Then and Now: A Picture Comparison

For some reason, a lot of preemie moms are blogging this week about a transformation, of themselves and of their children, throughout their journeys. Maybe it’s the change of seasons, or that spring is a time for growth and regrowth. Maybe it’s because Parents of Preemies Day is coming up on Sunday. Maybe people are just feeling like they need a boost – some proof that they’ve come very far, an indication that their children are progressing, that they are growing and learning, and that there is hope.

I know we’ve been feeling that way lately.

This week, Steve and I found a CD of pictures from the NICU in St. Cloud. The March of Dimes parent liaison, Jen, organized a professional photo shoot for us. But we were transferred so quickly, we never had a chance to see the pictures. Jen mailed us a CD of the photos a couple of months ago, but we forgot we had it.

When we looked, we cried.

Maybe you will, too…

Here is a transformation. Here is proof of strength. Here is hope.

Tiny boy. Look at the blue lamb.
Tiny boy. Look at the blue lamb.
Little blue lamb looking over tiny Jaxson when he was about 2 weeks old.

Now Jax is waaay bigger than that little lamb!

Author: Andrea M

Oh man, what an adventure! I went into labor unexpectedly when I was 23w3d pregnant. Jaxson was born weighing 1 lb 8 oz. A tiny little peanut, but boy was he feisty. He still is! We love it now, but we probably won't when he is a teenager. I write about our journey and all other things that come with it, including a brain tumor. We look forward to "meeting" you - come hang out with us...we're pretty cool.

9 thoughts on “Then and Now: A Picture Comparison”

  1. WOW! It is so hard to believe Jaxson was ever so small. He looks like a robust little boy now! Definately a transformation. He has just grown and grown like almost everything else that started so small. Not having a child so small as Jax, I can only imagine how hard it is to look at his first pictures compared to now. The emotions must run on high and flood you. Thanks for continuing to share your amazing (little) boy with us 🙂


  2. Oh, I love these! We did the same thing with a stuffed animal and they are still some of my favorite pictures! Thank you for sharing!

    Also, I think I did a transformation post, too. Totally random, though, maybe it’s something in the air? 😉


    1. I love the comparison pics!! I think you’re right – it must be something in the air – a lot of moms are reflecting on the journey. I always do that though in the spring, so for me it’s just normal. It’s just that Jax’s journey has been the most inspiring for me! 🙂


      1. What’s funny is mine are typically in the summer as that is when his birthday is and the time I reflect on his journey and how far we have come from the crying mom in the hospital yelling, “It’s not labor! It’s cramps!” to the crazy bundle of energy that he is now. 😉


      2. I know the feeling of yelling “NO – it’s NOT time!” It’s still pretty raw for me. Your JP is adorable! I love reading your blog!


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