After a short break from meeting my preemies, we are back today with Jamison & Emma. Their complete story can be found here.
About 2/3 of the way through my uneventful pregnancy I called my dad
to take me to the ER when I felt what I learned was a “bulging bag”
escaping my incompetent cervix. Emma & Jamison were born at 25
weeks 0 days after patiently hanging tight for one week of hospital bed
rest. Jamison led the way and throughout his hospitalization seemed to
be more ready than Emma who, although crying upon delivery with one eye
open, had a significantly harder time in the NICU. Jamison was born at 1
pound 11.5 ounces at 13 inches and Emma at 1 pound 7.5 ounces at 13
inches. He stayed in the hospital for 105 days and she came home about a
I resigned from my job and immersed
myself in everything I could related to Emma & Jamison and our new
role as parents of preemies. Jamison was only briefly intubated before
CPAP and then seemingly quickly went to cannula then room air. Once
allowed to eat he did very well with the bottle. Emma was on the jet
ventilator for some time as the typical vent was damaging her lungs, and
also experienced a pneomothorax or collapsed lung requiring a tube to
be placed into her chest. After a fairly typical PDA Emma became very
sick with a significant infection with breathing difficulties, and
erratic blood pressure. I do not fully remember this time as my husband
does, which I believe I have blocked out for now as this was the only
time that we seriously believed that Emma may not survive. She proved
herself to be a fighter and has continued to show us her way each day.
There were many many feeding difficulties that delayed Emma’s homecoming
including vocal cord paralysis, and our struggles continued at home as I
track each milliliter she ate to feel some control over her growing.
and Emma turned 10-months old this past week, are lovingly called my
beef cake & small fry, and last weighed in at 17 pounds and 14
pounds respectively. Most days they can be found at home with me where
they belly laugh at each other, happily eat sweet potatoes, &
light up every time our dog enters the room (or when their dad gets
home). Jamison has kidney stones, and Emma is still on reflux
medication & being monitored in hopes that a small hole in her heart
naturally closes. Those who do not know us cannot see the strength or
frailty of these once micro-preemies, but it is there every day in my
mind and heart as a constant reminder of how amazing they both are.
Thank you momma Anna for submitting this post and photo!