When I took my first breath, I remember being wheeled in a box to a room where I first saw my Dad. I was born at 30 weeks and had a rough time breathing. I weighted 3 pounds 11 ounces. I had a breathing tube and a feeding tube in my mouth. I didn't get to see my Mom until a few days later because she needed to heal from surgery. I'm almost 4 weeks old and only need a little bit of oxygen until my lungs are strong enough. I'm in a crib now and get to look around more. Mom and Dad come to see me and home me everyday. I now weigh 4 pounds, 12 ounces and will be able to eat form a bottle soon. I'm always looking at Mom & Dan and smiling when they give me kisses and show me they love me.
My mommy had me at 26 weeks gestation by emergency C-Section. Since the day I was born in December I have been in the NICU. When I was transferred to the NICU, I had two blood transfusions and was receiving some help from a breathing tube and a feeding tube. After a while I realized I was strong enough to breath on my own so one day I pulled my breathing tube right out to prove to everyone else I could do it! Since then I continue to breath on my own, and I’m also gaining some weight. I’ve got to keep growing and learn how to eat on my own before I’m ready to go home with Mom and Dad.
When I was born, I was only 26 weeks old. Being born that early you could imagine that I wouldn’t weigh that much. Well, I was 1 pound 15 ounces. I didn’t get to see my mommy for one whole day because she had to heal a little before coming to see me. Thank goodness I wasn’t alone, my daddy’s face was the first I saw and he never left my side. My journey started off rough, I couldn’t gain weight; I had jaundice and I had tubes going into all parts of my body. With the love and support of my parents and family I have slowly gotten better. I am now 34 weeks old and I can drink from a bottle; I don’t need oxygen to help me breathe; I’m 4 pounds and 3 ounces and as adorable as I can be! All I need to do now is gain a little more weight and I will be ready to go home with my parents. That will be a happy day for all of us!
Hello! I'm 6 months old & have spent my entire life in the NICU. My birthday was a really difficult day and I was so sick at the beginning that my Mom didn't get to hold me until I was 3 months old. Now we get to snuggle all the time :) I have a special tube in my airway that helps me breath and a feeding tube that ensures that I get all my nutrition. I'm so glad that I'll be going home from the hospital soon!
It's official, I have a clean bill of health :)! My trach was removed in May 2015 and the stoma was closed in April this year. Now, I can go swimming without covering it. I don't need braces for my legs/ankles any more and the physical therapist says I'm performing like my peers.
I won 2nd place in the pinewood car derby races. I started preschool and am excited to meet new friends there!
And, the most exciting thing in my life is my NEW baby sister, I LOVE being a big brother!
I was born this past May at 24 weeks gestation weighing only 1lb 4oz. I had a very rough start and it took time to diagnose my Scimitar Syndrome. It is extremely rare and doctors could not find a documented case in a preemie or extremely low birth weight baby. I needed open heart surgery but was not big enough or healthy enough. The doctors wanted me to weigh about 5lbs before they would operate.
In September, I reached 5lbs and was ready for my big surgery. The operation went well but my lungs are not fully developed and my left lung is small. In October I had another surgery for a Tracheostomy, a Gastrostomy Button (G-Button), and hernia repair. I've also had multiple eye surgeries and procedures for Retinopathy of Prematurity. The doctors think the vision in my right eye will be saved.
I'm doing better every day but need a ventilator to help me breathe. My family feels extremely blessed that I am getting stronger and healthier. I am happy to have many wonderful people who care for me!
Hi, December is my birthday month and I'm turning two years old! I'm still in the hospital but doing well. I'm working on changes with my breathing tube.
Guess who turns three this month? These three!
We are all on target or advanced in all areas of development! Everyone is doing great!
These adorable triplets are 2 and a half years old this summer and they're doing great!
We are growing and doing well, our Mommies think we are so much fun! Sister just talks and talks but brother isn't taking just yet, it will happen in his own time. Our whole family wants to say thanks!
"No words or money could even describe how thankful we are for your organization! GiFT has been such a blessing for our family. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all GiFT has done for us. GiFT will always have a special place in our hearts!"
After being home for only 1 week, I got sick and took an ambulance to the hospital. I got better and went home but then had an allergic reaction to a shot and ended up back in the hospital again. I'm still here and have been very sick, going in and out of the ICU. I was paralyzed and sedated for a week to help me stabilize.
Since then I've been feeling pretty good, considering, and am back to using my home vent. I've gotten pneumonia and am not tolerating my feedings. I'll be going to a rehabilitation hospital for a few weeks to help get back on track. I've been having trouble sitting and grabbing things these days.
Despite all of this, I'm happy as ever and growing like a weed. I'm already in 24 month shirts and 3 pants and shorts!
We turned 1 year old! GiFT was honored to have been a part of the celebration. We can't wait to see more.
I weigh 6 pounds, 6 ounces now. I'm learning how to breast feed and eat from a bottle but it's exhausting. Sometimes I get my milk through a special tube. The nurses say I'm doing great and won't need the tube much longer. I'm still using a little oxygen and pretty soon, I won't need it at all. I love long talks with Dad, snuggle time with Mom, and my burrito wrapper blankets. I think I'm going home soon and can NOT wait!
I was born on New Year's Day, 11 weeks early and weighed 2 pounds, 12 ounces. The first few weeks of my life have been scary for me and my family. I had bleeding in my brain but the doctors say that it's getting better and so am I :) I've been growing, I'm up to 3 and a half pounds. My big brothers, sister, and Mom & Dad can't wait for me to get home. I have to get bigger and stronger first so I'll stay in the NICU a little while longer.
I celebrated my first Birthday in the hospital then FINALLY got to go home with my family when I was about 13 months old. Things are really different at home and so much better! I get to be closer to my big brothers and Mom & Dad all the time now. I keep getting bigger and stronger, I weigh 20 pounds and am 23 inches tall. Can you believe I only weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce when I was born? I've been through a lot and know that I'm loved and special :)
We are the 3 sweetest girls around town and have been growing like crazy since we've been home from the NICU! We're all trying to stay healthy throughout the cold and flu season. Here we are just before Christmas 2014.