5 years ago today, I welcomed a sweet baby boy into the world.
After an extremely difficult pregnancy and all sorts of complications, I was scheduled to be induced at 39 weeks. A few days before my induction, I noticed that Jace wasn’t kicking as much as he had been. I really didn’t think much of it, and the doctor told me that he was just getting too big to fit in there anymore.
They induced me, and it was a FAST delivery. They broke my water, and 20 minutes later, Jace was completely out. The doctor was barely there to catch him. As soon as the doctor got him out, his first words were, “Oh my God.” I didn’t hear Jace cry, and I had no idea what was going on. The doctor lifted Jace up and put him on my chest. There in his umbilical cord was a knot. It was pulled tight, and if I hadn’t been induced, we would have lost him in a matter of hours. The doctor did a full exam, and Jace was on oxygen for a few minutes. I remember watching all of this going on with tears just pouring down my face. I was thankful that he was alive but terrified that I might lose him all at the same time.
After a few minutes on oxygen, the doctor allowed me to hold him again. I clutched him to my chest and just cried. I had been terrified of having another baby right after having Zander, but at that very moment I was just so glad to have him in my arms. We had several very difficult months after Jace was born, and we almost lost him several times. It turned out that he had reflux severely and it would actually cause him to stop breathing. I don’t think I slept a minute for the first year of his life.
Now, here we are, 5 years later, and you’d never know what Jace went through the first few months of his life. He is the healthiest, sweetest little boy you will ever meet. He’s my little buddy, and I simply can’t imagine life without him.
Today we will celebrate HIM and the amazing little man that he is turning into. He’s my firecracker, my daredevil, and my sweetheart all rolled into one.
I love you, Jace. Thank you for making my world a better place.
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