A friend posted an article today that reminded me just how blessed I am to be at home with a happy, healthy (well, except the sniffles) and thriving little baby girl. How blessed I am to have had such an uneventful pregnancy. Such an easy delivery.
I shouldn’t take any of those things for granted.
This article, published today in the Tampa Bay Times, is written by a mother relaying her experience of giving birth to a “micro preemie”, a baby born at 23 weeks, 6 days. It is powerful, raw and gut-wrenching.
It hit home for two reasons.
First, because of the two week old baby I am holding in my arms who was born at the same hospital, under very different circumstances.
Second, because of one of my closest friends, Ali.
Ali is 25 weeks pregnant.
Her water broke on November 26.
Since that time, she has been on bedrest in a hospital in Seattle. Every day that passes is so crucial for her baby girl. The doctors are hopeful that she won’t deliver for a while, but you just never know. One of the hardest parts? She has a two year old son and she will likely (hopefully) be in the hospital for Christmas. Thankfully, she has a wonderful husband as well as amazing friend and family support – and her faith and positive outlook on the situation is absolutely inspiring.
Please keep Ali, her little baby girl Ever Belle, and their family in your thoughts and prayers. I know she would love to receive Christmas cards or other goodies so if you’d like her address at the hospital, let me know and I’ll get it to you!
And in the meantime, remember to not take anything for granted today.