BENEFITING: MICHAEL GERARD PUHARIC MEMORIAL FUND INC
EVENT DATE: Sep 30, 2014
My beautiful daughter, Kaeyln McLean, is turning 1!
I have wanted to be a mother for as long as I could remember and I was so excited when I discovered on April 12, 2013 that it was finally going to happen. My pregnancy wasn't picture perfect (I had EVERY possible irksome symptom listed in What to Expect When You're Expecting~ and a few more) but I truly loved every single second and couldn't wait until I hit my 3rd trimester when I was supposed to be huge and uncomfortable and could feel every little movement.
Unfortunately, the morning I turned 24 weeks pregnant, I developed a not so normal symptom. A trip to the doctor revealed that my amniotic sac ruptured and the fluid level was very low. As the doc said, I was going into the hospital and I wasn't coming out until she was born. I was hospitalized and was told that everything looked good and she was a very healthy weight for her gestation. The hope was to make it to 34 weeks. And the words I clung to and recited were, "Every day is good. Every week is great."
Just one week into my stay, Kaelyn shifted and the fluid became undetectable by ultrasound. I forced myself to make peace with the fact that it was just a matter of time before my baby girl was here. I made Kaelyn a deal that I would do whatever I needed to do to hold on to her as long as possible and she had to hold on until at least 28 weeks.
At 28 weeks 1 day, contractions started for the fifth and final time and at 3:11am on September 15th, Kaelyn was born. She was 2 lbs 9 oz and 14.5 inches long. She was so unbelievably tiny to me and though I was scared, in my heart I knew she would be fine. There was never truly a doubt about that in my mind. As of day 1, the nurses had only 1 word for her... feisty ;)
Kaelyn spent 73 days in the NICU and was on oxygen until she was 6 months old, but now you would never know she was born 12 weeks early. She is a healthy, happy wonderful little girl and she is celebrating her Fabulous First Year!
In celebration of her 1st birthday, I wanted to raise awareness and funds for a small non profit that has a mission of helping NICU families. Michael's Feat provides overnight bags, meals and/or gas cards to families in need. They raise funds for medical equipment and manage a family resource room at Monmouth Medical Center. We were lucky that we lived so close to JSUMC and that I was out on extended disability so I didn't have to worry about work. But I met mothers who traveled an hour or more each way to see their children, who had to have their babies divided between hospitals and who benefitted from from the kindness of Michael's Feat.
We were lucky. Kaelyn had a guardian angel to see her through. So in celebration of Kaelyn's first birthday and of September being NICU awareness month, we would like to pay it forward and raise funds to help families in need.