When Lyndsey and Benjamin Scot Miller found out they were pregnant, nothing could contain their excitement. To bring a baby into this world was more than they could ever ask for. But they weren’t expecting to become parents on July 16, 2012. Lyndsey went into labor three and a half months early. It turns out that the cramps she was feeling at work were actually contractions. There was no way to keep the baby from being born, according to the doctors.
Weighing only 1 pound, 13 ounces, Ward Miles Miller was born only 12 inches long. But the micro-baby soon dropped to 1 pound, 7 ounces. “One doctor told us straight up the first night that there was a 50/50 chance that he would be normal,” said Benjamin Miller. “We definitely prayed and prayed.” It wasn’t until Ward was 4 days old that Lyndsey could even hold him. But that moment couldn’t have been more heart-wrenching.
But after that beautiful moment, the challenges continued. 10 days after his birth, a scan revealed blood in his brain tissue. The Millers had no idea how to feel or what to do to help. “We just felt so bad. He has no control over this. It’s not his fault.” Thankfully, the bleeding slowed down and that problem didn’t continue.
It wasn’t until Ward spent more than 100 days in NICU that the family was finally homeward bound. “When we finally brought him home, it was amazing,” they said. “That was the day. Everything was leading up to that day, and to have him there was amazing. It was how it was supposed to be from the get-go. We had to wait 107 days before we could experience that, so it was just amazing.”
The trials and tribulations the Millers went through are unimaginable. That sort of pain can only be conquered by undying love.
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