Hey this is Zion, AKA; "Baby Z", just plain "Z", "Zi", or "Zi Zi" as my sister calls me. I've even been known to be called "miracle man", "warrior" and "survivor!" I will answer to just about any of them. If I turn towards your voice at this point just expect only limited eye contact cuz I'm still trying to figure that one out.
Anyhow, if you hadn't noticed my name is a bit on the unusual side of things. Not your everyday Joe kinda name. But, there's a reason for this and I'd like to explain if you would be so kind....
You see just as my first few days of life "on the outside" started a little rocky. My first few days "on the inside" were even a little rougher.
I need to warn you, this is where the story gets a little sad and you may want to grab a kleenex. I can assure you however, there is a happy ending! Just keep reading! Anyhow, on May 21st 2009 Mommy found out she was pregnant. Unfortunately, just hours later she miscarried and ended up in the Emergency Room. One sad part was that Daddy had to find out she was pregnant and having a miscarriage all at the same time. This is not the kind of phone call you want to receive in the middle of the day at work. The weekend was really hard and Mommy spent a lot of time crying.
Here's where the plot thickens.... Mommy went to her follow up appointment a few days later and the Dr. did a routine ultrasound to see if everything was as it should be. Well, my mommy just about fainted when she heard the Dr. say..."I don't mean to send you on a roller coaster ride but you still have a baby with a heartbeat in there!!!" Well as you can imagine my mommy was trippin, to say the least! I'm sure out of pure shock the only words she could come up with were..." I drank a half a bottle of wine this weekend!" The Dr. just laughed and reassured mommy it wouldn't give me a third eye or something and it quickly brought mommy back to reality. The Dr. went on to explain that the baby that was lost was my twin. Yep, I had a twin!!! It's called "Vanishing Twin Syndrome" and is actually pretty common. Look it up on the internet it's really interesting. Well as you can imagine the next phone call to Daddy started out with "Are you sitting down?"