MP doesn’t typically get personal on these pages, but today, as she prepares to launch Cute Potato’s first online fundraiser for The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, she thought it would be worth sharing a CP family story with you.
In August, MP’s nephew Jack was born weighing 6 lbs. 10 ounces, looking healthy, fabulous, and ready to greet the world. After a few days in the hospital, Jack’s mom and dad, both new parents, were looking forward to bringing their baby home to begin their lives together as a family.
During his first week, Jack lost weight. He was nursing, but struggling to do so. His mom grew concerned and checked in with Jack’s pediatrician. He told her not worry. Babies often lose weight when they first arrive home. Then Jack lost more. He wheezed when he nursed. He pulled his legs to his belly after feeding and cried. His parents decided to call a lactation consultant. When the consultant heard the baby nurse, she recommended he be brought to the hospital immediately.
We were all frightened. None of us expected this to happen. Several specialists examined Jack, but no one was quite sure what was wrong. Tests revealed his liver enzymes were high, indicating some type of infection. MP worried for her nephew and family.
Eventually, the doctors discovered Jack had a birth defect called Laryngomalacia, which can cause acid reflux, effect feeding, and prohibit weight gain. Jack was placed on a feeding tube and he remained in the NICU for nearly 10 days.
While her nephew was in the hospital, MP felt helpless. How could she support her sister and brother-in-law? She called daily with words of love and encouragement, but she wanted to do more.
With this thought in mind, the seed for Show Your Love: 14 Days of Giving was born. MP is fortunate to have two healthy potatoes at home, but it’s important to remember the families who have children in the hospital.
So dear Cute Potato reader, MP is asking you to support The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland and the good work they do for families everyday. Starting Friday, Feb. 1 through Valentine’s Day, every time you donate to BBCH,* you’ll be entered to win amazing prizes from 14 local businesses.
Show Your Love: for Jack, for parents with sick little ones, for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Donate and enter to win some incredible giveaways over the next 14 days. You’ll be so glad you did!
PS: To learn more about the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, visit bbch.org or find them on Facebook.
*Note: If you plan to donate, be sure to type ‘Cute Potato’ in the Name box under Tribute Information.