On my birthday, mom had a placental abruption and to save her life, I had to be born- at 23 3/7 weeks gestation, weighing only 1# 11oz. I was very sick and spent the first 4 months of my life with a breathing tube attached to a ventilator. I was 1 month old the first time I was held by my Mom. I am strong and I am a fighter. I’ve overcome so many obstacles and after 197 days in the NICU, I was finally able to go home to be with my family. I get therapies at home to help with my development and I am struggling some with my feedings. Sometimes, I have to be fed through a G-tube but I am growing and thriving at home, I’m 7 months old and weigh 13 lbs now. And, I LOVE being surrounded by the love of my family!
I was born at 27 weeks and 5 days. My mommy was very sick and had developed Preeclampsia, which led me to have an early exit date. I was 2lbs 9oz at birth and needed a lot of help once I got here. I needed a blood transfusion in my first days of life and a machine to help me breathe. I also had a feeding tube and many IV's to help me get the nutrients I needed. As I got older everything slowly started to come off, I started taking the bottle and boob, then I began breathing on my own. I spent my first Halloween in the NICU. My journey ended after a long 8 weeks of care and I've been healthy and happy at home ever since.