World Prematurity Day is this Saturday, November 17, and November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Both of these observances are close to our hearts, as our son was born 9 weeks premature and that eventually prompted us to start MORE.
The hardest part for me was the guilt. For years I thought it was my fault: I worked too much. I didn't drink enough water. I must have done something wrong in another life to deserve this. I blamed myself a lot in the early days and struggled with the impact your birth may have on your future.
I vowed to put you first moving forward. To take ownership of the things that I could and give you everything that you deserved. If you survived, I promised to give you all of me and five years in, I can say I've done just that. It took a premature birth for me to wake up to how lucky I was. Lucky to have your father. Lucky to have you. Lucky to be your mom.
I wouldn't wish the experience on anyone, but having a preemie was the wake up call that I needed in order to see that work was what I did. It's not who I am.
I had no idea that prematurity was even a possibility or that it happened to people like me. Healthy. Happy. In love. The hardest part was not being able to fix this. Not being able to help my son or stop my wife from crying. I know now there was a reason for that season. His birth is what drove us to start MORE.
We are so thankful for our son’s health and the life we are sharing as a family and with all of you in the MORE community. Sending love to all of you!