Tomorrow my miracle baby will celebrate her 10th birthday.Â Double digits! Not sure where the time went but during the week leading up to her birthday my husband and I always think back to May 4th, 2003, the day our little miracle came into the world.
All babies are a true miracle but with Kailey we truly believe she had a guardian angel watching over her.Â Kailey was born 4 weeks early which technically is not considered pre mature but what we didn’t know was that she was tiny and had not been growing for atleast 3 weeks.Â When I entered the hospital (during SARS) the Doctor assessed me and looked at my husband (Eren) and said “your baby is breach, tiny and your wife’s blood pressure is through the roof. Your wife and baby are in grave danger”.Â Those are words Eren will never forget. We both went into shear panic and fear.Â How did I go from a perfectly normal pregnancy to grave danger? Why wasn’t my baby growing? What would happen when she was born? I have never been so terrified in my life.
We were told that I had to have an emergency C-section but that they couldn’t do the surgery until my blood pressure was lowered. At 220/80 I was at serious risk of a stroke.Â Even after hours of aggressive treatment my pressure was still very high and the Doctors were getting increasingly more worried, that was until Kailey took matters into her own tiny little hands! At 12:30pm she decided it was time to enter the world – the Doctor tried to stop her and yelled at me that “I cannot deliver this baby naturally”. They rushed me to surgery and asked Eren to leave the room while they prepped me for the C-section.Â In the 3 minutes that Eren was out of the room Kailey decided she was not waiting for anyone and forced a natural birth.Â Three pushes and our miracle baby was here! Poor Eren missed the birth but a wonderful nurse held my hand and hugged me as I delivered our tiny miracle baby.
Eren walked in with tears running down his face to hear that he was the proud father of a 2lb baby girl.Â I remember looking over my shoulder to see these tiny little arms flailing in the air and tiny peach fuzz on her little head. I was so filled with joy and fear all at the same time.Â They rushed her off to the Special Care Nursery and told us that the next 24 hours would be critical. If she made it through the night that would be a good sign.Â Kailey spent the next month in the hospital under the wonderful care of the loving nurses and Doctors.Â We were told that she could come home when she hit 4lbs, my mission as a Mom was to fatten her up as fast as I could.
Leaving her at the hospital was so incredibly hard, every night I wept for her wishing she could be home with us.Â We spent our days and nights by her side, nursing her, holding her and loving her , praying that she would be healthy and thrive.Â I watched as other Mom’s held their babies, many who were fighting for their lives, many who had to travel to be by their babies sides.Â We were blessed that we lived locally and could get to the hospital to be by Kailey’s side, but for those who can’t they turn to Ronald McDonald Houses.
May 8th the 20th McHappy DayÂ® will take place. McHappy Day raises funds for childrenâ€™s charities across the country such as Ronald McDonald Houses. McDonaldâ€™sÂ® Canada community involvement efforts are yearlong. Since 2004, the company has raised more than $36 million for Ronald McDonald House CharitiesÂ® (RMHC) Canada by donating 10 cents from the sale of every Happy Meal. McDonaldâ€™s Canada covers all of RMHCâ€™s administrative and operating costs, making it possible for 100 per cent of every directly donated dollar to go to Ronald McDonald Houses and their programs.
RMHC Canada is the national organization that supports Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across the country, which provides families of sick children a home-away-from-home or a place of peace and calm within a hospital.
Ronald McDonald Houses help give sick children what they need most â€“ their families.
In the time it takes to grab a coffee or eat a meal, you could make a big difference in a child’s life.Â $1 from every Big MacÂ®, Happy MealÂ®, and hot McCafĂ©Â® beverage you buy will be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses and other local childrenâ€™s charities across Canada.
Our miracle baby is turning 10 tomorrow and is the tallest girl in her class, she is a happy, healthy and beautiful…we are forever grateful for the wonderful care and love we received during our time in the hospital.