Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sean's 10 today!

Ten years ago today, I was a terrified new mom...

I had just given birth (emergency c-section) to this teeny little guy... all 2 lbs 14 oz of him.

(all you "abortion rights" folks out there, take note -- THIS is what a child at 30 weeks looks like!)




With a head barely the size of my husband's beeper, and feeding tubes and IVs stuck in him, he looked so small and helpless.

We made the hour long trek every day to the hospital, to sit in the NICU with all the other parents of preemies. We got used to the sights and sounds of the NICU, and learned how to read the monitors, how NOT to freak out every time an alarm went off, and how to take care of this little guy.

50 days later, he was finally able to leave the NICU -- all 3 1/2 lbs of him. He was still on a heart monitor, and we had to give him caffeine every morning to ensure that he would be OK, but basically he was a very healthy (albeit small) little boy.

And now, ten years later, here he is..



We are so blessed.

Happy birthday, sweetheart! We love you!

15 comments:

Malia said...

Happy birthday, Bionicle Boy Sean! You've reached double digits!

Hope you have a wonderful party tonight!

Lisa said...

Happy birthday to your handsome son, and to you and your husband, too, as you so share in the day! ~ A mom of three preemies

Matilda said...

Happy Birthday, young man!

What a lovely tribute!

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday! Such a sweet baby and so handsome now!

Ouiz said...

Thank you, everyone! He is a wonderful son and we are so very proud of him!

suburbancowgirl said...

We'll chime late - but Happy Birthday to our fine lookin' Godson!

much love, from the Cowboy and Cowgirl!

Muddy Mama said...

Those pictures are AMAZING!
What a beautiful tribute to your son!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Sean!

ThG said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you got to eat lots of cake and received many Bionicles.

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Oh wow. I think that pictures of preemies are our best assault on the "right to choose" faction. Because really, we keep saving BABIES earlier and earlier and earlier...and it is hard to argue that a 25 or 27, or 30 week old is just tissue when in other circumstances he'd look like your boy.

What a fine looking young man. Happy Birthday, Sean!

Kristen Laurence said...

Happy (belated) Birthday, Sean! What gorgeous pictures - a beautiful baby and a very handsome boy!

Beth said...

Wow! He was so tiny and now he looks so big and strong :)

What a handsome boy! GREAT pictures!

patjrsmom said...

What a beautiful story, and what an awesome witness to life!

Jane

SuzanneG said...

happy birthday, Sean!!!!
What an amazing story!

Malia said...

The pro-abortion crowd came to mind when my 20-month old daughter looked at the pictures of preemie Sean and, with an excited intake of breath, said, "Oohh, baby! Iss baby!"

I guess it takes a toddler sometimes to state the obvious, doesn't it?