People ask me about my job all the time. Do I get nervous to be on television? How am I able to think on my feet? To be honest, it has become second nature. I’ve been a newscaster for so many years, that I don’t ever worry about the thousands of people on the other side of the camera. So when I began to open up about my pregnancy, I didn’t think too much of it. And as the months rolled by, I continued to share my story, all of it. Not just the fun and happy moments, but the gut-wrenching heartache and the endless tears. That’s who I am…an open book.
Being so honest has some perks. Over the past year, I have met people who would never have crossed my path if I didn’t go through my experience. I’ve also been given new opportunities, thanks to my children. Just last week, my sorority magazine arrived at my doorstep. I was a Delta Gamma at the University of Oregon. When I opened it, the tears began to fall. On page 16 was the title, “Perfectly Peyton”. I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to write an article for the thousands of sisters around the world.
As I mention in the magazine, I loved my sorority and college experience. But time doesn’t stand still and people move on with life. I kept in touch with many through Facebook, but it wasn’t until I was lying in an ICU bed after delivering the triplets, when I realized the meaning of sisterhood. About 80 DG’s from my Alma mater were planning ways to help my family. And it didn’t stop there. Along with so many others, my sorority sisters are among Peyton’s cheering squad. I hear from them everyday through Facebook, the mail and plenty of texts. And I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for helping lift my spirits during some of my toughest days. If you would like to read the article, just click the link. The magazine editors did a wonderful job of incorporating all three of my kids into the layout. Delta Gamma Magazine Article
That is just one of many new opportunities I’ve been given thanks to Abby, Peyton and Parker. On Monday, I’ll be speaking at an anniversary event at SIU’s IVF and Fertility Center. I will be sharing my struggles with infertility and our journey to finally having a family. I’m sure it will be an emotional night….more on my blog next week! (If you are interested in going to the event, feel free to email me)
**On a side note, Don’t you think Peyton’s story should be on the Today Show?!?! I get emails and messages from friends and family every week. They see inspirational stories on the Today show and can’t believe NBC hasn’t come calling. I may be partial, but I have to agree. Not only is Peyton a miracle, but the princess and her siblings have inspired thousands around the world and I know they will for years to come. Can anyone make it happen?!?! You would think that my ties to NBC would help, but nope.
Miss P is doing better than I ever expected. Every day, she amazes me with something new. She is talking all the time (just like mom!) and the smiles are endless. She is having a blast this week spending her days with Ryan’s parents. Grandma and Grandpa sure know how to spoil her! It’s such a joy seeing our parents interact with Peyton. They spent so many visits just looking at our children through their isolettes in the Nicu, it’s great that they can finally be hands on. They will be staying for Peyton’s first Easter, then my parents will be traveling to Springfield next month.
Next week is a huge week for Peyton. She has her 6 month Nicu check up, meaning it’s been 6 months since we left the Nicu. I’ll make sure to give you all a progress report, but I have a feeling she is doing just fine developmentally. I’ll leave you with some new pictures. Peyton is getting much more difficult to capture on camera! Her attention span is shortening as she finds new things to explore. This past week, she found her feet and won’t let go!
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter!
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