world prematurity day

Here we are, another year of world prematurity day. It is one day I do like to acknowledge, even though Lincoln now is 7 years old and his birth feels like a life time ago, the reality is and will always be, he was born extremely early and his life will forever be impacted by his prematurity. It is important to spread awareness about premature birth and labour, doctors do not screen for it until usually it is too late and a lot of women do not know the signs. If you are pregnant and are before 24 weeks you usually haven't had your gestational diabetes screen, which if going undetected  can actually bring on premature labor, same thing infection, cervical shortening, even something as simple as being anemic can cause premature labor, there are actually a ton of different causes but for someone like me, you may just have to accept you will never know what caused it, this is why research for premature labor and birth is SO important, it has even advanced so much that from my pregnancy with Autumn i was offered a cervical cerclage (which was horrible for me, but is successful for people with incompetent cervixes which I do not have) but with my pregnancy with ryder i was offered progesterone which is helping lots of women not go into premature labor as a preventative measure, it is so wonderful to see science and technology advances in even just the past 7 years since Lincoln was born. 

Lincolns birth was such a blur and I know I've talked about it so many times on here so I wont bore everyone, but when I look back at his photos I can't believe Andrew and I actually went through that, it was such a crazy time in our lives and now seeing our 7 year old son I can't believe it was him in those photos. After a 104 day hospital stay, 3 surgeries (pda ligation on his heart, laser eye surgery for advanced stage 4 ROP and bi lateral hernia surgery) and Lincoln coming home on oxygen which he had for 6 months, now we have a healthy 7 year old, he is small for his age (even adjusted premature age), has been diagnosed with DCD and has some developmental delays but he is here and we are so freaking lucky!! So If you are pregnant and ANYTHING feels strange or off, don't hesitate to go in, even if its nothing its better to be checked, also demand an internal check, because I went in a week before I had Lincoln and they thought I was just having round ligament pain but never did a cervical check, which if they did they probably would have noticed some shortening on my cervix, so honestly it's really important to let your doctor know. 

some more information if you need, there is lots on the web. http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/preterm-labor-and-premature-baby.aspx

anyways happy prematurity day, preemies are so special and may we celebrate the ones that are still here, and are thankful for the other ones, no matter how short their precious little lives were, that they touched your life in a special way. 

 this was the first time I saw Lincoln, even though I couldn't see him, he was so tiny I didn't believe he was actually in there, I had just woken up from anesthetic and was told they were taking him to foothills. He was born at 24 weeks at 680 grams. 

this was the first time I saw Lincoln, even though I couldn't see him, he was so tiny I didn't believe he was actually in there, I had just woken up from anesthetic and was told they were taking him to foothills. He was born at 24 weeks at 680 grams. 

these two pictures are so somber to me. Having a little person inside me, my first baby who I loved so much, not in me any more, and the stuff we had at home waiting for him. I wanted him so badly, I didn't get to hold Lincoln for almost 3 full weeks, my body ached for my baby so bad, I was pumping milk and all I wanted was my little baby on my chest. It felt weird to have breastmilk, a bit of a tummy left but no baby any where in sight. 

 I was so excited when we bought our stroller, just wanted so badly a baby to put in it!

I was so excited when we bought our stroller, just wanted so badly a baby to put in it!

 first time I got to hold Lincoln :)

first time I got to hold Lincoln :)

 the first time Lincoln got breastmilk, this was so excited for me, I had been pumping for almost a month and saved all of it, it was so fun when he actually got try a little, even a ml. 

the first time Lincoln got breastmilk, this was so excited for me, I had been pumping for almost a month and saved all of it, it was so fun when he actually got try a little, even a ml. 

 this was in october 2008 once Lincoln was stable and well at Rockyview NICU now, he was 3 pounds and finally gainging weight:)

this was in october 2008 once Lincoln was stable and well at Rockyview NICU now, he was 3 pounds and finally gainging weight:)

 here we are at home, so so exciting for us! November 2008

here we are at home, so so exciting for us! November 2008

 we love you lincoln!

we love you lincoln!