On a cold Friday in February, baby Jude surprised everyone and decided to join us 8 weeks early. Weighing only 4lbs 11oz, he may be small, but sometimes the best things in life are the little things. Despite his early arrival, he is doing amazing. He is growing and progressing with ease. Fortunately, he is very healthy with the only real problem being his calcium levels being low, despite getting supplements. He is a fiesty baby already, giving the nurses grief and making it clear to them that he does not like them putting his “shades” on to protect his eyes from the bright blue lights he had to be under. Most of his nurse’s time was spent fighting to get them to stay on him without getting pulled off almost immediately. For someone so tiny, he already has such a big personality. Unfortunately, since he came so early he has to stay at a hospital that is over an hour and a half from Mommy and Daddy and his sisters and brother. This has made things even harder on the whole family, who has been through a pretty horrible past 2 years, especially Mommy. Jude must take after his Mommy some though, because I am a fighter and determined to make it through all the bad to get back to the good and have a great future in store for the whole family. No matter how bad things have gotten and how much has been thrown at me, I have gotten through it and made sure the family has been taken care of. Now I am exhausted in every way and I need help. I help everyone I can, I hate to see others struggle but I have to admit, I am the one struggling now. I don’t need a ton of help, just a boost so I can ease some of this stress and exhaustion I have been dealing with for too long. We have bills that are getting behind and we have had so many unexpected expenses because the home that has been in my family since 1939 is old and everything has decided to break at once. Then adding on traveling back and forth to be with Jude as much as we can and how covid has affected everyone’s incomes it seems, it is almost impossible that we have made it this far. I’m asking for around $500 just to help make things not so impossible for us. I don’t need everything to be taken care of for us, I just need a little help. I will be taking care of things the best I can until my last breath because that is what I’m here to do and my family is the most important thing in the world to me. I am human though, and I have limits and I just need a helping hand so I can continue to be able to take care of these amazing people that I get to call my kids and so I can keep doing what I can to be there for such a wonderful little baby like Jude so he can grow as big as his personality.