You Have Come A Long Way Baby

Then you were only 1 lbs 12 ozs.
Sam the Anti-Preemie At Brith
Now you are 31 lbs.
Sam The Anti-Preemie Now

Then your heart had a leaky valve.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, a tiny clip has done its job and your heart is perfect – and you are learning the art of shaving.
Sam the Anti-Preemie: Now

Then you needed a machine to help you breathe.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, your lungs can carry you through a rousing rendition of “Mercedes Benz”.

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Then you needed an isolette to keep your body temp normal.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you can burn a 104 fever for a day and survive (and mom can get through it without panicking).
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then you were only 12 inches long.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you spill out of my lap in every direction.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then your eyes were fused shut.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you see everything- whether we want you too or not.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then your skin was so fragile, we were limited in how much we could touch you.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you can tumble on a playground black top and stand up yelling “I’m ok”.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then your body was covered in freakishly long and thick blond hair- but your head was bald.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you have a head of beautiful blond curls.Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then you were surrounded by the amazing and talented staff of the NICU.=

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Now, your daily adoring public is smaller but adores you more than they thought possible.
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Then you had tubes and wires coming out of you.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you are free of all synthetic medications and support.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then your food intake was measure in milliliters – causing frozen breast milk to spill out of my freezer.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you hoover food down like I may not remember to feed later.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then you were so small, not even the smallest of preemie clothes would fit you.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you are busting out of your size 2T clothing.
Sam The Anti-Preemie; Now

Then, the preemie diaper was so big, we had to fold it in half to fit you.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, you are in the largest size of non pull-up diapers available.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then I had to leave you every night alone in a hospital.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Then
Now, I get to read to you, sing to you (while you laugh) and tuck you in every night… And sometimes sneak in just to look at you sleep.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Now

Then – I had no idea how you would change me. Now, I would not go back for anything in the world.

I love you my boy. Happy Third Birthday.
Sam The Anti-Preemie: Birthday

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Comments

  1. What a wonderful way to capture Sam’s growth and progress. I adore this!

  2. Happy Birthday Sam!

    My own ex-preemies turned 3 in May. This post brought back so many memories – SO many similarities in the journey.

    Thanks for sharing yours.

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