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I had a feeling during the early stages of my pregnancy that I was going to delivery my baby boy early. It was confirmed for me, during my 16 week ultra sound. My son was already head first in the birth canal and ready to see the world. Doctors and nurses continued to tell me everything looked good and I was doing well.

As I barely walked into the doctors office for my 23 week appointment, I begged my doctor to check me. She said I should not be getting checked vaginally at this stage in my pregnancy. I explained I know something is wrong and I am always in excruciating pain, please check me. My doctor finally checked me and her words pierced me deep. Mrs. Crawford you are 1-2 centimeters dilated you have to go to the hospital. I just remember putting my clothes on as fast as I could and heading to the hospital as fast as I could. 

I was able to stay on bed rest at Abington Hospital for almost two weeks before my water broke.

As I was in the hospital my husband was by my side every step of the way. All we saw were doctors and nurses all day and all night. They were trying to prepare us for the worst but our faith in God kept us covered. I was able to maintain my pregnancy an additional two days after my water broke. Everyday, every minute, every second was crucial. On the last night I started to have contractions and I knew my baby was coming soon.

I went into full term labor at 24 weeks gestation. I only pushed once and my baby was here. My peanut weighed 1 lb 11 oz and he came into the world on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm. I did not get to see him because the doctors and nurses took him to the NICU to work on him. I remember the doctors telling me my son would not be able to cry, he was not developed and his organs were not developed either.

As I walked in the NICU to see him for the first time, I heard a the most precious cry I have ever heard. Once I got to his isolate I said his name and he opened his eyes and looked at me and he stopped crying immediately. Of course I started crying uncontrollably. My son had some good days and he had some not so good days. He stayed in the hospital for 74 days and my husband and I are so grateful to all the doctors and nurse who took care of our son.

Erick Amon Crawford Jr., did not need any oxygen, he left the hospital only on breast milk, without any surgeries and full of life and potential. We understand everyone’s story is not the same in the NICU but the families we met truly got us through all the blood transfusions and not so good days. Our family and close friends kept our family covered in prayer and all the medical staff who assisted with anything the Crawford family will be forever grateful and indebted to all of you.

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