Day 100: Happy Due Date!

I imagined September 29th a little differently in my head when I was first told that we were pregnant.  I envisioned laboring at home for awhile and then going to the hospital, having one of my close friends be my nurse and then delivering a precious baby that everyone could hold, touch, kiss, and love on. I had no idea this would actually be week 15 of my child’s life.  As a preemie mom, you have to morn those ideas and be ok with the fact that you didn’t have the magical delivery that you planned in your head.  That takes awhile.  It hurts when those dreams do not become reality, but God knew, before me, that His plan for my delivery would be far greater than I could imagine.

January 31st was the day that we confirmed we were pregnant and determined our baby’s expected due date.  June 20th came fast, way fast!  It rocked our world, but I can’t imagine life without her now.  I miss her when we aren’t at the hospital and I think about her every minute of the day.  There were days that we didn’t know if she would be here on September 29th.  I’m so happy to be writing this post and updating everyone that she is doing AMAZING and we hope to have her home sometime in October!

She is off oxygen completely and taking 3 bottles a day with supplemental NG tube feeds.  Her goal is to work up to 8 bottles a day.  She has been doing great so far and we are praying she dominates this challenge – per usual.

Spending 100 days in the NICU is not ideal for a new family of 3, but we haven’t done it alone.  This journey has brought new and deeper friendships, an army of prayer warriors for one little tiny girl, and people closer to Jesus — including us.  Her life is incredible already and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for this little one.

So, happy due date, Grey Delphine Powell!  4lbs 4 ounces and 16.5 inches long.  We are so happy you are here and love you so much!  Praise God!

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12 thoughts on “Day 100: Happy Due Date!

  1. I know you don’t know me, but I just had a chance to read your story. Your Grey is beautiful and such a fighter! My name is Kelly and I ALSO have a Gray who was born early. Coincidentally enough, I was admitted on 6/20/14 at 26 weeks. I was in active labor, but, thankfully, they were able to stop it. My Gray held on another 2 weeks before she made her appearance. I just thought it was pretty crazy that there is another Grey who was preemie 🙂 They make for tough little girls. Hang in there and best of luck with that gorgeous girly!

  2. I just started to follow your story…it’s been inspirational so far and I’m so happy for you guys. .you are truly blessed..we are currently in the same NICU with our 25 weeker. She was born on 9/25 and weighed 1.2…they said we shold check out your story. .thanks for sharing!

  3. She is a beautiful gift from God. Happy due date and congratulations on her first 100 days! We will continue to pray for you all.

  4. Praise the Lord for the life of little Grey! Thank you so much for sharing your story and posting updates. I love reading about what the Lord is doing in your precious little family!

  5. Thank you for sharing your story! My son was in the NICU for 5 weeks and is not NEARLY the experience you have had to endure but I am blessed by your story and have been praying as well. You and your family are loved by many even those of us who have never met you before. Be Blessed – you are beautiful family !!

  6. This is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for being so honest and real…yet always pointing to the One who is holding it all together. So encouraged by this story that God is writing through this amazing little girl! Can’t wait to meet you, Grey!

  7. SO PreciOus!!!!! Love that she is here and you get to ceLebrate 100 days with her!
    Hugs and Continued prayers for this little WarRior!!!!!

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