Moment to Moment
Everything can change in an instant during a NICU stay. One minute your baby can be doing fine, while in the next, alarms are going off everywhere, and things are critical. You learn to cherish the quiet moment, the uneventful hours, and the days where there are glimmers that your baby may eventually go home.
But, there are those other moments that make you question everything. When you see your baby struggling just to breathe, when there are more wires than baby, and when you can’t do anything to comfort your own child. You can’t hear them cry because they are stuck in that box, but you can see the pain on their little face. That moment your heart is broken.
Then, there is another moment where your heart is whole again. The time you get to touch your sweet baby’s tiny hand, and they grab your finger. Your first experience holding them, skin against your skin. The first time one of those wires is removed.
It truly is moment to moment in the NICU. Sometimes it seems like the bad will always outnumber the good, but then it will all turn around, and you are going home. Not everyone gets to go home or has that turn around, but everyone has a moment they will always hold on to. No matter what happens, you get to witness a true miracle. Even if it’s not for as long as you hope.
Today, we will meet one of those miracles. I’m happy to introduce you to Waylon, as told by his mom, Stephanie.