Well friends it's been 2 years since we brought our little miracle Jaxson home from the NICU! 2 years...can you believe it??? I am humbled and eternally grateful for our journey. We went from not being sure our son would make it, to conquering the NICU rollercoaster for 119 days and him becoming a NICU grad. Over the last 730 days, by the grace of God he has been healthy and free from any hospital re-admissions which for a 22 week preemie is AMAZING! Whew!
I come in contact with people from all around the world and what I've come to realize is that people are in need of hope. The facts of life can sometimes cause us to doubt and feel defeated. I know first hand what its like to have "the hard facts" thrown at you like a rushing wave and leave you grasping for air. Sometimes those hard facts are given by Doctors, or people close to you. I believe that facts don't always align with the truth. You see, when I went into pre-term with my son, he was given a 20% chance of survival. No one could tell us for certain what his outcome would be if we proceeded with medical intervention. That statistic was given based on the fact that he was 22 weeks gestation and not many babies are born that early AND survive. So facts vs. truth were at odds.
Once a year our former hospital has a celebration for all of the little ones who have graduated from the NICU! Invitations are sent out to the families and the anticipation of seeing all of our former NICU nurses and Doctors begins. This was our 2nd reunion and it was so nice to see some of the people who really contributed to the health and wellness of our son. Some of the NICU staff has become such an intricate part of our lives. We saw many of the same faces who diligently cared for Jaxson and remembered him so well. To see his former nurse Rachel who cared for him in the first 36 hours of his life was such a special moment. She was in awe of how big Jaxson is and how well he is doing. Rachel's dedication to her patients is something that both my husband and I really appreciated and the fact that she remembered our family meant a lot to me.