Every day I am reminded of the fragility of human life. Today it hits home a little harder than usual because of familial circumstances. The Black family has been integrated into our family and because of Jacob's and Renesmee's relationship we are a true family. Blood is not all that makes a family bond. Today the infant daughter of Tiffany and Billy Black is in my care. She is 2 months premature and her lungs are not yet mature. She is on a ventilator and will be for at least a few days until the medications that were given to her at birth will help speed the maturity of her lungs.
Tiffany, of course, is trying to be as strong as she can but she doubts herself and blames herself for her daughter's premature birth. These things happen to a lot of women; some bodies take to pregnancy better than others. It's a fact. I don't recommend that she become pregnant again. I don't know if she will heed my advice but it has been given and I wish her and Billy the best of luck with their new daughter.

Aerie is not out of the woods yet. Her lungs are not mature and she's unable to breathe unassisted. This can cause some short term issues such as apnea as well as infant reflux. She will be under my watchful eye until the day she is discharged from the hospital. I will look after her as if she is my own child. She is family, regardless of whether by blood or not, they are now part of my family.

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Comment by Esme Anne Cullen on July 27, 2014 at 8:43pm

I couldn't have said it better myself, dearest. They are family, in every way. While I am overjoyed at the arrival of baby Aerie, I know it is a trying road for them, and you will make sure, as will I, that we are there every step of the way.

Comment by Garrett Frasier on July 27, 2014 at 4:26pm

You and I have seen our fair share of human fragility. Upon losing my own child to illness many many years ago, I can definitely say that in today's world, there's an advantage that we didn't have in our days. I'm sure with your expertise and current medical technology, the child will pull through just fine. If anyone can make it happen, it is you, old friend. 

Comment by Angelia on July 27, 2014 at 2:19pm

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter.  I agree that Carlisle is the best doctor to be taking care of such a fragile life.  My heart is with you all.  May you be blessed. 

Comment by Tiffany Call-Black on July 27, 2014 at 1:45pm

Billy and I could not ask for anyone better to care for our daughter. We know you will do everything in your power to keep her safe and get her healthy. Thank you, for welcoming us as family, because the feeling is definitely a mutual one.


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