2013-11-25 09:59:07 by Sarah Plant, Patient Family, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
Bekah turns 2!
I’ve been surprised each year on Bekah’s birthday by the range of emotions I feel. At almost 39 weeks pregnant, and with a wild and crazy now 2-year-old for a trusty helper, Bekah and I prepared for her birthday party.
I must admit that Chris helped too, as did my mom (who has been hanging out here a lot—for which we are very grateful—even though I’ve been off of bedrest for a few weeks now). But even with all of the distractions of a birthday party to prepare for, there were times I found myself reliving Bekah’s first few days of life.
Bekah sleeps soundly in NICU at Akron Children's Hospital
They weren’t pretty. And yet, in many ways, they were perfect.
It’s been two years since a nurse swiftly took Bekah down the hospital hall and began the process of saving her life.
For most parents, things are a little more peaceful, a little less dramatic in the delivery room. For some parents, things are a LOT scarier, and a great deal MORE dramatic.
For us, knowing now that Bekah is a safe, healthy 2 year old – who was so excited it snowed on her birthday that she could barely wait to put on her boots and mittens and start making snowmen – makes looking back a lot less scary.
Knowing that things are ok now makes it easier to appreciate all that went into getting to this point—the struggle to get and stay pregnant, the sheer terror of seeing this tiny, new, fragile person who we were supposed to be responsible for laying connected to more machines than we thought possible. Now, looking back, we can see the gift that God has given us.
Seventy days seemed like a long time to wait to bring Rebekah home from the NICU at first, but now it just seems like a tiny speck of time that merely helped to prepare us for the rest of the awesome time that is ours to spend with her.
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