Today is National Prematurity Day. Millions of babies are born prematurely each year. Did you know that 1 in 10 babies will be born premature?
Kory was that 1 in 10.
Even though you decided to make an appearance 6 weeks before your due date, the day you were born took us all by surprise but it was the best day of our lives. Weighing just 4lb 7oz, you were so small, i couldn’t believe how beautiful and tiny you were. After spending two days in the hospital with you, i was discharged and had to come home but you had to stay longer, you just wasn’t ready to come home yet. It upset me to see you with all these wires and tubes on your little body. Coming home to an empty moses basket every night broke our hearts. I dreaded leaving you in the hospital after a day of visiting, it was horrible and i hated it. I hated it all. It should have been me looking after you. It’s me you should have been waking in the middle of the night for a feed. I didn’t want other people informing me about how you were doing or making decisions on my behalf. I even started to feel resentment towards those taking care of you, thinking to myself that they were trying to take you away from me, for thinking that they could do a better job of taking you of than I ever could and thinking that you may even prefer them to me. Going through that whole experience is the hardest thing i’ve ever had to go through – much harder than the childbirth.
But look at you now…
I am so proud of you, I am so proud of how far you’ve come, what you’ve achieved and the person that you’ve become. You are a true fighter, you’re fire and you are so resilient. Maybe it’s because you’ve had to fight from the minute you were born.
Despite everything we all went through as a family, I will always be eternally grateful to the nurses and all of the staff that looked after you and took care of you like you were their own during your time spent in the nicu. If it wasn’t for them and their hard work, who knows where we would be now.