I know, I know. I am constantly saying how important scrapbooking is. Again this month I would like to share with you something that is important in my life. My beautiful, healthy, and smart 4 year old was born premature. I had a difficult pregnancy with her and I was sick the entire time. I was literally just miserable the entire pregnancy. I developed preeclempsia which is a formal way of saying you will have high blood pressure for as long as you are pregnant.
The side effects are horrible and you basically just feel like crap all the time. Swollen feet and ankles to the point where you can’t put any shoes on, headaches and dizziness that just make you so sick and nauseous. I ended up being put on bed rest at 7 months pregnant and having to be put on bed rest is not a fun thing. I hated it.
Not long after being put on bed rest I ended up in the hospital, they kept me for a week and then they sent me home. They were able to get my blood pressure under control. So I managed to come home and celebrate Christmas and New Years Eve with my son and family and then went right back into the hospital.
Before I knew it they decided that I was getting two sick and the best thing for everybody was for me to have my baby at 32 weeks. Of course this is not something that I wanted to happen. On top of everything else they saw a brain bleed and would not let me deliver her naturally. Needless to say I was a wreck.
I delivered a 3 pound 9 ounce baby on January 11, 2008. A three pound baby is so unbelievably small. She was so lucky though because the doctors had given me the medicine to ensure that her lungs would develop and she was able to breathe on her own. The brain bleed was monitored closely and it turned out to be nothing by the time she was discharged. She was small but she was strong. She was able to breathe on her own and she was able to eat with the bottle. She had some problems with maintaining her body temperature but I felt so blessed because she did not have extensive health issues.
My Raena spent two weeks in the NICU and I am forever grateful to the nurses and doctors that took care of her in the NICU. I always say if it wasn’t for the great care that was provided to my daughter it could have been a lot worse. I bring all this up because it is Prematurity Awareness Month.
I wanted to share with you layouts that I completed of my daughter’s time in the NICU. If you are interested in any information about Prematurity Awareness Month or would like to get involved you can click on the March of Dimes badge on the right side of my website. These layouts do not have a ton of embellishments as I wanted the layouts to be more about Raena and her story.