I've mentioned Kayla Aimee here before... She and her husband are the VERY proud parents of Scarlette, a teeny, tiny dynamo who was born 15 weeks premature.
I look at my 27-1/2 month old great niece and I think how BIG she is compared to the day she was born. She was 8 lbs, 4 oz, and 20-3/4 inches long when she was born. I thought that was so small. J wouldn't even hold her until she was, oh, almost a toddler. Okay, that's an exaggeration but he totally refused to hold her when she was a newborn. He waited until she was, I don't know, 6 or 8 months old... Me? I held her the day she was born. And she wrapped me around those teeny tiny fingers of hers at 2 hours of age.
Scarlette was, if I'm not mistaken, 1 pound, 8 oz, when she was born. Kayla couldn't hold her baby daughter until Scarlette was 30 days old.
30 days. I can't even conceive of what that was like.
But then I read her post today. And now I get it.
It's World Prematurity Day.
Please take 3 minutes of your day and read this post. Meet Kayla and Scarlette. Take 3 minutes to watch her video.
I read Kayla's blog every day. I see pictures of Scarlette today and I think she's just like Great Niece E. But you know what? After 156 days and nights in the hospital, after feeding tubes and quarantines, she's NOT like Great Niece E. Take a look at her sitting on her deck steps. That's when you realize just how small she is for her age. But she has made leaps and bounds from the day she was born. The day she broke MY heart when I saw the picture of her fingers on her mommy's finger.
It's almost unbelievable that she's as she is today. After all Scarlette and her parents have been through, they are now a healthy, happy family, but they had a tough start, and they've beaten the odds.
Please think about all the premature babies out there struggling to make it. Please pray for them, and for the ones who aren't suffering or struggling any longer.
Thanks to Scarlette, I'll never take a baby's health for granted any more. We've been lucky in our family. Even my sister who was 6 weeks premature, she was a GIANT compared to Scarlette, and my dad used to talk about holding her in the palm of his one hand.
But he could hold her.
[Dad, meet Scarlette...]
And now Kayla and her husband can hold their Scarlette. Thanks to the Lord and the medical angels he had in place to care for that beautiful little baby.
Kayla, I'll be keeping up with Scarlette as long as you continue to share her with us by way of your blog. Thanks for the beautiful reminder about today.