My very close friends, Missy and Dan, recently gave birth to a sweet baby boy.
15 weeks early.
It has been an incredible story, watching this tiny little baby fight for his life, and grow, and succeed. He's doing an incredible job.
And the hospital, way out there in Nebraska, has been an amazing facility -- providing the best technology and care.
Except, really, for one very small thing.
The hospital is host to a lot of preemies, but it cannot provide enough preemie-appropriate blankets.
Missy explains the situation in her letter below, but I was thinking it would be SO GREAT if some or even just one of you out there with a little bit of time and inclination wouldn't mind sending a soft, soothing blanket to a preemie in need.
What do you think?
Here's the info -- please feel free to ask questions!
: : White Blanket Project : :
My son, Jonah, was born June 1st, arriving 15 weeks prematurely and on
the threshold of viability. He weighed 1lb 8.8oz, was 12.75" long and
was given an APGAR score of only 2. He spent his first 6 weeks of
life on a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own. He fought
pneumonia and only barely avoided having heart surgery. Today, he
weighs 4lbs 0.9oz, is taking a few of his feedings by bottle each
day, and is breathing on his own with supplemental oxygen. He is
still struggling, but he is finally having more good days than bad.
The hospital provides blankets and bedding for each baby, but these
have been washed so many times that they are scratchy and faded. All
babies enjoy the feel of soft textures against their skin, but for
premature babies this is even more important. They have so many
unpleasant experiences each day, having a soft blanket can go a long
way to soothe them. I made a soft white blanket for Jonah early on,
and since I have made blankets for a few of the other babies when I
can. I wish I could make blankets for all of them, but I can't. So, I
am asking you for help.
I am collecting white blankets, knit from soft, machine washable yarnor sewn from soft white fabric. These will be washed and given to thenurses to give to other families in the NICU as they arrive. Not only
will your contribution give comfort to a small baby as it struggles to
survive, having a blanket made just for their baby helps parents feel
supported during this very difficult time. These blankets don't need
to be very large, only 20" x 20".
Time is of the essence. If you are interested in participating, the
blanket(s) you make will need to be mailed no later than August 25.
Please email me at WhiteBlanketProject@gmail.com for a shipping
Thank you very much!
Jonah thanks you, too!