OKG: Being a first-time mother and having 2 beautiful kids that were premature, how difficult has this year been?
Jessie Morrow: This year has been challenging in so many different ways. Without a doubt, the most tears I've ever shed.
OKG: The stress of your children being born prematurely during a normal year would be difficult enough, how have you been coping during the pandemic?
Jessie Morrow: Early on, I realized I had zero control of my children's survival or our circumstances. I made a big decision to find things to be thankful for during moments that were too hard to deal with. Coping becomes a lot more tangible if you can nail down consistent gratitude. And if you're looking for it, God always provides something to be thankful for.
OKG: Who have you leaned on the most this year? Do you want to thank them?
Jessie Morrow: My husband, Keegan. He has risen to every single challenge that has been thrown our way. He has been such an unbelievable source of strength and managed to make me feel loved and important at the same time. Keegan is our rock.
OKG: How many emergencies have you had where you had to go to the hospital and be in a high-risk situation?
Jessie Morrow: The first two months of their lives was one emergency after another. Once we were discharged from the NICU in January, we have probably visited the ER with serious life-threatening situations over five times. To be honest, after a while of one scare after another... you tend to lose count.
OKG: Do you plan to get your family vaccinated?
Jessie Morrow: We have talked to our pediatrician about the possibility. We are hopeful that this first round of vaccinations proves to be beneficial and safe. Since the boys are further down on the "essential" list of receiving the vaccination, we are using that time to stay aware of any evolving vaccination information. But we are praying hard for COVID to be safely and effectively minimized!!
OKG: What are your hopes for 2021?
Jessie Morrow: My hopes? To just enjoy my two miracle babies without the constant fear of losing them. I hope for more days filled with joy and far fewer days filled with sorrow.
OKG: First thing you want to do with your family once it is safe?
Jessie Morrow: Travel. Traveling has always been a big part of my and Keegan's lives. I am so eager to watch my children experience new places, new smells, new adventures. After over a year of isolation, hitting the road with our healthy babies in tow sounds like a dream.