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World Prematurity Day . . . and turning thirteen

On the 18th of November, I officially become the mother of a teenager. Which seems weird because I’m only 25. And it’s doubly weird because in some bizarre harmonic convergence, the 17th of November is officially “World Prematurity Day,” a day devoted to heightening awareness about premature birth and to help support the various institutions that work with the families and babies dealing with the difficulties that arise when a …

Slow growing

“Growth disorder.” It was one item on a checklist of ailments that I was filling out at the dermatologist’s office, where I’d taken Liam so the doctor could inspect a mole on Liam’s back. “Growth disorder,” on a list with asthma, leukemia, shingles, bleeding tendency (what on earth is that, I wonder? Don’t we all have a tendency to bleed?)…a list of problems long enough to fill the entire sheet …

Decade

That foot you see on the left is Liam’s foot on November 18, 2000, the day he was born. The right foot is his one-year foot print.  The tiny burrito-sized baby, born two months early and 5 ounces shy of two pounds, turned 10 today. The doctors predicted possible respiratory problems, developmental delays, vision problems, motor skill deficiencies…none of which came to pass.  Liam became known as the smallest, healthiest …