Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Story Of "Thomas The Brave"

This is a very special month for me.

Five years ago this month, my son Thomas was born 16 weeks premature.
He weighed only 1lb 3oz at birth.

Thomas - 12 Days Old
He was so tiny that his eyes were fused shut and instead of skin, he had a translucent membrane over his body.  

He could fit head-to-toe in the palm of my hand. 

Holding Thomas for the very first time.
During that time I witnessed some remarkable medicine, some incredible neo-natal practitioners, and a whole lot of love.

It was almost 3 months before I could hold him, 31/2 months before he was able to cry out loud, and 5 months before we could bring him home.

Thomas' NICU home for 5 months.

We took a room in the "Family" residence wing at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and moved in.

Megan started Preschool in the hospital's Pediatric Cancer Wing and we watched three seasons come and go from the window of his NICU room.

Ready To Come Home - Dec 2009
On Christmas eve 2009, we took our son home, along with a plethora of wires, tubes, monitors, and tanks.  It was a cold snowing Christmas, but beyond joyful for us.  We were finally able to be a family.

Thomas was back into the PICU 4 times before we celebrated his first birthday, but in August 2010, he reached a milestone that we thought we'd never see.

Thomas turned 1 year old.

Thomas - 1 year old
Life has been a series of ups and downs for Thomas, but never a moment passes when we are not profoundly grateful for having him in our lives.

Thomas - 2 years old
 Over the years he has grown into a glorious little boy. Funny, energetic, and perfectly unique.

Thomas - 3 years old
I could ramble for hours about the joys and sorrow we have had to deal with, but space is limited.  

Thomas - 4 years old
Thomas' health has been fragile over the years.  It took him 2 years to get off oxygen, and he has fought set-back after set-back with incredible courage.

He battled hearing loss, vision loss, eating difficulties, kidney problems, and lung name a few, and in late 2012, he was diagnosed with Autism.

Thomas The Brave

Today he is a healthy, happy, beautiful little autistic boy, and on Sunday the 10th, he turns 5 years old.

It's such a wonderful time for us as he has bought so much happiness into our little family and made us all better people.

And that is why he is known as "Thomas The Brave".

To celebrate his birthday, I am taking $10 off ALL my online classes (not including 21 Secrets) for the entire month of August. 

Hug your children and be grateful for all that you have.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. xx