My daughter was born premature on December 29, 1998. She weighed just 2.5 pounds and because she was so fragile, I wasn’t able to hold her in my arms until she was off her respirator two days later. It was New Year’s Eve. When I held her that afternoon, I knew the holiday would forever be linked with an amazing memory of cradling my baby for the first time.
Later that night, as the clock approached midnight in the pediatric intensive care unit, my husband and I stood next to our tiny daughter. We were the only parents on the floor. As the nurses quietly rang in the New Year at the nurse’s station, my husband and I each reached in and put one hand on our newborn child. In the other hand, each of us held a glass of sparkling grape juice. When the countdown to 1999 was complete, we toasted to our little girl.
Every year since then, New Year’s Eve has been a very special celebration for our family. We make dinner together, then sit down at a candlelit table. There are usually a couple of lobsters, some steak, veggies, homemade rolls…and there is always a bottle of Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice.
In 2002, we had a son who was also premature. So now, on New Year’s Eve, while the adults are sipping champagne, the two kids have fun drinking bubbly juice from Welch’s in fancy glasses. We toast to both of them, always remembering the first time we shared this holiday as a family.
|That’s my preemie. She’s not so little any more!|
|They love the taste! And, the bubbles! I love the memories.|
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