Welcome to the world, Samuel Ryan Plant

Plant family

Two years ago, when Bekah was born, we learned very quickly that things don’t always go exactly as planned. Maybe we’re slow learners, or maybe we’re just forgetful, but we were once again surprised by the entry of a baby into the world on Friday, Nov. 15.

Bekah’s journey from a NICU baby and open heart surgery patient to a healthy 2 year old

Bekah turns 2!

I’ve been surprised each year on Bekah’s birthday by the range of emotions I feel. At almost 39 weeks pregnant, and with a wild and crazy now 2-year-old for a trusty helper, Bekah and I prepared for her birthday party.

At least 2 more weeks would be nice even if this baby is a giant

Sarah and Bekah hanging out on the couch

For the past 17 weeks I have been getting a weekly Progesterone shot in order to try to ward off any preterm labor. Really, in the world of prematurity, Bekah was only 5 weeks early, and that should not have been a big deal at all.

Bekah’s heart looks even better

Bekah's story was featured on Akron Children's Miracles and Promises Radiothon in September.

After participating in Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley radiothon, the Youngstown Heart Walk, and the Walk for Babies (all within a 5- day span), we felt that we couldn’t possibly feel better, or more excited, to be the parents of such a fun, silly, exciting little girl who has inspired us to do all of those things.

Just another reason we love living in the Mahoning Valley

Bekah at the 2012 Miracles and Promises Radiothon

Before we had Bekah, I never really thought much about how incredible it is that there is a Children’s Hospital right here in the Mahoning Valley. In fact, I never really knew that it was here at all.

September’s outlook – very busy and very blessed

Bekah at the Akron Zoo for the 2012 Walk for Babies to benefit Akron Children's NICU

Well, we’ve turned the calendar page to September at our house. I knew that I had been writing a lot of things on there, but I didn’t realize just how many until I actually flipped the page and saw what looked like a mess of scribbles.