Thank you for joining us again today for Micro Preemie Monday. I’ve shared so many wonderful families with you so far, that I’d like to update you all on how everyone is doing. I will be doing one more new post next Monday, then the week after will be the recap. So, if you’ve been featured, please send me an update. If you have not been featured yet, don’t worry, I will get to you. I promise!
Now, here is Sarah to tell you about her son Pierce.
1. Please tell us about your Micro Preemie.
My son’s name is Pierce and he was born at 24 weeks, 3 Days weighing 2 lb 3 oz
2. How long was your NICU stay? What was the hardest part?
We stayed in the NICU for 83 days. The hardest part of my stay was the first full 24 hours I wasn’t able to get up to the hospital to see him. I have 2 older daughters and trying to balance seeing Pierce with taking care of their needs and being present for them was a constant struggle.
3. Do you know what caused your baby’s premature birth?
Yes. I accidentally stepped on a septic cap that had not been secured and the top flipped. One leg fell in the tank while the other remained on the ground. I came straight down on the rim of the cap. I did not go into labor but started bleeding badly. I was transported to the hospital by ambulance and had to undergo surgery to repair my cuts and receive blood. While in surgery, Pierce’s heart rate dropped into the 50’s for 7-8 minutes. I was put under general anesthesia at that time and Pierce was delivered via emergency c-section. The surgeons believe my fall caused a partial placental abruption but they had to cut through the placenta to get to him so we will never know that for sure. My two previous pregnancies ended by going a week or more overdue so this was a completely new world for me. Plus, I had to undergo 2 additional hospital stays and 3 additional surgeries because of infections to my wounds.
4. How are you and your baby doing now?
Thankfully, Pierce had a relatively smooth NICU ride and has no residual health problems to speak of. We have been cleared by cardiology, his ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) is cleared and he is off of oxygen (even made it through his first cold without issue). He is meeting all his milestones at his adjusted age as well. I am mostly healed but may require one more surgery. Emotionally, I am so thankful to God who brought our family through this journey and we are all truly stronger because of it.
5. What advice would you give to a new Preemie Mom?
My best advice is to trust your gut. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the knowledge of the medical staff but at the end of the day, that is your baby in that bed and you know him best. Share ideas, ask questions and if necessary fight for what you feel is right. You are mom and your baby needs you in his corner!