Thursday, November 21, 2013

Every Season

I have often said that I find God in the changing of the seasons.  I see the correlations between the seasons of our lives and the earthly seasons.  For this reason I am so glad to live in a place that has such beautiful season changes.
Today as I looked out on the final beautiful leaves that are lingering, I recognize that again with the seasons, the Nally family again is entering a new season.  We have lots going on that we haven’t shared with many just yet (And, no, I'm not pregnant :P) .  I will begin to share more in the coming days.  Today I will share the first bit of news with you...

I have accepted a new position and begin in two weeks on December 5th.  I am joining the team at the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (  Their main purpose is to improve health outcomes for mothers and infants in Tennessee.  They do this through bringing together Obstetricians, Neonatologists, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pediatricians, Hospital Administration, and Parents all together to work towards this goal of improving health outcomes. 

Over the last 5 years, they have made great strides in lowering the infant mortality rate, decreasing infections in the NICU, instituting scans for congenital heart defects and so much more.

If you know anything about me at all, or have been reading the blog for any amount of time, you will know that this is SO in tune with where my heart is.  I CANNOT wait to start and be used in this field.

Final Fall Colors

Sunday, November 17, 2013

She is Love

Well hello! It's almost been 6 months since I posted! That is truly crazy. Our life has been one adventure after the next lately. Sarah really came into her toddler self after her birthday and we haven't stopped moving since.

She is now walking/running, talking (only a handful of words still), fascinated by all things, shows strong preferences and opinions and is so incredibly smart. She follows commands, knows what "Let's go change your diaper" means and "Are you hungry for breakfast?" She LOVES brushing her teeth and is getting more teeth every day! She's doing very well in school and is just a general joy to be around.

Sarah is around 20 lbs currently and has moved into the 18 month clothing sizes with just a couple 12 month items lingering in the wardrobe. I'm constantly amazed at how "normal" she seems, and no one asks why she's so tiny anymore. I don't have to explain that she was a preemie, because when I tell them she's 18 months old, it's believable. AHHH... I always HATED to answer the "how old?" question, because it always led to a much longer conversation than the asker was prepared for. Now we are thankfully past that. We definitely tell our story often and when appropriate, but not to every adoring grannie at Target. :)

Today is World Prematurity Day and we are wearing Purple today to show support for this great moment of awareness.  (Daddy would have worn purple, too, but he doesn't own any.)  Just yesterday, I was standing in line at a children's clothing store and there were three of us in a row who all had preemies. We all said the same thing.. before we had one, we had never heard of it happening - and now that we have preemies it seems like EVERYONE has one. I hope to bring awareness to those who have never had to sit and listen to the agonizing beeps and hums of the NICU while waiting for your 2lb baby to grow an ounce or two each day. I also hope to bring hope to those who are currently in the NICU and feeling like there is no end in sight. The NICU journey is a deeply personal and emotional time in a family's life and I hope that we can be a light for someone that has a similar story. So today, for these reasons our family wears purple in solidarity with those who are walking this battle for the first time, those who live it every day, those whose little miracles are in Heaven waiting for them, and for the medical professionals who are working to lengthen pregnancies and shorten NICU stays and help families have healthier and happier outcomes.

11/17/13 - World Prematurity Day 2013