Meet Destination Home Family 44

I was born at 25 weeks old, weighing 1 pound 4 ounces. Because of my weight and my upper respiratory problems I was admitted into the NICU. Since I have been here, I have learned how to breathe on my own. My mom says I am doing a really good job at taking the bottle but sometimes I need a little help from my feeding tube. She has already started calling me her little diva because I do what I want; she says I get that type of attitude from my dad. I’ll have to stay in the NICU a little bit longer before I can go home with my family, so for now I’ll just keep getting stronger and stronger!

Meet Destination Home Family 41

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.

Meet Destination Home Family 38

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.

Meet Destination Home Family 39

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!

Meet Destination Home Family #35

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!

GiFT twins turn 5!!

We spent the first three months of our lives in the NICU. We're turning 5 soon and we love being part of the GiFT family :)

Meet Destination Home Family #20

I was born 15 weeks early and only weighed 1 pound, 11 ounces. I've grown a lot since then and weigh 3 pounds 10 ounces now. I no longer need a machine to help me breath but I still need oxygen. I'm working on my breathing and eating so I can go home to be with my family.

Look who turned 1!!

I've been through a lot in my life and am happy to be celebrating my First Birthday!

I love long talks with Dad....

Destination Home Family 17

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!

Meet Destination Home Family 17

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.