I would like you all to meet someone very special....
On Saturday night my cousin Matthew--who is more like my big brother--
welcomed his son into the world.
This is Brody.
He was born weighing 1 pound and 11 ounces,
and is just over 13 inches long.
This sweet little guy was born 3 whole months early.
They have been saying that he seems pretty normal for a 26 weeker. He's a good size and so far hasn't had a lot of extra complications. But the fact remains that he's less than 2 pounds and still has a lot of developing to do. Brody will be in the hospital until his February due date. As a parent I can only imagine how hard it would be to leave your child in the NICU day after day and go home without him. It really breaks my heart that anyone would have to go through this. I remember at various points in my pregnancy being admitted to the hospital and thinking "Oh my God, what if Lucy comes at 6 months...7 months..." but for some reason that wasn't God's plan for Lucy. I don't ever pretend to understand these things but I just have faith that He has something awesome in store for Brody and his parents.
During this Thanksgiving week I hope we will all be thankful for the things we sometimes take for granted. Today I'm thankful the most challenging hurdle Lucy faces at the moment is the common cold and that we can take care of her here at home.
Please pray for our little Brody. Like I told Matthew last night with lots of prayer years from now people will be saying...
"Hey you know BIG Brody?
Yeah, the one who is a great baseball player like his Dad was?
Well, he weighed less than 2 pounds when he was born!
You would never know it by looking at him!!"
UPDATE: I will try to keep this updated but I won't bump the post up each time because there will probably be a lot of updates. I think maybe we need a Brody button here :)
November 24th~ Brody is perfect and his lungs are developing really well but there is one big complication now. He has a brain hemorrhage. There is a 1 to 4 scale of these, 4 being the worst, and Brody's is a 4. Because he's so little they can't do anything to his brain besides wait it out. He could walk out of the hospital one day and have no issues whatsoever or he could face things like Cerebral Palsy. All everyone is doing now is waiting and praying.
11/30/2010~ The follow brain scan showed that the hemorrhage is still the same, but that's good because it hasn't gotten any bigger or worse.
12/1/2010~ At just 11 days old Brody is off the ventilator!
12/8/2010~ The latest brain scan results are in and Brody has no more bleeding! That is a huge praise. He's been having a great couple of days.
Week of 12/10-12/18~ BIG week for Brody! He had his first surgery ever and it was successful at removing the fluid build up in his brain. Matt, his Daddy, was able to hold him for the first time ever. He got his mask off that was assisting his breathing. He is over 2 pounds now. AND the big news...he might be able to go home in just 4-6 weeks! Incredible. Christmas miracles happen :) And Brody is also 1 whole month old! Countless happy and healthy months will be celebrated in this little guy's future.