When you think of a special delivery at Texas Children's Hospital, you probably picture a bouncing baby boy or girl being born. The delivery we're talking about is one of bows. A local woman, who spent three months there with her baby in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, is spreading cheer to other moms, just in time for Easter. Amanda Kopp never imagined she'd spend that much time there, though she never seemed to mind, because she was just relieved her baby was okay. Her unexpected journey to start her family has been a long, difficult one. She had two miscarriages before she delivered Cami, but Cami made a surprise appearance into this world fifteen weeks earlier than expected. "Being positive is one of the things that got us through our NICU stay. Since I had suffered those two losses before Cami, it was a positive thing she was still here and thriving," says as very positive Amanda.
The faith of this tiny two-pound baby's mom never faltered for a moment. She just knew her little Cami would be okay, and she is! Amanda is a very busy and healthy one year old. "If you've been through a loss before, you know it's the hardest thing you can go through. To have her after that, it just felt like a blessing to me," exclaims Amanda.
Cami is such a blessing, that Amanda wants to bless other mothers of premature infants. That's why she made the little patients at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women... a special Easter gift. "It dawned on me that there are other preemies in the NICU and I could do something for them, so I made them bows," explains Amanda. Dressing up your newborn is just an amazing sense of "normalcy", however it can be quite a challenge with that tiny body and all of those tubes and medical devices around. Plus, it's very difficult to find a bow small enough for a preemie's head or a bow tie small enough for their little neck.
Amanda says it was moments, like her delivery of the bows, that made all the difference in her hospital stay with her premature baby. "Volunteers would bring us blankets or toys, and it would make us feel special and let us know people cared about us, so I wanted to share that with other people. Amanda's business that she runs through Facebook, Squishy Cheeks BOWtique, is thriving, but these babies get their Easter treat for free. All of the moms we met seemed incredibly appreciative, and we're sure the children will someday enjoy seeing pictures or video of themselves sporting their new gift. Speaking of, Amanda might be able to help them capture the moment, as well! She raised $250 to donate to a volunteer organization that supports the NICU at Texas Children's called "First Memories Texas", plus one of her husband's colleagues has matched that amount. The $500 will help the group take professional photos and make scrapbook cards and albums for NICU families. This is a special way for them to document their baby's progress.