When you hear the statistic that there are over 500,000 babies born prematurely every year, it sounds huge. But I don’t know that even we really get what that means…..don’t completely understand just how many people whose lives have been affected. When Ryley was born so early six years ago, we felt so alone. No one we knew….not friends, not family…..had been where we were. No one we knew had even come close to dealing with prematurity. Logically, I KNEW we were not the only ones….I mean, there were 70+ other babies in Ryley’s NICU……but we seemed to be in our own world. I hear the numbers, but it doesn’t hit home until we start sharing our story around our schools and sports teams, and all of the sudden, this person and that person were, or know someone who was, touched by prematurity. This happened yesterday. Ryley’s soccer coach asked how my time away from home was, and what was I doing. I told her about our volunteering for the March of Dimes because Ryley was premature. She said “Oh, Ryley was a preemie? Both my boys were premature.” I was momentarily stunned. BOTH of her boys arrived early….five weeks for one, and seven weeks for the other. With the 35 weeker, she spent 2 months in the hospital on bedrest, on magnesium sulfate. Here is yet another mother who suffered, another mother I can completely relate to on this level. We will be asking them to join our Walk team this year!!!!!! One in eight babies…..that means that someone you know has been touched by this epidemic. I will tell Coach about SHARE! Her boys are 7 and 4 now, beautiful, active boys.
And Houston, we have a……..LOOSE TOOTH!!!!!!!!! Yessiree, Ryley has his first loose tooth. He is so proud! He keeps asking if it’s fallen out yet. I remind him that he will definitely KNOW when it has come out. Too funny. So he and Grace are learning about the Tooth Fairy now. We haven’t had to address this particular gift giver before now. And it cracks me up. So now I’m trying to figure out what the current going rate is for baby teeth. Any suggestions?
Even bigger news on the Schweitzer homefront….Ethan peeped on the potty last night!!!!!!! We may be on our way. I have literally been TERRIFIED of attempting to potty train him after all we’ve been through with Ryley. E has been asking to sit on the potty here and there, and we let him, but nothing has ever happened before. I think he does it because he likes to flush the toilet more than anything else. But last night, after baths and before jammies, he said he wanted to sit on the potty. Michael put him on, and he went!!! We almost had a party! He was jumping up and down, so excited because we were so excited. He may have been more excited over the fact that he got 2 Skittles (we firmly believe in “positive reinforcement” aka bribery with candy) than the fact that Mommy and Daddy were acting like idiots, but hey……He went peeps on the potty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have I said that I love our preschool? They do so much for the kids. Almost once a week, they have SOMEONE coming in to present an assembly…..Water Wabby (water conservation), Looney Dooney (presents through puppets and stuff on self-esteem, manners, friendship, etc), the Police Dept, the Fire Dept, all kinds of animals, and such. They recently had our police dept in, complete with squad car and motorcycle. The kids really love it. I love that they take special care to teach them that police officers are “good people” and not to be feared by the children. Anyways, the motorcycle was a HUGE hit, so each child got a chance to sit on it, and have their picture taken with two officers. We got the picture this morning. It is just so cute! All of the kids were so proud to show their picture to Mommy and Daddy. I love it. This one will be framed. Just had to share!!!