Saturday, April 24, 2010

How Preemie Moms Are Chosen

How Preemie Moms Are Chosen
(Adapted from Erma Bombeck)

Did you ever wonder how the mothers of premature babies are chosen?
Somehow, I visualize God hovering over Earth, selecting his instruments
for propagation with great care and deliberation.
As he observes, he instructs his angels to take notes in a giant ledger.
"Beth Armstrong, son. Patron Saint, Matthew. Marjorie Forrest, daughter.
Patron Saint, Celia. Carrie Rutledge, twins. Patron Saint ... give her Gerard.
He's used to profanity."
Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles. "Give her a preemie."
The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy."
"Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a premature baby a mother who knows no laughter?
That would be cruel." "But does she have the patience?" asks the angel.
"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she'll drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it.
I watched her today.
She has that sense of self and independence so rare and so necessary in a mother.
You see, the child I'm going to give her has a world of its own.
She has to make it live in her world, and that's not going to be easy."
"But Lord, I don't think she even believes in you."
God smiles. "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect.
She has just the right amount of selfishness."
The angel gasps, "Selfishness?! Is that a virtue?"
God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive.
Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect.
She doesn't know it yet, but she is to be envied.
She will never take for granted a spoken word.
She will never consider a step ordinary.
When her child says 'mama' for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it.
I will permit her to see clearly the things I see – ignorance, cruelty, prejudice – and allow her to rise above them.
She will never be alone.
I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side."
"And what about her Patron Saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in the air.
God smiles. "A mirror will suffice."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Kaidyn has been doing great! She is growing and advancing daily. She's now 9lbs 10oz. Shes is doing so great! We are now just gearing up for the March of Dimes walk May 1st. She had her first appointment back in Temple. It was an eye appointment and it went good... I guess. All he did was shine a light in her face and say "Yep, her eyes look straight." Yes, we drove an hour and a half for him to shine a light in her face. It took us longer to wake her up for the appointment then the actual appointment. It was nice to see old friends. That's all that's been up with her lately. I'll try to post more regular :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

March for Babies

We have been doing great. Kaidyn is growing so big now. Shes 9lbs 5oz! WOW!! Shes been progressing so great. She tries to talk in her baby noises and stand up. Tryings to roll and scoots on the floor. She is doing so great. The ECI team says she doesn't need their services now she developing on time and beyond. So we are so bless and happy about that. Easter was great! She had a very beautiful dress and we went to Great-Granny's in Somerville for the day. She was so alert and talking it was wonderful.

I am waiting to get a team together for the March of Dimes March for Babies walk May 1st. Our team name is K Squared ! We are walking in memory of Kaiya and in honor of Kaidyn. I would love it if the people who have been following their story would join us on that day. Click on K Squared and register for our team and/or make a donation if you would like. If you will not be able to walk with us still feel free to make a donation and help raise money for the March of Dimes.