November 17 is world prematurity day and the whole month of November is prematurity awareness month. Did you know that 1 in 10 babies are born premature? I didn’t. While daydreaming about being a mother, I never fathomed my pregnancy would end at 34 weeks. Being the mom of a premature baby is h a r d. Leaving that hospital at discharge without my baby was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It just felt sad and depressing and wrong. We had to wait nearly another month to get that momentous day of bringing home our baby. Visiting her in the NICU was both challenging and rewarding. Challenging for obvious reasons, but so rewarding to have every little milestone she accomplished celebrated with such joy. Nurses and other preemie parents cheer you on for the smallest of smalls but to you they are so big.
I’m so proud of the smart, funny, beautiful child Whitlee has become. She keeps us on our toes but we are reminded every day, and especially today, how insanely blessed we are. Momma and Daddy love you, baby girl. You make our world go round.
Read the beginning of our NICU journey here.