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The Birth of a Son

Updated on November 20, 2014
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Poetry Challenge!

This was written in response to PHILLYDREAMER's Poetry Challenge: Life's Special Moments. I did this right when I started here at hubpages and I didn't quite follow the entire expectation. So.....I am updating and doing it right this time around! First and foremost, thank you to PHILLYDREAMER for presenting these challenges. They are fun and interesting. Even though I don't present them all, I do enjoy playing around with your ideas. Hubbers, I highly recommend a visit there!Try a challenge or two!

Ben at about one week old....2 pounds!
Ben at about one week old....2 pounds! | Source

My Special Moment

Too soon....it's too soon. Hurry, hurry. Blurred images rushing past me, a strong breeze on me as they race me to delivery. I can't breathe. Please someone, help me breathe. I see my sister. Standing in the corner. Is she crying? She's holding a bag. My lunch, a treat? We turn a corner, someone checking my IV, my oxygen mask. Someone checking the fetal monitor as we race through the hospital. All that I am, all that I was, all that I will be....led up to this moment. There is nothing else. We arrive. I expected it to be quiet and pastoral but it wasn't. As the doctors and nurses kept piling in, they kept a steady flow of conversation. People counting, hands lifting me to another bed, blood pressure cuff on. Oxygen turned up. People greeting me, explaining what they are doing. I want to yell "Stop! Don't worry about me. Take care of the baby" I am all alone in the crowd. A crowd of doctor's and nurses that I have spent the last 5 weeks with, preparing for this moment. I am NOT ready I want to shout. I feel like crying. I think maybe I am a little. It's too soon. I want my husband. I want my mother. They are outside I am told. They are here for you. Outside. All told there are at least 10 people in the room, maybe more. We have gathered a following, this tiny baby and I and everyone wants to be here to witness this birth. This little miracle. I am so scared and so afraid to admit that I am a little bit excited to finally meet you. Happy, giddy excited. The way I think a woman at a full term birth must feel. Soon I feel pressure, tugging. I want my husband, my mother. They are outside.I am so afraid. Not of the pain. I am afraid for my baby. It's too soon.There is one nurse, my nurse, here just for me. She strokes my hair and holds my hand. They continue, more pressure, more tugging. Then quiet. So quiet. Too quiet. I wait for what seems like an eternity. The doctor comes around. He tells me it's a boy. A boy. I ask "Is he...?" I can't finish the question. He tell me yes, he is breathing. I breathe, too. They are working on me. I don't want them to fix me or help me until I see him. I don't want them to touch anything but him. Keep him alive. I try to watch. I strain to see him but all I can see are shadows. Soon, a nurse is standing in front of me. She has a tiny blanket that she brings near my face. I spot a very tiny face. I gasp in wonder, in amazement. There is a slight flutter like a tiny butterfly, a miniature hand snakes out. My nurse, my support, takes my hand and brings it to yours. I am still basking in the wonder of your being as you are whisked away and I surrender to sweet oblivion.

This was one of the scariest days of my life as well the one of the happiest. Our little miracle grew up to be an amazing young man. Please read the post I wrote for his college graduation this past May!

According to the March of Dimes

In 2009 more than one million infants died per year because they were born too early. Preterm babies are any baby born at the 37th week or before. 1 in 8 babies is born early.

I couldn't have said it better!

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Wow! How premature were you?

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      He was 10 weeks early! 2 and a half pounds!

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      My son was born at 29 weeks,he was around the same weight. I wasn't scared when i saw him, because he looked so strong. He's 11 years old now.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      So happy to hear he did so well! It's pretty crazy but Ben is almost 23 and my water broke at 20 weeks so they didn't think we had a hope! It's great to see the improvements they are making in medicine!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome story!!! My daughters were both premature (now 17 years old and 15 years old) and it is scary but I am soooooo THANKFUL for them each day!!!

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      Terri Meredith 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      One of my granddaughters was 2 1/2 months early. My daughter and her husband were living across the country in New Mexico and I was just beside myself with worry. She had gone into labor a month before and they had managed to stop it every time. Then it happened and they couldn't stop it. The baby got stuck in my daughter's pelvis and a C section was the only way to go. But, Aurora is now going to be 12 in a few days and she's healthy and very, very active! She's our little miracle baby!

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      CBM1987 4 years ago

      Beautiful story,

      I was born prem, 1 month early. Very Ill had to be incubated for 11 days. The docs didn't believe I would make it, that I would survive. Yet 25 yrs later here I am.

      Birth of a child is an awesome feeling, when my daughter was born I sobbed like a little baby. Seeing my whole world unfold right before my eyes. I won't ever forget that moment, twas life changing for me

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you all so much for your kind words! And our collective children, grandchildren and selves are a tribute to all the fine medical staff treating us! @Patty. So glad your girls are doing well. @Terri Aurora's birth sounds a lot like Ben's. I was in labour on and off for 10 weeks. He was delivered by c-section 10 weeks early @CBM1987 always happy to see how well all you beautiful preemies are doing! Our Ben spent 4 months in the NICU and as happy as I was to bring him home, I was pretty scared.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Enjoy every second. I did. Yet when Peter went off to college I cried for a week. It was over.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Like you, I enjoyed every second and learned to make each one count. This year he graduated from college!

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      Every birth is very special to the parents but to give birth to a premature baby must be so difficult. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you! He is a very special young man! we were blessed!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      You are such a wonderful, descriptive writer! I felt like I was right there experiencing everything.. I could feel the fear, excitement and anticipation.. I know that is a day you will never forget. I am so glad everything turned out okay. This is beautiful hub :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Jamie! It was part of a poetry challenge so I tried just to work on the impressions and feelings I had (that sort of out of body feeling) I'm relly glad you liked it!

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