When I brought my newborn daughter home from the hospital, she was nearly 7 pounds. Still, I could hardly believe that I was responsible for this tiny human being! I felt like she was the tiniest, most fragile thing on the planet. Even looking back, I still feel that way, but then I read stories like that of little Jayce Odin Boelk who was born at -- get this -- 13 ounces!
Let me repeat that: ounces. That's just a tiny bit bigger than a can of soda! It's the size of a first class letter! Only we're not talking cans of soda or envelopes. We're talking about a baby. And now for the amazing news.
Last week, 126 days after being born as one of the smallest babies in the world, the smallest baby ever to come into this world at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Jayce went home.
His parents, Marine Cpl. Monica Lovings and her husband, Marine Cpl. Allen Boelk, were able to take their little boy out of the NICU at the time they expected to actually become parents -- Jayce was born four months premature on October 11. He was kept in the hospital for all this time to prepare his body for life outside of a hospital.
I'm caught between wanting to cheer and do a jig for this military family and marveling at how silly I was back when I brought my daughter home. She was nearly 7 pounds! Compared to little Jayce, she was a giantess!
Jayce's story really puts things in perspective for me. It can be intimidating being a brand new mother, especially when you have this teeny weeny little person in your arms. But little people can do amazing things ...
Check out this incredible family:
How big was your baby at birth? Were you intimidated by his or her size?
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