Josie Duggar Goes Home; I Remember When My Preemie Did

Julie Ryan Evans
7

Josie DuggarAfter six months in the NICU, Josie Duggar, the 19th child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, finally went home with her family.

According to People, she was actually released June 3, but had to stay away from her home because 12 of her siblings had chicken pox.

Josie was born at just 25 weeks after Michelle developed preeclampsia. She now weighs in at 9 pounds, 1 ounce.

"She has a double chin now," Michelle said. "It is so precious."  

Regardless of whether you agree with the Duggars' perpetual procreation, it's good to see them all back together as a family. While I'm sure they're thrilled, I know they have a long road ahead of them.

My son was born at 27 weeks and weighed just 1 pound, 15 ounces. I spent nearly three months in the NICU with him, and I know how difficult it was while he was there, but also how difficult it was to take him home.

After having doctors and nurses watch over my fragile baby around the clock, I was terrified to take him home, into my own care. While I longed to start his "real" life, it was overwhelming to leave the safety and comfort I'd found in the NICU.

There were a lot of scary moments and hurdles to overcome along the way, but my son grew and thrived. He was more fortunate than a lot of babies born so early. Today's he's an amazing 6 1/2-year-old, and no one would ever know he was a preemie.

I, of course, will never be able to forget.

I wish the Duggars all the best.                  

Have you had a premature baby? How did you feel when he or she went home?


Image via tlc.discovery.com

 

Read More