Last Sunday Stu, Brandon, my parents, Stu's parents, and I did the Big Steps for Little Feet Walk to help raise money for Monmouth Medical Center where Brandon spent the first 12 weeks of his life. This is a walk that we will do every year as long as they continue to have it because if it wasn't for the wonderful nurses and doctors Brandon would not be where he is today. The nurses and doctors at Monmouth will always have a special place in our hearts. I really can't say enough good things about them.
The walk was really nice. It was a beautiful day after several days of rain and it was so nice to see all of the families (some who were at the NICU with us, others who weren't), nurses, and doctors that were there.
We did the walk and after the walk there was a presentation of the check to the doctors. Over $60,000 was raised. A few parents spoke about their experiences and then they had all of the NICU graduates come on the stage and they took a picture of them.
After the picture was taken a father came up to Stu, Brandon, and I with his 7 year old daughter because he saw the shirts we were wearing that said Proud Parent of a 26 weeker and former 26 weeker and told us his daughter was a 24 weeker. You couldn't tell at all by looking at her.
My name is Karen and I have been married to my husband Stu for a little over 9 years. I was pregnant with twins and lost our baby girl at 20 1/2 weeks after I had premature rupture of membranes. I stayed pregnant with the other baby and our first child, Brandon Tyler, was born on July 5, 2008 at 26 weeks and 1 day. Our second child, Wesley Matthew, was born full term on June 29, 2011. This blog is documenting our children.