Welcome to the first ever blog "give away" for 0 to 2 in 287 Days! I am so excited to share this exciting item with my blog readers. Here is a little background before the big unveil:)
There are few things in this world that can truly shake you to your core. Having your daughter whisked off by a team of doctors to the NICU is certainly one of them. Having your poor husband trying to decide who he should be with first, his wife who is still in the delivery room after an emergency c-section or his baby girl who is being hooked up to a variety of machines to help her. Overwhelming, blurry, yet still beautiful perfectly describes the day that Gwyneth was born.
The NICU team was actually pleasantly surprised by her size, four pounds 10 ounces. Apparently, she was a good sized baby for 33.5 weeks. They seemed to think that her stay in the NICU would be a short one and, although we would be taking home a tiny baby, we would be going home in the next couple of days. One LONG month later, we finally took our baby girl home.
When you are a preemie, size is just one of many factors. Gigi needed help maintaining her body temperature and breathing during the first part of her NICU stay. Once she had these things more under control, we began to focus on her eating. Her eating was and still is a challenge for her. However, you can tell by her chubby little cheeks that she is managing to catch up. At her 8 month cardiologist appointment the other day, she weighed in just shy of 17 pounds (24th percentile) and height was 27 and 1/4 inches (53 percentile). This is great news because she spent a significant part of the first six months of her life not even on the growth charts. Her Atrial Septal Defect is healing nicely and we are hopeful that she will not need surgery to repair it in the future. We are just so proud of our little girl and each milestone she hits is comparable to climbing Mt. Everest in our book!
Now for the fun part...the give away!
A special opportunity has come our family's way. An opportunity to be a part of something beautiful. Courtney at Courtney Bock Designs has asked us to be an Affiliate Partner for her community service project Operation: Warm Christmas. What is Operation: Warm Christmas? Operation Warm Christmas 2010 is a charitable effort to enrich the lives of premature babies, still born babies, and parents during their stays in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The pledge of Courtney Bock designs is simple. They will donate 100 receiving blankets specifically designed, sized, and weighed appropriately for premature infants. After that 100 blankets, they will continue to donate one preemie receiving blanket for every one Classic Receiving Blanket sold from their children's textile collection. (information taken from Operation: Warm Christmas promotional pamphlet) Gigi is actually one of the babies featured in this promotional material:) The photo below was the one used. It is hard to believe that is even our Gigi girl.
So, why are blankets so important in the NICU? Well, for us personally, we received a couple of blankets that people had made and donated. Below this paragraph is a picture of one of our hand-knitted NICU blankets and hats. It was and is still SO special to us. I literally rotated between the blanket pictured below and another one and brought them home at night, since I couldn't bring my baby girl home. It smelled like her and helped especially while I was trying to pump that liquid gold for her. I don't know who made the blanket, however, I will always be grateful to that amazing person. And, let's be honest, we were way more fortunate than others. Gigi wasn't born that early. Her stay in the NICU wasn't for months and months. It was for one month. All along we knew it was going to take some time but she was going to get better. Not everybody has this good fortune. For somebody that has lost their little one, a blanket like this would be one of the few things they had left to cherish. I hope I never, ever have to know this pain. However, I am more aware now than I ever was that it is a reality that many people have to deal with.
If you are interested in being entered in a drawing for the beautiful receiving blanket pictured below, please enter the give away.
Please know I am not receiving anything in return for this give away other than the satisfaction of knowing that by selling more of these beautiful blankets...babies and families during some of their darkest hours will be blanketed with love.
Entries will be given by: (You can get up to three entries!!!)
All entries must be submitted by midnight November 1st. I will post the winner the following morning.
* Leaving a comment on the blog post below. (Facebook comments will not be counted.)
* Adding a link to this post on your blog and letting me know via comments below.
* Sharing a link on facebook to Courntey Bock Designs Operation: Warm Christmas! or becoming a fan of Courtney Bock Designs on Facebook. (Again, let me know below, if you have shared the link on Facebook.)
Also, if you want to help, please think about the people in your life that might enjoy one of these special blankets as a present and hop on over to www.CourtneyBockDesigns.com and place an order. Remember for every blanket sold, one will be donated. Orders must be made by December 10, 2010 to insure Christmas delivery. If you are local, you can also head over to Orange Tree because the blankets are for sale there also! Plus, it is a really awesome gift store in our area.
Gigi thanks you all for supporting this great cause from the bottom of her heart!