Woodward, Okla. —
SUPPORT HELPED FAMILY THROUGH TOUGH TIME
The first few days and weeks were tough for the Rogers family.
Rachelle said she didn't even get to hold her son until he was almost a week old.
Kyler then spent another 2 weeks or so in the NICU before the family could bring him home to Woodward.
"We brought him home on Feb. 2 or 3, I don't remember which now, but sometime that first week in February," Rachelle said. "I do remember it was a snowstorm when we drove home and that was not fun."
She said it was also not fun having to keep her newborn isolated away from people for several weeks even after bringing him home. Especially as she also had a young daughter Lily Luckett, now 8, whose first time seeing her baby brother was through their home's front window because they couldn't risk the baby being exposed to any germs that Lily might have picked up at school.
"My due date was March 4 and I had him Jan. 13. Then when we brought him home, we could have no visitors until April and no going out in public except to go to the doctor," Rachelle said.
But there was also snippets of good news.
"We're so thankful he didn't have any other serious medical issues other than being premature," Rachelle said. "He didn't have to have any surgeries or things like that."
And although it was a stressful time for the family, the Rogers said they received a lot of support from the community that helped get them through.
"One neat thing is that because he (Kyler) was there at OU Children's and I was here, I went ahead and pumped my milk. And Steven's uncle who owns Beaver Express delivered my breast milk to him down there," Rachelle said. "That way Kyler could have the colostrum from the milk which is such a good thing for newborns."
The couple's church family then held a fundraiser for them as did the Woodward Fire Department, where Steven works.
And throughout it all, Rachelle said she could also feel the support from "just people calling and praying for us."
"It was all very humbling," she said.