Welcome to Micro Preemie Monday!
For those of you that have been here before, thank you for all your support. If you’re new to the blog or new to reading on Mondays, let me give you the scoop.
Mondays are the days we celebrate Miracles! I have two of my own….my twins. They were born at 25 weeks, 5 days at 1 lb 7 oz and 2 lbs 2 oz. I share my story on the blog to give others hope, and I wanted to give other families that same chance, so this series was born.
There are many definitions for a micro preemie, but here on my blog, I feature babies that were either born before 28 weeks and/or under 2 lbs. To give you some perspective, a full-term baby is born between 38 and 40 weeks.
Now, let’s meet a very special guy. Today, we learn about Zander, as told by his mom, Katrina.
1.Tell us about your baby.
My baby’s first name is Zander, he was born at 27 weeks gestation. His birth weight was 425 grams (15oz) I was told he was the size of a 20 weeker and they wouldn’t save him unless he proved himself. I’m glad he did. A year later, he’s 11 lb 6 oz
2. How long were you in the NICU? What was the hardest part?
We were in the nicu for 180 days, which is 6 months. The hardest part was leaving him. When I got discharged, seeing him suffering and going through surgery after surgery! I hated it so much, and I hated myself feeling guilty that I caused all this.
3.Do you know what caused your premature birth?
I developed preeclampsia at my 23 week ultrasound. I never got to go home. Instead, I got admitted and wasn’t able to leave until two weeks after he was born 🙁 I almost had a stroke!
4.How are you and your son doing today?
My son and I are doing great. We still have set backs, but it’s worth it! I’d do anything for him. 🙂 He’s 14 months old, which is 11 months adjusted. He in Physical Therapy Developmental clinics. He came home on Oxygen and with an NG Feeding Tube, but now he is tube free. It’s only been one month!
He is now on super thick formula and breast milk.
5.What advice would you give to other preemie parents?
Try to take it day by day, and never give up hope! Use your support system. You are not alone. I’m always here for you no matter what 🙂 It’s a long, hard road, but it’s worth it in the end. 🙂