Why we walk…

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Right now, babies need all the help they can get. Premature birth affects approximately 380,000 babies in the United States. Many of you know, my own life has been affected by the birth of our son, Jonathan, at 27 weeks.  He is a survivor and a miracle.  He is our Jonathan; our “Gift from God.”

Unfortunately, there are also many others who don’t survive.  Also, many who survive, are in need of constant care and support as their babies grow and hopefully, thrive.

In a week, we will be joining the March for Babies here in the Chicago suburbs and walking alongside those who cared for our precious son, The AMITA NICU Warriors.

I walk for my own son, but I also walk for those who don’t survive prematurity and/or the birth defects they are born with.  We need more research to help babies survive and thrive.  Already, more babies are surviving and thriving that wouldn’t have 10 years ago.  Jonathan is the perfect example of this, and there is much more to learn.  If you’d like to help, please make a secure donation or walk with us!  Together, we can help March of Dimes, so more babies can get the strongest start possible.

We honor Jonathan with this walk.  Look at this guy and his NICU team!

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We walk in memory of Jesse Amandus, who fought an amazing fight at 24 weeks, but could only be with us for 13 days. IMG_6413

We walk in thanks for the care received in the NICU at AMITA Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and all of the hands that have helped and continue to help us walk through this journey.

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Please click here if you’d like to make a DONATION.  Thank You for all of your support, love and prayers!

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March for Babies

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The difference a year makes.

If you’re following this page, you know how near and dear to my heart prematurity is and how blessed I feel to have a baby who has survived and thrived despite an early birth at 27 weeks.  Though technology and medical practices have come a long way, there are still many that don’t survive and others who live with many debilitating health issues.  We are walking in the March for Babies event at the end of the month with the hope of creating awareness to the cause and raise money for research.

We walk  to honor Jonathan.

We walk in memory of Jesse Amandus

We walk in thanks for the hands that have helped us along our journey.  That is all of you, the NICU at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and our church family at CHN.

If you’d like to walk or make a donation for our walk, just click on the link below to our page:

March for Babies – Chris’s Page

Thank You!

 

Look at me!

Oh yes, he left me a nice, BIG stinky present!  Ha Ha Ha, so cute!

There’s so much happening these days.  Jonathan has now graduated to a bassinet!  He’s regulating his temperature on his own, so he doesn’t need the house (isolette).  He is now weighing in at 3lb 6oz and has gotten rid of the oxygen!

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Right now we’re working on growing and feeding.  Jonathan is still trying to get the hang of breathing, sucking and swallowing.  We tried feeding on a half full breast again today, and he got some swallows in, but he also dropped his heart rate and therefore his oxygen levels when he did.  This is pretty normal at this stage of the game, so we will continue to work on it.  We’re still at 30ML every 3 hours on feeds and he’s growing!

On that note, all that hard work is making Jonathan tired, so it’s off to bed!

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Goodnight!

Nope, We’re not showering…

Shower

I’d like to take a moment to say Thank You to all of you, our close family and friends! It means so much to us to have you in our lives and receive so much love and support.  I’ve received many questions regarding the “baby shower”.  Though we had planned on having one, at this time it has been cancelled.  This mom and dad are trying to spend as much time as possible with baby Jonathan.  Chris’s job at the moment is to continue to “make food” for baby J.  In order to do that she is on a very strict schedule…though being with friends and family is great she’d need frequent 45 minute breaks…ha ha ha.

We’ve been asked by several people “What do you need?”  I (Chris) haven’t figured out a response to that yet, so I keep saying “I don’t know.”  However, thank you all for anticipating our needs and bringing us food and checking in on us.  We’ve definitely needed that!

In preparation for a shower we did make a baby registry.  Please know that we in no way want people to feel obligated or find it necessary to provide us with gifts.  However, since people are asking, we thought this might be the best way to share the information with all of you.  We are registered at:

Buy Buy Baby

Amazon Baby Registry

On a side note, since we had to cancel the shower, we still would like to celebrate with you all once Jonathan is home…all that still has to be arranged, but we will get that information out to you as those plans become more concrete!  Thanks again for the many prayers, gifts, food and friendship shared!