Back in December I wrote about my cousin Jordyn. She gave birth to her son, Ellis, at 27 weeks and 2 days. I wrote that post about a week after he was born – November 27, 2020. He has been in the NICU ever since. She has been staying up near the children’s hospital. The hospital is 3 hours from home where her husband and two young daughters are.
Ellis has had a rough journey. Over the course of his NICU stay he has developed NEC twice! For those that are unfamiliar NEC is necrotizing enterocolitis. NEC is the most common and serious intestinal disease among premature babies. It happens when tissue in the small or large intestine is injured or inflamed. For Ellis, it was brought on by fortified formula feeds. This has been a very long 5 months for Jordyn and her family.
However, I HAVE THE BEST NEWS!
Ellis came home TODAY! Tuesday, May 11, 2021 will go down as the one of the best days of their lives.
Are these just the best photos? I can speak from experience when I say these photos contain smiles like you’ll never see again.
Countless prayers were answered once again. Ellis had a much longer journey than we did. Jordyn was in the hospital for 5 weeks before he was born. That translates to 200 days in Kansas City (away from home) and 165 days in the NICU. The Lord was fully present during their stay. We don’t always see the blessings, but we trust His plan.
Thank you to those of you that prayed for this sweet family. To those of you that asked about them. To those that were broken hearted for them. To everyone that spent any time at all thinking about them.
Jordyn and Colten, we are so happy for you guys. We know this joy and can’t tell you the happiness we have seeing you two get to this day!