Movie Night Birthday Party…..
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God. I will
strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you
with my righteous right hand.
It is always such fun celebrating birthdays and significant milestones in anything that we do, and especially huge accomplishments. Cole Jameson Sawyer turned 10, and that’s BIG for us!! He has taken me on a roller coaster ride ever since the moment he was born. I don’t give my boys a HUGE party every year, we only celebrate those milestones birthday’s. The last time Mr. Cole had a party was when he turned 5 years old. He is the biggest ball of energy, and never ceases to amaze Jerral and I.
Cole was born on February 10, 2007, and truly was NOT due until March 17th, 2007 (St. Patrick’s Day). Well, just like his BIG brother he decides to come a month early. Only to my dismay he comes with an agenda, and more health problems than you can imagine. Cole was born with a disease called “Necrotizing Enterocolitis” (NEC) which means dying of the tissue. Around 28 weeks a portion of his small intestines (30%) begin to die away in utero. Cole had a short delivery, only an hour in labor, and 3 pushes later he made his debut (screaming).. He was here!!!
As I type this story I am completely reminded that he is my “MIRACLE”, and that is enough for me. When we discovered Cole was ill, he was 3 days old, and we luckily were still in hospital THANK GOD!!! They couldn’t quite put their finger on it, but administered a spinal tap, for meningitis, found nothing.
The next step was exploratory belly surgery, and we found this “Necrotizing Enterocolitis”🙁 This put us in the NICU for 119 days, and 3 surgeries later. I watched my little guy fight for his life, I learned quickly where the hospital chapel was located, and during that time period I DID know GOD, but it was then I truly learned how to pray.. We found the bad GUT, like they say in the NICU, and cut it out which made a stoma and colostomy bag for a couple months.
When the gastro surgeon met me in the waiting area, he told me that was the worst case of NEC that he had ever SEEN. I cried and fell to the floor, and asked him the TRUTH!! What are the chances of us surviving this , he said “50/50.:( This is how we lived for the next few months, but we dealt with it and prayed for the best that God could give us. We stayed in Texas Woman’s Hospital, and we got comfortable because this was my life for the next 119 days.
Writing this post does not get any more real than this.. I am being completely transparent here. It was just Cole and I through this journey, with the God and the, love of my mother holding me up. (RIP momma, I miss you)… Wrapping my head around this, going through a divorce, and raising my 3 year old was NO easy feat, but somehow God showed up, and gave me the hope, love, and reminded me who was at the helm of our ship.
Celebrating 10 years…. My survivor
Watching him grow, and be loving towards other reminds me that he is a “MIRACLE”, and the journey that we have walked thus far. I love this little boy, and I love watching him grow. Celebrating this milestone birthday was so much deeper than anyone could ever imagine. This was a child that was NOT promised to me, and I couldn’t be anymore grateful today to see 10 years with him. Cole reminds Jerral and I, of life, pure love, sacrifice, and heartfelt thankfulness.
Movie Night Goodies…..
He wanted something low key, but this was NOT surprising to Jerral and I. He is always pretty low key. I had a friend of mine that lives nearby make his creative cookies which came out so DARN nice. Cole loved these cookies, and we chose those swirl pops, and a cute movie themed toy for each bag. We stuck to simple food such as nachos, and juice boxes. Also, decided to have pop corn with the movie of the night “FINDING DORY”!! We also surprised the kids with MOVIE boxes of candy of their choice.
These moments are the one that I live for, and I will never forget the love and laughter that we had on this day. I love this little boy, and I thank God everyday for his mere existence. Keep growing my little dude… Happy 1oth Birthday Cole…