In the preemie world there are usually two birthdays, the corrected and the actual. Colton's actual is 11/25/07, his corrected is 3/17/08 (his due date). There is one more very important day in Colton's life, May 14, 2008, the day he came home from UK Hospital. There are no words to describe how a mother who has been trapped in the world of the NICU for any extended period of time feels the day she finally brings her little miracle home. It is the best feeling in the world (once you get passed the terror of no longer having medical professionals on hand 24/7). On this day last year I finally, after 172 days of his life, carried Colton through the front door of our home, up the stairs and into his room. His room, the place that had felt so wrong, like something was missing, was finally complete, he was home. Now, a year later, I once again find myself at a loss of words to describe the way I feel. The only word I can imagine to describe the feeling I get when I look into Colt's precious little face is blessed, truly, truly blessed.
The Darnell's, just before leaving UK Hospital for the first time as a family.
Two of my favorite people at UK, Heather and Kristi telling Colton "Bye"
Seth & I met in Kindergarten, we went to school together for 13 years but didn't start dating until the summer before our senior year of high school. After college, we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Colton was born in 2007 at 23 weeks and fought for his life in the NICU for 6 long months. He is the strongest little boy I know, he's my hero. I married Seth in 2008 and we live happily with our first son in Kentucky. Colton is blind and has severe developmental delays and mild cerebral palsy due to his early birth but we all work hard everyday to make sure he has the beautiful life we all know he deserves. We thank God daily for all he has given us. We live by the verse "Everything is possible for him who believes." Mark 9:23