I am so excited to share with all y’all Melissa’s brand Jacob.Grace Designs and it’s inspiring message. A true example of why I love “shopping small”, this small business is all about family from the name, logo and designs she has drawn herself.
I am a wife to the love of my life and mama of three of the strongest, most determined kids around. I am a Dance Teacher by trade. While teaching, I loved sharing my passion for dance with my students, seeing them learn and grow was so amazing.
My first son Nixon was born at 33 weeks and 5 days (4lbs 10oz ) and spent 21 days in the NICU learning how to eat and grow. It was the most emotional time we had ever experienced. I blamed myself and thought maybe I was too active in my pregnancy, so when I became pregnant with my twins I made the tough decision to not go back to teaching.
Fast forward 6 months. My pregnancy was pretty textbook, then everything changed in a matter of moments. I remember lying there after being transferred by ambulance to the only hospital that can handle premature labour in the city with far too many people around me to count. People dropping pills in my mouth to stop my contractions, poking me with needles, and “the team” of doctors talking to me and my husband about what the outcome may be if my babies were born that day. The only thing I remember thinking was, what did I do to cause this? I thought I had done everything right! The thing about premature labour is they can’t always explain why it happens, for me this was the case when I went into labour at 26 weeks with my now twins Rome and Hadley who were born at 26 week and 5 days. At just 1lb15oz (Rome) & 1lb13oz (Hadley) they spent a combined total of 179 days in 4 different NICU’s in Calgary with many different complications along the way. Not knowing how our two precious babies would come out of this; this now became the most difficult and most emotional journey we had ever experienced. With all of this behind me and our kids healthy, I was inspired to give back. In turn a big part in the creation of Jacob.Grace as well the hand drawn “Strong+Mighty” tee, which has proceeds going back to the NICU. I will never be able to thank all the doctors and nurses who gave my children round the clock care and truly saved their lives, but I’m hopeful to help them help other families like mine by giving back.
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To order your own “Small + Mighty” tee or any others on Jacob.Grace Designs feed email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.