For my oldest- 18 hours of labor-- 4 of which I pushed (while on NO meds) ended up in a c-section when he just wouldn't come out. For my middle, a scheduled c-section that went just as planned. And for my baby- Ryder, I had it all planed out. The c-section was scheduled the day after the release of the latest Twilight movie. We would go to the movie- me big and pregnant and then the next day head to the hospital for the planned surgery and birth.
Rewind 8 weeks from that time. We were on our last vacation before the baby came, 8 weeks before my due date over 600 miles from home and my water broke. It wasn't from too much strenuous activity- I was sitting in the middle of an LDS Temple Session; it wasn't from some infection-- in fact in the end they have no idea why my little guy chose to come 8 weeks early.
I lay in the hospital, tired, scared and trying to keep that baby in as long as possible.
Two days later on May 14th Ryder was born weighing (a big for his age) 4 lbs 9 oz. I sometimes forget how truly tiny he was. His entire hand would wrap just around the tip of my finger.
The next 19 days I spent my days and nights split between the NICU and spending the time with my other children. I will forever be indebted to not only the wonderful NICU nurses but my in-laws and sister-in-law for watching my other two children while I spent most of my time in the hospital.
We had our bumps and problems along the way, including not gaining weight and horrific reflux- but now he is a wonderful healthy happy adorable 2 1/2 year old.
So tomorrow- I will be reflecting and help raise awareness of premature births for World Prematurity Awareness Day.
Here is a video I made shortly after Ryder's 1st birthday that tells a little of his story and shows him growing up. It is still one of my favorite videos I ever made.
To read more about Ryder's story- just click here or the NICU tab on my sidebar.