My mom has been friends with my Aunt Cathy since I was a baby. My cousin, Jordyn, is about a year and a half younger than I am. We are very similar to one another. We’re both…leaders. And we seem to go through quite a few of the same situations.
One I remember vividly happened in 2009 when we visited our family in Missouri for Thanksgiving. During that time Jordyn, and I were both going through a breakup. We were both so sad that whole week. Our moms kept telling us that one day we would forget about those boys and laugh about the whole thing. And we did. After those breakups we both ended up finding the men we would marry.
Let’s fast forward to 2020. You all know our story of Nell being born early. I wrote every single day while she was in the NICU to keep everyone updated. The 70 days we were there were not easy, but I knew God had a plan for my story. It took me a long time to find the blessings in our journey. There are a lot of things about what happened with her that I now realize needed to happen. I believe that part of His plan was for me to be able to be there for other mamas that would, one day, go through the same thing I went through. I just never thought it would be for a family member.
I can’t remember when I found out that Jordyn was pregnant with her third baby. But I remember being so excited for her! She and Colten already had two beautiful little girls, but they wanted to try one more time for a little boy. They didn’t want to find out the baby’s gender until birth. They wanted to be surprised.
Around week 6 Jordyn began bleeding and she thought she was having a miscarriage. She was not. A visit to the ER determined that what she had was a subchorionic hemorrhage. Sometimes this kind of hemorrhage will shrink, but Jordyn’s grew. Her doctors couldn’t figure out what was happening and told her that the baby would most likely not make it. Jordyn and Colten were told that their baby had a less than 1% chance of survival. But they prayed through every single doctors appointment. They knew God had a plan for this baby.
At 15 weeks Jordyn’s water tore and never resealed. At week 22 Jordyn was rushed to a hospital about 3 hours from home. Every single week they prayed. She made it to week 23, then 24, then 25. She made it to week 27 without issue. If you’ve followed my story, you know this is where my pregnancy ended. And it’s just one more thing she and I have in common. She made it two days longer than I did. At 27 weeks and 2 days Jordyn had an emergency c-section and gave birth to a beautiful baby BOY!
Colten Ellis Jones was born on November 27, 2020 at 2lb 8oz and 15″ long.
Once again, if you’ve followed my story you know that Nellie was born at 2lbs 8oz and 15.5″ long. Just one more thing Jordyn and I have in common. How crazy is it that we both gave birth at 27 weeks and our babies weighed the same and were just about the same length? It’s hard to deny that I was meant to be there for Jordyn as support from a mama who has been where she is.
Baby Ellis has a long road ahead of him. He has already been on an oscillator and come off of it. What the doctors said would be his biggest issue, his lungs, seems to be going very well for him. He does have a bowel obstruction that needs to be repaired. He has already had one surgery that went very well. He will have a colostomy bag for 6 weeks and then they’ll go back for a second surgery to complete the repair. Jordyn says he is absolutely crushing it in the NICU.
Jordyn and Colten are also doing well. They’re taking it one day at a time, because that’s all they can do. They continue to pray for and with their sweet baby boy. Today, December 5, Jordyn got to hold her son for the very first time. This is a moment that will forever be in her heart.
Their situation is a bit different than Bryan and I. We were only 20 minutes from Nell’s NICU. They’re 3 hours from Ellis’ NICU. Because of this Jordyn will be staying in the same city as the baby. However, because of the current state of COVID Jordyn is unable to stay in the Ronald McDonald House if she wants to be able to have her husband and daughters visit her. So, she’s looking into getting a short term, fully furnished apartment. The cost of this plus the medical bills that are sure to follow will cause a financial strain.
If you feel compelled to give, please consider donating to their GoFundMe campaign. We’ve all been in situations where we’ve needed a little extra help. If you can’t donate, please pray for this sweet family. Prayers are coveted during this time. We continue to see these prayers answered, so keep them coming.