I just realized how long it's been since I've been on Share, much less posted. I stay engaged with my close Share friends via text and social media. and have a general mom blog on another site. But I realized I've missed my Share family, the bond here, the ability to talk about certain things and just know people here will get it.
Since I've been offline so long, I'll take a second to reintroduce myself and why I'm here....
We went through 18 months of fertility treatments, miscarrying our first pregnancy very early. We got pregnant with our oldest on our first round of gonal-F shots. At nine weeks, I started spotting. My doctor said there was nothing they could do for me - I would miscarry, or I wouldn't. A week later, the spotting stopped. We thought we were out of the woods. At 23 weeks 4 days, at a prenatal massage appointment, I started gushing blood from a placenta abruption. Admitted, magnesium sulfate started, and steroid shots given, we settled in for the ride. Sixteen days later, I developed a staph infection, and we had to let our baby come. Born at exactly 26 weeks, weighing exactly 2 pounds, our son Ryley came into this world. I heard a tiny mewling sound just before he was intubated. Ry spent 93 days in the NICU, and came home on Christmas Day. He's now almost 17 years old, entering his Junior year of high school where he runs cross country and plays Varsity golf. He's a rock star - perfectly normal and healthy. He was diagnosed with asthma at age 4, with ADHD and a visual processing disorder at 8 (he's outgrown that, although he wears glasses due to genetically bad eyesight).
I got pregnant with our daughter when Ry had been home from the NICU for a week - when your doctor tells you can't get pregnant on your own, you tend to believe him. Oh well. Grace was born at 41 weeks 1 day. Our youngest son, Ethan, was induced the day after his due date. That's us in a nutshell. I am mom to three teenagers.
I found Share back in January 2005. It quickly became my safe haven, the place I could heal from hurts I didn't realize Ryley's prematurity had left me with, and the place I could offer the hope of his successes. I found so many amazing people, including four who are my besties - my safety net and lifeline. If you're new here, I hope you get to have a similar experience. If you've been around for awhile, I apologize for being MIA for so long. You're all always on my mind.
Hi Donna, welcome back - thanks for sharing your story of your son Ryley. I joined Share earlier this year although my twins are now 4 :) I think people like you (who came back to share their story) are the ones that got me through each day on bedrest, knowing that preemies can just grown up like any other kid. I know not everyone has that same story though. Again, thanks for posting!
So glad to see you back Donna! You are an inspiration to all of us !
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