THE BLOG
12/16/2014 12:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

On The First Day Of Christmas, My Preemie Gave To Me...

Jennifer Degl

The birth of my premature daughter was not what I expected, and I almost did not survive her delivery. Despite our rocky beginning together, I am so lucky to have experienced each second of it, because SHE was the end result. I have tried to find a way to vent my emotions while helping other women see their emotions are normal, too. I hope you enjoy my unconventional twist to a holiday classic.

On the first day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
The daughter I never thought would be

On the second day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the third day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the fourth day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the fifth day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
A complicated hysterectomy
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the sixth day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
30 units of blood to stop my bleed
A complicated hysterectomy
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the seventh day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
My husband down on bended knee
30 units of blood to stop my bleed
A complicated hysterectomy
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the eighth day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
A catheter to allow me to pee
My husband down on bended knee
30 units of blood to stop my bleed
A complicated hysterectomy
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the ninth day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
A baby no larger than a flea
A catheter to allow me to pee
My husband down on bended knee
30 units of blood to stop my bleed
A complicated hysterectomy
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the tenth day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
A mixture of love and fear washing over me
A baby no larger than a flea
A catheter to allow me to pee
My husband down on bended knee
30 units of blood to stop my bleed
A complicated hysterectomy
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
A life full of interventions and appointments -- not so carefree
A mixture of love and fear washing over me
A baby no larger than a flea
A catheter to allow me to pee
My husband down on bended knee
30 units of blood to stop my bleed
A complicated hysterectomy
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My preemie gave to me
The most beautiful baby I ever did see
A life full of interventions and appointments -- not so carefree
A mixture of love and fear washing over me
A baby no larger than a flea
A catheter to allow me to pee
My husband down on bended knee
30 units of blood to stop my bleed
A complicated hysterectomy
A placenta attached to my organs -- counting 3
An intubation so that I could breath
A life-threatening emergency delivery
And the daughter I never thought would be!!!

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Have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year, too! We hope that your 2015 will be filled with as many blessings as our 2014 was!

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