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I’m praying for you guys! 🙂
She is absolutely precious and a lovely little girl. Congrats!!!
I love how Nyana means one who initiates events…ain’t that the truth?!
Nyana, I don’t know your mom in person but we met online through BabyCenter and Facebook. Facebook will not exist when you’re old enough to read this!
Again..congrats…and hang in there…she will be home with you soon
Melody Willan…(Crystal messenger’s Mom) 🙂
Nyana is so beautiful – congratulations Karen & Don!
She is so strong and such a beautiful baby! Nyana, I too have met your mom on Babycentre, and I’ve been reading up on your story! Congratulations to the proud parents, stay strong! Praying for Nyana!
Hi Nyana, this is your grannie here. You are four weeks old today and I just came back from visiting you for the very first time – I drove all the way from the Okanagan to meet you. There are some memories that we never, ever forget and seeing you for the first time will be one of those memories. I knew you were going to be small but I never really realized how incredibly and utterly beautiful you would be – all of the pictures I had seen didn’t really capture your beauty nor your strength. I stood in front of your solarium in awe, stroking your head and tummy and relishing in the smoothness of your skin, the softness of your dark gossamer hair, the strength in your feet as you try to stretch and delighted when you grabbed my finger and gave it a squeeze. You are so beautiful, so perfect and I can’t wait for your Mum and Dad to be able to take you home where I can then wrap you in my arms, cuddle you and love you. You are my Ladybug, forever!!
How nice to have another great granddaughter as now I have two very sweet young girls to keep my two great grandsons on equal footings. Your grandmother joins with me in wishing you all the love in the world. Sleep well my beautiful little girl and we’ll be down to see you again shortly.
Bubs (the 2nd) for now as you’ll have your own name for me later.
Hi, so today (Nov 17) is Prematurity Awareness Day. Thought I’d share a poem I came across… It is called A Preemie Mother’s Oath…..
There are women that become mothers without effort, without thought, without patience or loss and though they are good mothers and love their children, I know that I will be better.
I will be better not because of genetics, or money or that I have read more books but because I have struggled and toiled for this child.
I have sat in the NICU and waited.
I have cried and prayed.
I have endured.
Like most things in life, the people who truly have appreciation are those who have struggled to attain their dreams.
I will notice everything about my child.
I will take time to watch my child sleep, explore and discover.
I will marvel at my surviving miracle every day for the rest of my life.
I will be happy when I wake in the middle of the night to the sound of my child, knowing that I can comfort, hold and feed her and that I am not waking to a nurse taking another temperature, an alarm going off, another round of meds or because I am crying tears for fear of the unknown.
I will be happy because my baby is alive and crying out for me.
I count myself lucky in this sense; that God has given me this insight, this special vision with which I will look upon my child that my friends will not see.
Whether I parent a preemie with physical challenges or medical issues, I will not be careless with my love.
I will be a better mother for all that I have endured. I am a better wife, a better aunt, a better daughter, neighbor, friend and sister because I have known pain.
I know disillusionment as I have been betrayed by my own body.
I have been tried by fire and hell many never face, yet given time, I stood tall.
I have prevailed.
I have succeeded.
I have won.
So now, when others hurt around me, I do not run from their pain in order to save myself discomfort. I see it, mourn it, and join them in theirs.
And even though I cannot make it better, I can make it less lonely. I have learned the immense power of another hand holding tight to mine, of other eyes that moisten as they learn to accept the harsh truth and when life is beyond hard. I have learned a compassion that only comes with walking in those shoes.
I have learned to appreciate life.
Yes I will be a wonderful mother.
Author Unknown (adapted for Preemies)
That’s beautiful, Kaili. I couldn’t get through it without tearing up. Thank you.
My name is Olivia. I met your mother through Baby Center, and ever since I somehow stumbled upon this blog in September (probably right around the time your mom started it!), I have been a loyal member of Nyana’s Army.
When my son was born in December and went through his own set of NICU issues, your mom was such a great friend to me. After all, she knows better than anyone I know the trials and tribulations of the NICU. Noah was (thankfully) only there for 10 days, but those were the longest 10 days of my life, and I was (and am) so glad that your mother was around to be there for me. She’s such a strong person….and your dad is too! You must get your strength from them.
I have been so happy following your progress these last few months, and I can’t wait to finally read the words, “We’re home”. 🙂
Was thinking of you last weekend! Glad it went well! The finish line is so close!
All the best you guys!
Hi Karen, Don, and of course… Nyana! So glad to know that things are going well at home, and that the princess is up to her usual tricks! Thank you so much for your special thank you and kind words. It really means a lot to all of us.
We miss you all. Come back and visit someday. We expect birthday pictures (and cake) when she turns one. Tell Don that I expect to see her decked out in a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey and a tiara at her birthday party! Take care, Love Rosemary
Amazing site sincerely, Gertie Tulk
Amazing blog thank you for sharing…. stumbled upon this through the 6 degrees of separation. I’m a GVRD mom, my little girl was born thru an induced ‘natural labor’ one month early. All your stories & events remind me how ‘lucky’ we are.
I know we roll with the challenges we are given, but you are doing so with such grace, poise and flair. Well done.
Thank you again. Hopefully if we are the strangers on the bus one day we can just smile and say hello.
Lots of love to you and your family ❤
My Mommy has to type for me cause my fingers don’t type so good yet……
Just wanted to tell you that your mommy and daddy were so good for my mommy and daddy they kept them so positive when I was very sick…..you yourself even made my mommy smile a few times and I thank you for that with all my heart 🙂
My mommy was sad when you went home but was happy for you as well and now it is my turn to go home and we are so excited.
We have to keep our parents in contact with each other so we can keep tabs on each other then one day we will type to each other without our mommies 🙂
Be well and we will catch up very soon
just thought you might like to know that I received your Cheerios “Cheer Card” that you cut out of a cereal box some time ago. The Canadian Olympic Committee sent me a stack of them sometime in the fall. Yes, I did get them after the games but nonetheless it was great looking though a stack of cheers from Canadians!! There were also lots of them at the Olympic Village for us to look through as well.
Thanks for your support and all the best!!
Men’s Eight Coxswain
2012 Olympic Silver
2008 Olympic Gold
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