pregnancy update: born on the fourth of july.

Eric C. Snowdeal IV.
born at 8:36 p.m. on july fourth 2004.

weight: 1 pound 7 ounces
length: 12 inches

sometimes things they don’t turn out quite exactly how you planned.

72 hours ago there was not a single, solitary hint that kris and i would be thrust into the most emotionally wrenching experience that any parent-to-be could ever go through.

what looked initially like a bad migraine turned far, far too quickly into a life threatening, early, undetectable and freakishly aggressive case of preeclampsia.

in 48 hours kris went from a healthy, happy mother-to-be, to a woman who was frighteningly close to having a stroke and seizure and whose kidneys and liver were failing. and so, at 7:00 p.m. on july fourth 2004, the impossibly hard choice was made to deliver eric at a time when the odds aren’t in his favor to help kris survive.

kris is slowly recovering. her blood pressure is still far, far too high, but her kidneys and liver are slowly recovering. beautiful and fragil eric has a tough, tough path ahead of him. the statistics are not good for a baby born in the 24th and 6th day of gestation. the professionals would not give him a better than 65 percent chance of survival. but he’s already shown himself to be a good fighter and i truly believe he’s going to give it one hell of a shot.

no matter what your pursuasion, please think good thoughts for us.

we’re going to need it.

9 thoughts on “pregnancy update: born on the fourth of july.”

  1. We had a micro premmie baby this morning at 24 weeks, she is so small, looking at all your stories gives up hope and optimism, but i know we have a long way to go but at least we know from reading your messages that we do have a chance

  2. I had a micro-preemie nearly 3 weeks ago. She was born 15 weeks early (25 weeks gestation) weighed 1 lb. 3oz. She’s in the NICU but thriving more and more everyday. I will pray for your child and family just as deeply as I pray for my own. Hang in there!

  3. Hey! I had my precious daughter at 23 weeks 2 days gestation, weighing a mere 1lb 4.5oz (580g). After 3 long months in NICU, and 1 month in SCBU, she was released a week before her actual due date! After requiring oxygen her whole life, she's been off 2 and a half weeks. She is a healthy 7 and a half month old, 3 and a half months corrected!
    It is truely amazing what hospitals can do now! Before I had my daughter, I never would have thought a baby being born so early would survive. But they are true miracles. It is a very very long journey, but it's all worth it in the end. Best wishes to you! All the best x

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