This Journey Our Life

A timeline (in pictures) of our baby's first weeks in the NICU

Camelia, cami's health and progress, Family, micropreemie, NICU, premature birth, prematurity, Special Needs, Special Needs ParentingRachel

I enjoy painting pictures with words and by now I'm sure you're aware that much of my writing stems from all that I've experienced since and because of Cami's premature birth.
But today I'm going to let pictures tell the story.

Out of our 176 day NICU journey, the days in the beginning stretched on the longest with every hour Cami was alive, miraculous.  There were many days we were uncertain of her survival, but with God's hand upon her she fought to live!
Today is a flashback to some of the milestones that stand out from the first ten weeks of Cami's NICU stay. 

Our lives were forever changed upon the birth of our first child

                                                            Camelia Faith born at 9:53 a.m. 6/17/04
                                                                       23 weeks, 1 day gestation
                                                                   1 lb. 2 oz. (527 grams), 11 1/2 in.

Unable to hold her, but thankful to let her feel our love through touch.


We felt like real parents when nurses let us change her diapers and give her baths.

At five weeks, we were able to "hold" her, cradling her over her isolette (incubator).

After seven weeks, we were thrilled for a chance to hold her in our arms!



 After ten long weeks, we were thrilled that she was off the ventilator (onto CPAP)!!!!

Smiling even bigger to finally hear her cry!

Cami was blessed to have Barb as her primary nurse. She lovingly cared for Cami throughout her entire six month stay.
More of my favorite captured moments

                                                                            {Week 15}

There were, of course, many more milestones during Cami's NICU stay but I'll share those another time.

Thank you for taking the time to view these pictures, each one a reminder of God's grace in Cami's life--His grace in ours.

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11