Meet Felicity & Billy | Wall of Hope

Only 9 months apart. Both preemies.

Felicity quickly earned the name "fiesty Felicity" while in the NICU

Definitely a fighter.

Born at only 14 oz. Not joking.

The only child I've ever photographed, born that small.

The fact that she's still with us and doing great, a complete miracle.

Her and brother Billy, complete opposites, but both so sweet!

Talked with Mom for a bit...

Her and I both agree that as NICU parents it's hard to enjoy the moment.

You're constantly, while in the NICU, striving for that next step...

gotta eat all bottles, keep gaining weight, maintain body temp....

hoping for a good eye checkup, good brain scans....

yada yada yada.

It's hard to switch your head when you leave, because then you have PT and OT to monitor development.

Almost always preemies are measured on scale a with "normal" babies.

You're constantly wishing and hoping that they do this, or do that....after all, that would be "normal"...

all the while, missing what they're doing NOW.

I had an epiphany when talking to her.

Realized that I'm finally enjoying the "present" with Sadie Mae.

For once, I'm wishing that she not learn so quickly...

...seems my baby is growing too fast. She's almost 3. I'm just now thinking on these things.

I'm praying that this Mom has that epiphany sooner than me!

That she wouldn't miss ONE "present" moment with these two.

Somehow between the madness of life and all of the "should-be-doings" she'll find a place of contentment.

Our children need us, in the present.

If you'd like to sponsor Felicity & Billy's wall portrait, to be displayed on the walls leading to the NICU, below is the link where you can give. Any amount over the cost of printing will be applied to our goal of 1 sound ear, 1 IV finder, and 5 breast milk warmers for the Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Greenville Hospital System. All gifts are tax deductible and you'll receive a receipt from the Greenville Hospital System.

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