her baby at 24 weeks in September and it has been amazing to see his growth. So similar to your little guy. Such wonderful miracles. Hugs to you all!

    Karyn

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  34. Your boy is precious! Fearfully and wonderfully made. Praying for the day you can tuck him into bed and all be under one roof.

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  35. Congratulations on your miracle! He is so precious. Take care and enjoy your family.

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  36. So precious! Thanks so much for sharing and prayers for all of you.

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