Hardly a day goes by, that I don’t think about this blog. I think about all the encouragement Joy and I received, while going through the scariest moments of our lives. I think about all the kind words. I am absolutely humbled when I think about the thousand’s of prayers offered up in her name. You guys are all such a blessing to Joy and I.
If you’re unfamiliar with this miracle story, here is a summary so beautifully told by Joy:
“Reed and I checked into the hospital hoping to stop the labor of our fragile little 32 week-er.
They stopped the contractions on Sunday night and first thing Monday morning I’d seen several doctors and had two scans on KC. Reed ran home to shower and open work and they told me to get him up here right away and “go ahead and prepare for the worst.” Our heart were crushed. They were going to go ahead and bring her the next day because her only chance, if any, was best outside of the womb where her conditions were worsening…
Tuesday morning, we were now 33 weeks and this was the day we would meet Kennedy. We text a few close friends and asked them to pray. We told them we’d been at the hospital since Sunday and we’d been told this would be a sad day for us. We were tired and scared and seriously missed our big girls….
Labor picked back up that morning as planned and progressed fairly quickly. Mid afternoon Roger Stark (thank you, Rog, for being part of the story!!!!) showed up and asked to pray for KC. He prayed specifically for life and healing for her body. While he prayed for healing I began having serious contractions. My nurse rushed in and put an oxygen mask on me because KC’s heart rate was unstable as he prayed…
About 20 minutes after Rog left I asked the nurse to stop by when she had a moment. She rushed in the room immediately. She took one look and yelled at Reed to get dressed while she called the doctor. I could see the panic in her face. The doctor was there a few moments later and they rushed us to the O.R. You could feel the tension in the room. Within 15 minutes Kennedy had arrived…
I could see the doctors face relax a little as he looked her over. The NICU team rushed in as he dropped her on my chest. I cried more in that minute that I held her than I think I’ve cried in my whole life combined. For that one minute we were just a normal family welcoming our new baby. The NICU team quickly rushed her off and our first moments without her, fear set in…
The last thing our doctor said before walking out was, “that is not the sick little girl I expected to see. I don’t want to say anything either way but she’s certainly not what I expected to see. She gave us a nice cry and she’s beautiful, that’s a good thing.” They returned us to our room and we sat and waited for news on our little girl….
Finally, the neonatologist that we’d met weeks prior came into our room. Her face was expressionless. It felt like an eternity passed before she finally opened her mouth. She looked at both of us and finally spoke, “well, mom and dad, she’s doing GREAT!!” She gave us a huge smile and took Reed to meet her and get a health update on her. I don’t remember much of anything or anyone from the time he left until the time he came back. I don’t even remember the relief I must’ve felt. I just tried my best to wait patiently, almost like I needed to see it to believe it….
She was perfect in every way. I loved every part of her, especially that extra chromosome that was now so insignificant to our thoughts. She was alive and well! We were still waiting for a heart update but nothing seemed like a problem too big. Our favorite quote of that day ended up being from her cardiologist, who’d been following her since July…
Reed was with her during the heart scan. After the scan, her cardiologist looked at him and said these exact words,”the problems we saw in utero simply do not exist!!!!” (That still gives me chills!) She then raced to my room to update me. I could literally feel her excitement as she walked in the room. I’m sure I was still crying but these were now only tears of happiness. We’d just witnessed a true miracle!! It was the life changing kind. It was The miracle that so many of you prayed for on her behalf. Matt 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” A friend of my moms (Janet) sent her this picture of downtown Jax on October 2nd shortly after we heard the good news. She had absolutely no idea what was going at that time. This was no coincidence. (One last one coming!)
Believe it or not, it has been one year since that day. The day this sweet girl made her presence on earth. While doctors and statistics told us this day would never come, I am so grateful to serve a God of miracles. A God that had an entirely different plan for KC’s first year than what the doctor’s predicted.
To say that KC is thriving would be an enormous understatement. Kennedy is a completely healthy, unbelievably beautiful, incredibly curious, amazingly smart one year old little girl. She continues to defy odds in ways that impress doctors, nurses and therapist.
Her heart? It has a small pea sized hole. We expect to have a small surgery sometime before she is a teenager to have it closed up, but it’s an easy outpatient procedure. A drastic improvement from the immediate open heart surgery we were told to plan for just hours before her arrival.
God is so good.
She is absolutely amazing, and I wish i could write 100,000 words about how great she is doing. But they say a picture is worth 1000 words, so here you go: