Good evening all. We recently received a link to a video that March of Dimes produced a couple years back. I felt compelled to add to the blog and continue to share a success story of PProm and give parents hope when searching the internet for answers as we were now almost 5 years ago.
Another side note…Ava is a HAPPY, HEALTHY, and SMART girl that has grown so quickly that she will be starting kindergarten even before her 5th Birthday!
Quick post tonight… But I was just reflecting on the first couple days and nights when Jen’s water broke and she was leaking amniotic fluid. I remember Doctors explaining that her condition was considered PProm and that the probability of her going into labor soon was high, which in turn would mean we would have an extremely premature child with low survival chances. I realize now why the Doctors had to inform us of this information, but at that time I just wanted to have HOPE. Hope that we could fulfill our dream of having a happy and healthy baby. I remember googling “PProm”, then “PProm success stories”, then “preemie success stories”, and so on trying to find stories of HOPE. I found them, but they were more difficult to find than I thought. So while the initial intentions of this blog were to keep family and friends informed, it has now transformed into more than that for our family. Our HOPE is to be that story of HOPE for other families who go through a similar situation as we endured.
So with that I am extremely proud to share that after Jen’s water breaking at 23 weeks… And delivering Ava at 27 weeks… And Ava weighing 1lb. 10oz. At birth… And not even being on the growth chart for months… Our daughter Ava Lillian is now in the 99th percentile for height!!! And in the 74th percentile for weight!!! And an extremely happy and healthy girl!! We could not feel more blest and thankful and HOPE our blog gives another family HOPE!
Evan, Jennifer, and Ava
Ava is officially 2 1/2 years old and wow how time flies! As she continues to get older we remain amazed at how well she is doing developmentally. It could be easy to forget how her life started, and some days I know we both do. While this is an incredible thing that we are so thankful for, as a family we also do not want to forget all the love and support we received from family, friends, and organizations. Two organizations were very influential in Ava’s development that we continue to play key roles in. First is the Oakwood Foundation (hospital where Ava was born) which supports the NICU. We are honored to be serving on the board again for their annual Red Tie Ball on Saturday May, 2nd at the Fox Theatre.
The second organization we continue to support is March of Dimes, which played a huge roll, specifically in Ava’s lung development through the drug surfactant (MOD research helped in this drugs creation). This year Ava and our family has been selected to be the ambassador family for the March for Babies. The walk will be hosted in Dexter at Hudson Mills metropark on May 17th. We would love as many people to join us as possible! If you cannot attend the walk any financial support would greatly be appreciated. The link to our team’s site is below:
Also Ava’s YouTube clip:
In general, we are just so thankful for our beautiful daughter Ava and the fact we have a happy and healthy child. Any funds we can raise and support we can give to organizations that help bring this feeling to other families we are proud to represent. Thank you again for all your prayers and support!
Evan, Jen, and Ava
So… Recently we have had a handful of people read or re-read our blog… Sharing with us how much they appreciated us bringing them along on our journey. And while the last blog post is extremely positive, the reality is Ava’s story has gotten even better over the past 2 years. To put it as simply as possible, Ava is a completely normal 2 1/2 year old girl! Above average weight over 31 lbs (a long way from 1lb 10oz.)… 90th percentile in height (crazy since both of us are not tall)… And on or ahead of pace for all speech, motor, and other skills. Ava knows about 10 US capitals (her favorite is Honolulu) and can do puzzles better than many kids double her age! Most importantly she has ZERO complications at this moment due to her prematurity. I share this not to brag or to make others whose prematurity battle might not have gone as smoothly feel down, but I share for those who supported us from day 1… To say THANK YOU and show the power of positivity, support, and prayer! I also share for those who stumble upon our blog while searching PProm or premature pregnancy, and hope it might help them get through their journey and embrace the fact that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! So thank you thank you for all of your support and please continue to remember… EVERYDAY IS A GOOD DAY!
Evan, Jennifer, and Ava Chopp
(PS…. Below I have posted a couple of pictures of Ava… Too many to choose from, but also an annoucement of our family as the March of Dimes Ambassador Family for 2015! Proud to support this incredible organization that was a huge assistance throughout our time in the hospital and NICU).
Just wanted to let everyone know that Ava turned 7 months today and is a healthy little girl! She even went to the Final Four last weekend! We just feel like the luckiest parents in the world… Oh yeah and next Sunday is Ava’s Baptism!