Friday, March 18, 2011

Today, My Baby Is 7

I can't believe my baby is 7 yrs old today. I don't know about everyone else, but kid birthdays always bring me back to that moment/day when they were born.

Today, Ryan is on my mind. A few weeks before Ryan was born, we found out that I had IUGR, that Ryan was not growing, and that he would have to be delivered early. We were told all the possible problems and what a stay in the NICU could entail.

7 yrs ago, I was sitting beside Ryan's isolate in the NICU just watching him. I wasn't even allowed to open the little door and hold his hand.

I remember being worried for him, but knowing that he was doing better then everyone thought. I remember wondering how Matthew, only 15 months old, was going to deal with Mommy rooming in at the hospital to be close to the new baby so I could pump and feed him when the time came. I remember wondering how long before all of this would be behind us.

Ryan did very well and 5 days later, came home weighing 4 lbs 3 oz. I remember thinking 'am I even allowed to take such a little baby home?'

He was small (first day home)

But he grew quickly. (1 month and the last day he wore that preemie outfit!)

And today, I can look back and know that all of that is behind us. My boy is 7 today.

Happy Birthday Ryan!


Allie said...

Happy Birthday to Ryan!

Sympathypains said...

Happy birthday!!!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Ryan!!!!! Hope his day was fabulous! Miss you Jo-Ann.