Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Would You Like to See a Miracle?

When I let too much time pass without posting on a blog, I start to feel like I need something really momentous to break my silence--and, that often means that I don't post for months. Or, in this case, a little over a year.

Fortunately, something momentous happened.

My fake nephew, Jesse, was born early Sunday morning.

I'm going to show him to you in a minute--he's incredibly beautiful--but first I want to tell you a little about Jesse's arrival.

He wasn't due until March 28.

That means he was only 24 weeks in the making when he made his very unexpected arrival into the world at 4:25 a.m. on December 13. He weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces. His mom, who has been one of my closest friends for years, went straight into surgery after his birth.

If this all sounds terrifying to you, you're not alone. It's been a very intense few days. He's in an incubator, on a ventilator and getting blood transfusions.

Don't worry. There's a lot of good news, too. But first, take a look at him.

See how he has all those tiny, perfect features? Aren't you a little in love with him already? No? Just me? (I don't even believe you.)

So, here's some of the good news:

His mom is fine and home already.

He's in day four as I write this. Four days! That means he made it through the trauma of being born unexpectedly AND through the transition where he lost mom's hormones and immunities and had to fend for himself...and he's still kicking.

He IS kicking. And waving his arms. He may look like a sparrow, but this kid has SPIRIT. Maybe it's not entirely good news that he's trying to pull out his breathing tube and push the protective pads off of his eyes, kind of is, isn't it? He's putting up a fight. We need that.

Of course, there are a lot of challenges ahead, and a lot of unanswered questions right now. So, if you're the praying type, please consider adding Jesse to your intentions. If you happen to have a prayer circle or Bible study or just a group of friends or family you can ask to do the same, please do. If you're not religious and you have some positive energy or intentions to the universe or any type of good vibrations at all, we'd welcome them, and so would his moms.

The kid is putting in a valiant effort, but you can't do it all on your own when you weigh less than two pounds...or when you've just given birth to someone who does.

Read the next update here.


Mimi said...

Thank you for sharing. This is indeed a miracle. Love and prayers are being lifted and surrounding this family.

Misty said...

I had a tiny, tiny miracle baby on Christmas Day 2003--he was due April 1. Our boy was 1 lb 11 oz. he came home after 100 days in the NICU--now he's 5'3" (still skinny, but that's in his genes) and super athletic and smart. I will hold this sweet family in the light:)

The SchaefMan said...

I am the praying type, as you know, and I have been everyday. It's good to know mom's name now, so I can had her to the list more specifically. That this little man is still with us is nothing short of a miracle, and I pray that God chooses to leave him here to bless his mom and all of their friends.