Tears well up in my eyes when I think about how far we have come. When the Doctors said NO, God said YES! Not all babies come home from the NICU. Not all 22 week babies are saved and given a chance to live. Statistically, 24 weeks is viable and nothing less. I am VERY thankful for my OB Dr. LIpeles who took the risk and listened to me through tear stained eyes and the desperate pleas of my heart. All I wanted was for the team to give my baby boy a chance. What they gave us is a gift that I will hold onto for the rest of my life.
In this day and age a lot of focus goes to mommy and baby and the doting daddy is left waiting in the wings. In my marriage and when it comes to parenthood, I have always expressed how important it is to me that my husband feel special and not be put on the back burner. He's totally fine with not having the spotlight on him. However, he's my man and I love him so I go the extra mile to let him know that he is appreciated. The bond he and Jaxson share is so amazing to watch. We prayed for a son long before he was conceived and God gave us what we asked for. I'd like to say that Jaxson is only obsessed with me, but boy does he love his daddy! They have such a special relationship and I am very blessed to witness the love and laughter between these two.
I recently had the opportunity to partner with JORD WOOD WATCHES and I was able to bless my husband with an amazing gift. Although Marc doesn't wear much jewelry he can appreciate a nice watch. To say he was pretty happy with his surprise is putting it lightly. He has worn it every chance he can and it compliments his style very well. Something that really caught my attention is how beautifully crafted it is. It's not flashy or traditional which allows it to subtly stand out and make a statement. This watch is so beautiful and lightweight and Marc absolutely loves it and receives compliments on it. I think when a man feels good, and has that extra confidence it allows him to be his best. Marc takes his responsibility as a husband and father very serious and I hope that I can continue to be a blessing to him just as he's been to me!
I have partnered with JORD for a fun little giveaway! The timing couldn't be more perfect considering the holidays are quickly approaching! Winner will receive a $75 voucher, and all those who enter will be given a $20 gift card to JORD wood watches!
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The contest will close November 20th at 11:59pm. Both the $75 and the $20 codes will expire on January 1st, 2017.
Being the mother of a preemie causes you to celebrate and appreciate each and every accomplishment. Because of Jaxson's life I have learned to cherish the little things. There are so many things in this life that many people take for granted. Begin able to suck, swallow and breathe without complications or have consistent bowel movements without issues. Our little fighters have worked hard to do these things and overtime it becomes the norm and you begin focusing on tackling the next milestone.
Its well known that a premature child can face delays in different areas. Thankfully, Jaxson has pretty much stayed on track with his development. He has excelled in the area of gross motor skills and is getting better with fine motor skills. For weeks we have been working with him to perfect (so to speak) these skills. Using his pincer grasp (index finger and thumb) to eat and grab things, point, show 1 finger as in, "I am 1", etc. He knows how to clap and wave and you can see his little mind trying to figure out how to separate his little fingers and mimic what I am doing. Its pretty amazing to see! He really responds well to things, if we say "kick" he will kick! "Clap", he claps! "Say Cheese", he will give the most gorgeous smile!
Well, last night after he ate his dinner he was a bit fussy as if he wanted something else. I decided to give him some baby puffs in hopes that he would not only eat it, but maybe take them from me and transfer to his mouth. I took about a handful and held my hand out to him. He looked at my hand and reached to grab a puff. He took one at a time using his index finger AND thumb, and ate them! I ran to get my phone so that I could document this moment. Until last night he had NEVER done that! I was so so excited and began cheering him on. As his mother, it is my number one job to be his greatest supporter, his number one fan, his teacher! I take that responsibility seriously! To some, this may not be a big deal but for my husband and I, hitting these small yet meaningful milestones is AH-MAZING! Jaxson was given a 20% chance and we were told that he would have developmental delays. We didn't know what THAT would look like and thankfully it hasn't been as scary as we thought it COULD be. He doesn't seem delayed honestly and that's a blessing.
He is 15 months (actually) and 11 months (corrected) and no he isn't fully walking yet, or fully eating solids like other kids his age but gosh he is still beyond amazing and happy to just be alive. What more could I ask for? I stopped comparing my baby to others a long time ago. Comparison is the thief of joy and I didn't want to discredit Jaxson from his great strides by looking to my left or right at what another child his age was doing. I'm thankful that his brain is developing and that he is learning everyday. I don't take the little things for granted. Our story could've been completely different considering all of the cold hard facts-But God! He saw fit to bless Jaxson in such a way that brings hope to others. Everyday is a miracle, and we will NEVER stop celebrating each little thing.
I dare you to try it. When you are feeing down and out, just take a moment to breathe in fresh air. For there is someone somewhere fighting for the chance to just breathe. Take a moment to appreciate the fact that you CAN eat orally without a feeding tube or digestive issues. Look around and I'm sure you will find beauty and gratification in the little things.