Welcome back to Micro Preemie Mondays! Thank you so much for reading our story last week.
Today, we start the first of 4 new family posts. We’ll meet Adiana, as told by her mom, Adrienne. Adiana was a “Rainbow” baby, and I’ll explain that term at the end.
- Tell us about your baby.
Adiana Carmen Ann was born at 8:32 pm at 1 lb 15 oz 13 inches on 5/13/14.
2. How long was your NICU Stay? What was the hardest part?
She was in the hospital for 2 months (no health issues just needed to gain weight) and she came home 7/16/14.
The hardest part about my NICU stay was leaving the hospital and not being able to take her home.
3. Do you know what caused your premature birth?
I was at work and felt the unbelievable pain while at my desk. I just chalked it up to be something that would past and it just kept getting worse and worse. I ended up in tears and had to leave work. My husband came to pick me up. He wanted me to go to the hospital that day but I just said let’s go home and maybe it will go away. We went home and not 3 hours later I couldn’t take it anymore. So, he took me to the ER. (I think the whole time he had a bad feeling about it). But I’m stubborn. We ended up being in the hospital for about 4 hours the whole time I’m in really bad pain. That next day I had surgery; I had Ectopic* surgery on August 15th, 2013.
After the surgery we ended up waiting 2 months 3 weeks 6 days before getting pregnant again. Granted my whole pregnancy was a complicated pregnancy and I had pre-eclamsia pretty much the whole time I was pregnant. I had protein in my urine causing me to be closely monitored and a week-long hospital stay starting at 27 weeks. By 28 weeks 2 days, I had my daughter. (My husband & I got married in the hospital the day before 5/12/14) and she was born 5/13/14 (we didn’t know that she would be born the next day).
4. How are you and your baby doing today?
She is now 1 years 3 months old at 18 lbs. Despite being born low birth weight she is doing amazingly well.
5. What advice would you give to new Preemie Parents?
My advice would be to stay strong and take it day by day.
*Ectopic Pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the main cavity of the uterus…An ectopic pregnancy can’t proceed normally. The fertilized egg can’t survive, and the growing tissue might destroy various maternal structures. Left untreated, life-threatening blood loss is possible.
A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.
Thank you Adrienne for sharing your story and beautiful Adiana with us.