Well, by now I am sure most, if not all, of our blog readers are aware that Garrett James Fons has arrived! On Tuesday, August 16th, at 8:35 PM, Garrett was born, weighing 5 lb. 2 oz. and measuring 18 1/4 inches long – screaming at the top of his lungs!!
After I had been in the hospital on bed rest for a week, the doctors were still unable to stop my contractions. Because I had a previous vertical uterine incision from Wyatt and Jack, which is inherently weak, the doctors were concerned about uterine rupture if the contractions continued at the same intensity. So, at 33 weeks and 3 days, it was decided that the risks of not delivering were too great, and Garrett was born by c-section that night.
The experience of having another preemie was very emotional as Greg and I were still unsettled with our previous NICU experience, not to mention losing Wyatt and Jack just 2 short years ago. In our heads, we knew Garrett was a full 8 weeks older at birth than Wyatt and Jack, and because of that, it “should” be a completely different experience altogether, yet walking through those NICU doors was something we had hoped never to do again. The smells, sounds and people were all the same. It was like walking back into a nightmare.
I held my breath, waiting for the bad news to be delivered again and again. But it never came. In fact, I heard things such as “you can expect the best” from the doctors. The nurses and respiratory therapists were consistently surprising us with outstanding progress reports – Garrett was able to eat the day after he was born. He was taken off all respiratory support and moved to an “open crib” by day 3. By day 5 he was moved out of the NICU to a intermediate-care nursery. And on day 10, his Angel Brothers’ 2nd birthday, Garrett was able to join us at home.
We are overjoyed with this blessing God has given us. We may never know why we had to endure the loss we did. We may never know why Garrett was meant to come early. But our faith tells us, “…we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
1 Samuel 1:27