Evelyn came home on Thursday October 20th! She was over double her birth weight and doing so well. It is crazy to believe that she has been home for 5 days! What an amazing God we have.
These past 9 weeks are the hardest thing Nate and I have faced together, or ever. I am not sure I’ve ever cried so much or been so anxious about anything. However throughout this entire experience there has been a true sense of calm and peace.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Nate and I spent a week away from each other while I was in the hospital on bed rest. I never thought I could miss him or Eleanor so much. We knew it’s where I had to be, but it didn’t make it easier. Giving birth to a 28-week-old preemie is terrifying. Nate told me when I texted him early morning on Aug 21st, he was terrified of the idea of his sweet girl coming so soon. He prayed all the way to the hospital for contractions to stop. God had a different plan. A better plan.
Our time in the NICU, while exhausting, was also a time to pull together and give God glory for all that he is doing in our lives.
We don’t know what prematurity means for Evelyn. She has tons of dr.’s appointments and we know that children born that early can have all sorts of delays, cognitive and behavioral issues. But as I sit and look at my two sweet babies who are both napping, I can’t help but know that we are so blessed.