Sunset Sunday – Miami Baptist Hospital

Last Mother’s Day Sunset Sunday I published prose a daughter wrote for her mother. A tribute. This year, again, I want to share a special moment. This time it’s one of mine.

On March 4th I didn’t sleep a wink. Actually, I didn’t sleep again till the afternoon of March 5th – thirty-six hours plus. Why? My son, Mercer, surprised me in Florida. He arrived 3 months (12 weeks) early. By the end of those hours I felt nearly every emotion; I was exhausted, ecstatic and also very nervous.

Since then Mercer spent the last two months growing from his initial two pound birth weight inside intensive care at Baptist Hospital in Miami. The nurses and doctors of the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care) said prepare for a roller coaster ride. They told me to prepare for a journey filled with both ups and downs, both good days and bad days. They were right. Actually, they were more correct than I hoped. But, thankfully there were many more UPs (than downs) and now after nearly nine weeks Mercer received discharge.  Discharged in time for Mother’s Day.

When we travel strange happenings occur, lessons are learned, and life lived. Sure, this is not what I scripted, life often never is. But I knew I was on the right track, I was where I needed to be and it was evident right before I decided to catch some sleep after that first day/night.

Mercer’s mommy told me. “look out the (hospital) window; it’s a beautiful sunset. It’s a good sign.” I did. She was right too. It was a good sign. It was a great sign.

Thank you Maggie – Happy Mother’s Day.


the view that made me realize, it will be ok

…. and of course Happy Sunset Sunday.

stay adventurous, Craig


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  • Melissa Morris

    Congratulations on your son! I hope everyone is doing well!


  • Bragg

    What a terrific post, Craig, and what wonderful news that Mercer has been discharged! I know you and Maggie have indeed had a roller coaster ride, but hopefully this will be the end of it (or at least the end of this portion of it)! We hope to see you both (and to meet Mercer) when you’re back in the city, and we continue to send positive thoughts your way.

  • Craig Zabransky

    @Bragg, thanks appreciate the thoughts, well wishes and comment. Definitely let’s plan a brunch sometime in June for NYC.

    @Melissa, thanks. I really wanted him to be a New Yorker (as you might imagine) but, it turns out he wanted to be Floridian.

    stay adventurous, Craig

  • Stacey B

    Wow, I picked the right time to check in on you. Glad things have turned up and your family is together again. I’m sure your parents must be thrilled! Take care, your friend from Spring Lake :)

  • Charu

    Congratulations my dear Craig! What an amazing moment. See, he knows where the good sunsets are, just like his dad :)

  • Kirsten Alana

    It’s good to see you declare your love for your family! Wishing you three nothing but the best in the future as you grow and change together. A happy Sunset Sunday to you all, and many more in the future.

  • Craig Zabransky

    @Stacey, thanks for checking in, and I thought you’d appreciate it all happened in South Florida.

    @Charu, he certainly does. And for father’s day, I plan to share our first shared sunset. It was amazing.

    @Kirsten, thanks, it means a ton coming from you. Appreciate it.

    stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.stayAdventurous Deb

    Thank Heaven for big and small Miracles. Mercer is truely adventurous and brave like his Parents. And Maryann and Conrad are the best Grandparents! Love you all! Nana&Zeti

    • Craig Zabransky

      He certainly did start out on quite an adventure, and happily the travel gene is strong with him. Many more to adventures to come I am sure, hopefully a little less stressful…

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers

    Sometimes, we’d prefer for certain experiences NOT to include so much “adventure,” don’t you think? Clearly, your Mercer has his own ideas…I wonder how that will play out going forward? If anyone could be “prepared” for that type of unexpected adventure, I guess it is you.

    I also love “signs” and looking for the good ones. I hope it’s nothing but sunsets and rainbows for you, Maggie and Mercer going forward!


    • Craig Zabransky

      @ Miriam, “prepared” not sure I was would say that… but I did adapt, and well, that is all part of the adventurous spirit – no doubt. thanks for your well wishes, most appreciated.

      stay adventurous, Craig

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