Last Micro Preemie Monday of the Year
Welcome to our last Micro Preemie Monday of the year. I still can’t believe Friday will be 2016. Even though it will be a new year, I will still continue to bring you new Micro Preemie Monday stories as long as you let me, which means please keep reading, sharing, and helping me spread awareness about this important cause and these beautiful, strong fighters.
We meet a baby that is still fighting in the NICU. We’ve met a few babies that have been in the NICU during the time their story was shared, like our first twins Liam and Kaiden, and also most recently Lucky. They have all gone home now, and I wish the same for this sweet baby.
Now, let’s meet John, as told by his mom Kimberly.
1. Tell us about your baby
2. How long was your NICU stay? What was the hardest part?
- The severity of his A’s* and B’s* (They ALL need to be self resolving.)The doctors chalk this up to his reflux and have given him Prilosec. It has made a HUGE difference but he still has spells on a daily basis. They say he will grow out of them eventually.
- His eyes. He gets an eye exam every week to determine what stage and zone he is in. (Right now he is stage 3 zone 2 but has another exam today. Hoping for improvement!) We have to keep him in the hospital if he is on oxygen with this even though his exams are every week. I am told if his oxygen requirements are not exact then it can worsen his eyes, or worse, make him blind. So even though he is only there for a weekly exam he still needs to be kept there 24/7.
- His oxygen requirements. He is not quite what it needs to be at in order for him to come home.
3. Do you know what caused your premature birth?
4. How are you, your family, and your baby/babies doing now?
5. What advice would you give to a new preemie or NICU parent?
John is at home now! Hooray! Keep fighting and making your parents so proud John. We are all so proud of you!
He came home the 16th of this month (December.) He spent a total of 4 months, 136 days in the NICU. The day he came home was the best day EVER!
Please leave any questions or comments for Kim and her family below. Thank you so much, Kim, for sharing your inspiring story.
Healing Mama says
Kimberly you son is beautiful! I’m so happy he is home and I hope he continues to do well. I really love your advice about journaling everything.
Chels (@Inspire_Indulge) says
Oh my goodness! That precious little one’s head by his daddy breaks my heart but also makes me so happy becaus I can just feel the love <3 I love that you bring awareness about premature babies <3 Your passion is so inspiring.
Candy kage says
Congratulation. May you continue on a blessed path.
This is such a difficult situation for any parent to go through. I’m glad you are sharing these stories for those parents who are currently going through this and those who may go through this in the future.
What a beautiful little boy! Your story is one of faith and love. I can’t imagine a baby that small. I’m glad that he is finally home with mommy and daddy and pray he continues to get stronger. Great to meet you, Kimberly and your son, John. God bless.
Chrissa - Physical Kitchness says
WOW I’m sure it is incredibly hard to leave your baby at the hospital when you are discharged. So thankful my baby was full term and so happy this little guy is doing well!!
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
I will keep this little fighter in my thoughts, I’m so glad he was home for Christmas!
This is a beautiful story and I’m crying tears of joy that the family is now together at home! Kim, you are such a strong and loving momma – your story will be one of inspiration and your advice could be sooo helpful to any future NICU/preemie mothers.
Thank you everyone for your comments! I am so glad to inspire and get my story out there! You all are so wonderful!
Oh what a sweetie! So glad he was home with you for christmas!
Kimberly Brainerd says
I am so glad that everything turned out. You guys were blessed with a true fighter. Can’t wait to meet the Lil trooper. Love and miss you guys. This is a great article and very helpful to parents with preemies.
Kelly Collins says
I’m so happy for this family! And all of the families that are home and doing well. I imagine they had a wonderful Christmas!
I can’t even imagine how tough it must have been to have to leave the hospital without your child. I’m happy to know that you’re all doing well – and you’re here to inspire other parents going through a similar situation.
Angela Fry says
He is adorable. God bless you! I had triplets who spent 76, 103, and 108 days in the NICU. So happy he is home!
I am so glad that everything is going well with him! I didn’t have a preemie, but I did bleed at 37 weeks on the dot a lot! I was put on a mild “bedrest” for the rest of my time just in case, since both me and baby were fine, and induced at 39 weeks but they never found out the reason I bled!
My Urban Family says
So happy to hear he was able to go home for the holidays! What a great gift 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Corina Ramos (@NotNowMomsBusy) says
Thank you a year of Micro Preemie Monday. It was so heartwarming to read the stories of the little fighters and to see how they’re doing now. John is such a cutie and I thank Kim for sharing her story. Wishing them all the best.
Read. Write. Mom! says
I am so relieved to hear he is now at home with his family. I can’t even imagine what a difficult journey this has been. Praying for this sweet family.
Stefanie / The Monarch Mommy says
Wow. What a trooper! It must be wonderful to have him home now.
Neely (@Neelykins) says
So glad that sweet boy is home and doing so well!! XOXO
Jessy @ The Life Jolie says
So glad to hear that he’s home now- what a precious gift he is!
I can’t imagine having to go through that. Your baby is a fighter and looks great.
Crappy Christmas Letter says
What a touching story. So glad John is home now – that is certainly the best Christmas present ever!
I can’t even imagine what the parents go through in these situations. This little baby is such a hero & a fighter and absolutely adorable! So glad that he is back home and the family is complete now :). God bless and always keep this family together!
Thanks so much for bringing such a touching story. I am glad to have stopped by! Thanks for adding meaning to the blogosphere 🙂
Thank you so much! 🙂
Jennifer C. says
Aw, what a little cutie! So glad that John is home with his family!
Oh, I am so happy he came home. What an amazing story. My son has that exact same Christmas outfit and this whole story gave me all the feels. Hugs to you, Kim! I am thrilled to hear you have the little man there at home with you. <3
He’s so precious and a tremendous fighter! So glad he was able to go home right in time for the holidays. Kimberly, you gave such beautiful advice. Wishing continued growth and health.
I’m happy sweet little John is home! I know I’m a bit late since this post has been uploaded, but I’m still really happy he’s home.