Thursday, November 17, 2011

World Prematurity Day

November 17th, 2011, is World Prematurity day... and because both my beautiful baby boys were born premature, i'm celebrating by wearing purple (the colour of the cause) and also by sharing the collages i made for the WPD facebook group showcaing how far these amazing boys have come. 

 Chewie was born at 32 weeks, he was 4lbs 11oz at birth and spent 18 days in NICU.  I remember thinking when he was born that i had never seen a baby that small before.  It was love at first sight.

Today Chewie is three years old, runs around like a crazy person, has an extremely high vocabulary and asks questions a million miles a minute.  He is my cuddle bum, my gymnast, my 'star-wers' fanatic and my budding author. 

Artoo was born at 33 weeks - he weighed 3lbs 15 oz.  He stayed in a whole week longer, and weighed almost a full pound less!  He was officially the smallest baby i ever held.  He stayed in NICU for 30 days, then in the Pediatric ward for another 10.  His life has been a roller coaster ever since he arrived, full tilt!  Now he's over 25lbs, he's sitting unassisted, eating solid foods, and even spending a little time on his knees.  He's a little behind as far as physical development, but he's perfect. And i love him. 

Being a parent, especially with two rocky starts, has been an emotional ride beyond anything i've ever experienced.  My boys have made me a better person, even if i am a little bit of a cranky mom some days (chocolate usually fixes that).  And even though i sometimes remember the days when we were free to come and go as we pleased, to sleep in until 11 on weekends, etc, etc, i wouldn't trade any of this... for the world.  i love you, babies!!


this week's zentangle challenge can be found here

6 comments:

  1. I love the way you love your boys and so willingly share them with us so we can love on them too! Great photos.

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  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing yourself and your boys.

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  3. I can't think of a better reason to celebrate. Chewie and Artoo are each amazing and an inspiration for others. I love hearing about their wonderful, normal lives. That is a real credit to you and your husband. It doesn't sound like these two guys are sheltered from the world but rather encouraged to explore. Right on!!!

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  4. Love your 2 beautiful boys, Artoo is looking all grown up! XOXO Zoe

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  5. Laura, Your life account as being scripted out by you, day by day at a time, tending two lovely, innocent souls, Chewey and Artoo, is developing into a great human interest story.
    A mother's unconditional love can indeed change destiny! Our prayers are with you and both little guys.

    Dilip

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  6. Hmm... how weird is it that I was born on November 17 and I was three months early! Wow. I love your pics and your stories; thanks for sharing.

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tangle me some zen, baby!!