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Take a minute to read a short version of our story ;)
Dan and I faced many obstacles trying to get pregnant. After many months of disappointment, thousands of injections, many different procedures, and a miscarriage, we finally were told we were pregnant again in August and were going to have twins due April 18th, 2015.
Shortly after Christmas, when I was just 24 weeks pregnant with Addison and Natalie, I was transferred to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria and put on hospital bed rest. We were told many times from the doctors that if these little girls came this early, they would only have about a 50% chance of surviving. We kept our faith and prayed that both girls would be okay. Just 16 days later (on January 13th), I delivered Addison and Natalie. They were born more than three months too soon. Addison was just under 2 pounds and Natalie was right at 2 pounds.
They were both rushed out and taken to the NICU.
After waiting a very long and emotional 5 hours, we were finally able to see and hold our baby girl’s little hands. I can’t even begin to tell you how my husband and I were feeling as we looked at these teeny tiny silent baby girls. We had no idea if they would even make it through the night.
7 days passed and they were finally strong enough to finally be held and taken off their ventilators, which was truly amazing! They had a feeding tube, a line to draw blood from and they had to be kept under lights for their jaundice levels. They were both on oxygen for about 2 months, but other than these minor things, they just needed to sleep, grow and learn how to eat!
We spent 77 days in the NICU. We will be forever grateful for the amazing team of doctors and nurses that became a part of our family. We walked out the NICU doors on March 30th (about 3 weeks before their actual due date). We have two little miracles and fighters that we will be forever grateful for.
Dan and I started trying for another miracle baby when the twins were just over a year. We faced a miscarriage in October of 2016 and there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of that sweet angel.
We continued trying and were blessed with Matthew (born January 16th, 2019).
Our days of having children have come to an end, but again, we will always save the date for this walk because it means so much to our family and to our angels in heaven.
My team is participating in the NICU Small Wonders Miracle Walk on Saturday, September 21, 2019. All money raised will support the vital equipment and patient and family needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at OSF Children's Hospital.
We decided to support this amazing event because the NICU admits hundreds of newborns each year and the need is high for innovative treatment and care. OSF Children's Hospital provides an array of services for these small babies including hyper alimentation (intravenous nutrition), mechanical ventilation, body cooling and many more life saving services to ensure the best possible outcome for these babies and their families.
We hope you join us in fundraising with a donation of $25, $50, $100 or any other amount! Each donation will make a BIG difference for these families!
Thank you for supporting our team! We invite you to attend the walk with us. Registration is quick and easy…just click the Join A Team button on the homepage to search for our team then complete the registration process.
Thank you for your generosity and support. Together we can make a difference for these families and babies!