Tyler was born 6 weeks early. I woke up in the middle of the night, and my water broke. No reason, and no known reason why. He weighed 5lbs 11oz, and lived in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for 2 weeks. He couldn’t hold his own temperature, so he lived under a heat lamp, and had a gavage tube in his nose to his stomach for food. At that age he just needed a little more practice to learn how to “suck, swallow and breathe” to properly nurse.
This is where the March of Dimes comes in to play.
They research WHY my water broke so early, and how to prevent it. The research HOW to keep babies from being born early and how to keep them alive and healthy while the are in the NICU. They are the sole reason the Polio epidemic was put to rest. Imagine what further research can do for premature babies… or even how to prevent a premature birth! Your money goes to good use too, .75 cents of every dollar is put to research. Not only have I experienced the incredible things that the MOD’s did for my own child, but being a volunteer, I’ve seen what they do for other families as well, and it’s pretty incredible.
To put into perspective:
- Tyler was born 6 weeks early, no reason why. Presley, was born on time.
- Tyler spent his first two weeks of life in the NICU, Presley came home with us the next day.
- I had Post Partum Depression and HUGE amounts of anxiety bringing home a baby that was no longer on monitors. I checked him every 5 minutes.
- Presley, we felt like we were stealing simply because it didn’t feel like it was time to go!
~Unknown: “There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world”
A little slide show of Tyler!