Micro-preemie diaper perspective photo courtesy of Kami of It's No Biggie
One thing I love about this blogging hobby of mine is the community you find with people I like to call my imaginary friends. They exist in real-life, just not in my real life... as in, we've never met in person, but we've become friends online. One of my favorite imaginary friends is Kami of It's No Biggie.
Most days lately, I barely get my e-mail read, and don't get to check in on too many of the blogs I used to read on a daily basis. Yesterday comments poured in from a bunch of you that I'd never "met" before, wishing us well, and offering us prayers and support. When I finally put it all together, I found this sweet shout-out that Kami had posted, directing her readers to our little blog. I think I had clued in over the past month that she, too, had her own preemie daugher, Avery (now a happy, thriving 6 year old!), but she really hit it home with her kind post. (To see a video of adorable Avery that I guarantee will make you grin, go here.)
Thank you, Kami, (and all of Kami's readers) for your generous support! That was just the boost I (we) needed. All of this has been so overwhelming, it's so comforting to know we're not alone.
The past six weeks of our lives have been such a blur... and sometimes I feel like a total zombie with my physical recovery issues and the struggle to pump, the drama that is Connor's day-to-day status, the lack of sleep, and the amount of stress we've found ourselves under. However, I.am.not.complaining. Connor is worth every minute of joy and every bit of heartache we might have to experience. This just isn't how we imagined the adventure with our first baby to be - this is not the ideal I dreamed about.
All in all, we're hanging on... life consists of a bit of work for Brian, a lot of pumping for me, some sewing for Mom, and we visit the hospital a few times a day. I wish we could spend more time each visit in the NICU with Connor, but it's just not a very comfortable environment (cramped space, noisy alarms, uncomfortable chairs). So, we do what we can with multiple short visits. Mom's planning on hibernating the next couple of days indoors (kinda don't blame her - right now it's -27 F, with a wind chill of -47 F).
Meanwhile, Connor's been doing really well, and has had some really good test results lately. Look for a more detailed post (fingers crossed) tomorrow!