The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013 – inspired by Jodi
This weekend I was flooded with thankfulness. First heart break….then overwhelming thankfulness.
We learned on Saturday that my husband’s twin sister Hannah, who lives in Colorado, went into pre-term labor and delivered her baby boy at just 30 weeks. The cause was unknown, because by the time she got to the hospital she was already 100% dilated and the doctors had to perform an emergency c-section. Obviously, this was not something she was prepared for at all. James was born weighing only 2.5 pounds. The doctor’s said he is doing as well as he can be, but there will be some inevitable bumps down the road given how premature he is. Not to mention a long wait before he can be home and in his mothers arms. My heart broke when I heard the news. I can’t imagine the fear….the uncertainty of those moments leading up to his birth. Not knowing if he would be born with complications or even survive. And then, the feelings of helplessness as a mother, looking at your precious baby, unable to hold him…hooked up to all sorts of machines. I can’t help but cry when I think about it. It makes me want to hold Rylee tight, and thank God for her health and well-being. And it certainly brings a new perspective to the fragility of life.
We will keep praying everyday for this little miracle, for his strength and growth, and if you’re inspired, maybe you can do the same. If you or someone you know has experienced something similar, or if you have a premie “success story”, feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to pass along some encouragement to Hannah.