When Life Comes Early

When life comes early; earlier than even medical science can hold out hope for a happy outcome, along comes a rare one, a miracle, a fighter! Along comes Braelyn. He was given 0 chance of survival with or without delivery, but there was no choice to be made. Braelyn came into this world on November 5, 2007 weighing only 12 oz! Yes, I said 12 OZ! And so his fight began. And so the prayers began! And so medical science began it's work. Many lives have been consumed with thoughts, prayers, questions, tears, worries and praises daily for Braelyn. But none like his young mother and grandparents. When most young mothers are up in the wee hours of the night feeding and caring for their little one, Christy was up worrying, wondering and praying. Instead of listening for a cry, she was listening for alarms to go off....watching O2 sats and blood pressures fluctuate. For every hour that Braelyn survived was one more hour than he was given chance of. The hours turned to days. The days turned to weeks. As I type this, the tears we are all weeping are tears of sheer joy, for today Braelyn was finally able to breathe life on his own. Today his mother heard his first cry. Today, she experienced his first sneeze. Today she became the happiest mother in the world! Today we all see what the power of prayer can bring. Thank you to modern medicine for bringing Braelyn through these many weeks of ups and downs. But mostly, thank you GOD for being at Braelyn's side.

The Preemie’s Prayer
July 26th, 2007
The Preemie’s Prayer

Dear God, as you look down upon us,
We know that you might have to squint.
We’re located here in the NICU:
It’s the nursery that we rent.

There are many alarms and sirens,
Connected to condos and flats.
The nurses tape our booties on,
And dress us in funny hats.

We have a lot in common;
All of us were in a hurry.
For many different reasons,
Our storks came a little early.

Some of us don’t know why,
We bursted out from our bubbles.
We entered into this world,
Never meaning to cause any troubles.

Vickie Spencer 2008