Mack took his first steps the other day, 2 days before he turned 10 months old and I was so proud and amazed and kind of nervous about the impending future. That night as I showed my friends and family the video and replayed it like 20 times, i really started to think about what has happening one year ago. I remember all those weeks on bedrest and meetings with doctors and specialists. The one that sticks in my mind the most is when I was 28 weeks and was admitted to the hospital in labor and they didn't know if they could stop it and a neonatologist from the All Children's NICU came over to talk to us about to expect. He went through a list of issues premature babies can have, he went through common procedures and what our stay in the NICU would possibly be like. we were scared. we wanted a healthy baby. we wanted a baby we could take home with us. luckily they got my labor stopped that night and mack waited almost 4 more weeks before he was welcomed into this world. After about a month in the NICU, Mack joined us at home, all 4lbs of him. I was told to use his adjusted birthdate when looking at his milestones he was or wasn't meeting and to expect delays. Mackey must not have gotten that memo : )
It just amazes me to think about how far he has come in such a short period of time. I feel so blessed to have such a healthy and happy little man especially when I think back to that hospital stay in July. Things could have been so different. While first steps are always a huge milestone for all babies - it seems even bigger for a baby that has surpassed such odds. i just love that little man.