Six months ago this evening, I was sitting in one of the ante partum rooms on the labor and delivery floor of the George Washington University Hospital. I had been on bed rest for six days but at that point I was feeling great...no contractions and confident that we would at least get to 28 weeks, or even 32. It was Palm Sunday and when I received Communion from a Eucharistic Minister earlier in the day, I remember telling her that I would see her the following Sunday (Easter). Of course I would see her because I knew I would still be there....still on bed rest. When I went to sleep that night, I had no idea that Veronica would be born only a few hours later.
Six months have passed and so much has happened. There were so many low points along the way but also so many moments to celebrate. Not a day goes by without us remembering Veronica's beginning and her journey through the NICU. Would I change the circumstance of Veronica's birth if I could, yes, of course. But would I change the outcome? Never. Everyday we thank God for bringing Veronica into this world. And we continue to thank Him for how well she is doing. We feel truly blessed.
Below is a video of our NICU journey. Even now, two months after discharge, I can't help but get emotional when I watch it. Although we have started to feel that those first four months of Veronica's life are a distant memory, the entire experience will always be a part of us.
For those of you who continue to come back to this blog, thank you. Thank you for your prayers and support. And thank you for allowing us to share Veronica's journey with you.