Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Why I knit

I knit for Mildred Grace. No, that is not her legal name...but it should have been. She was one of my foster children. She lived with me for six months. Social Services bought the song and dance her family put on, and she was reunited with her birth family. She should have never been returned. Mildred Grace was the name I was going to give her, had I had the chance to adopt her. I still wait every day, for her to come back home to me.

She was estimated to have been born at 33 weeks gestation, and was 3 pounds, 10 ounces. She spent the first 4 weeks of her life in the NICU. I was given her case 5 days before her discharge, and spent those last nights in the NICU with her. She was 4 1/2 pounds the day she came home.

Bringing home a baby that small is quite a challenge. It is hard to find clothing that small. Even the preemie size diapers are too big. I bought a dress to bring her home in, that was sized for under 5 pounds, that was still big on her.

The Nurses in the NICU were fabulous! They sent us home with lots of things that people had knitted, and donated to the hospital. I was so moved by these acts of kindness. I vowed I would learn to knit, and donate too, as a way to repay the people who knit for her.

It took a while to get the hang of knitting, and to get to the skill level to make such small hats. But I finally did it! I plan on making my first donation to the hospital that she was born in.

I am making this blog to show my progress, and to raise awareness.

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