Micro Preemie Monday
I’m so happy you’re here today. It’s Monday, which means I have another amazing story to share with you for Micro Preemie Monday. Today, Holly is going to share her story and her sweet boy, Lucky Ball. Holly sent me her story in mid October, so I will have some updates for you after the questions.
1. Please tell us about your baby.
Hi, My son’s name is Lucky Ball. He was born at 24 weeks 4 days gestation. My original due date was December 5, 2015. He weighed 1 lb 11 oz and was 11 3/4 inches long.
2. Do you know what caused your premature birth?
I was considered a high risk pregnancy due to two prior miscarriages last year, and I’m an epileptic. I have a machine called a VNS device that is implanted in my chest to help my seizures. I was monitored regularly and had 4 different doctors so it was a real shock when I had a spontaneous labor on August 19th. 2015. I had an infection in my placenta called Chorio (Chorioamnionitis). My labor lasted 1 hour and he was breached.
3. How long was your NICU stay? What was the hardest part?
We have been in the NICU for 53 days now. The hardest part has been not being there all day for him. We visit him at least twice a day and it’s not enough. Going through two losses and making it all the way to 6 months thinking I was in the “safe zone” not being the one with him 24/7 is the hardest part. We are hanging in there and balancing NICU life and our other two kids at home.
4. How are you and your baby doing now?
I just had surgery to fix my VNS machine my labor put a lot of stress on my body. I’m currently recovering and visiting my son daily. Lucky is doing a lot better. He was born with two grade four bleeds that are now down graded to two grade threes. He had a terrible infection a few weeks ago and we almost lost him (for the third time). Since then he has had PDA Ligation surgery and he is doing amazing. He’s not out of the woods yet but he is so strong and he’s a true fighter. He is now 3lbs 1oz. And 14 inches. We call him Lucky the Fighter.
5. What advice do you have for new Preemie Parents?
Best advice to other preemie parents create a blog/ page for your child and your experience. We did and it truly has helped us through our journey. We get to focus on the page each day with updates,pictures and motivational quotes. We have created an amazing community of people. Being a bit of a shy person I never realized how much I needed support and love from others during this journey. When you start to feel alone it’s nice to have support especially from other preemie parents. I would also advise to take each day one at a time and follow your heart. The best thing you can do is love your baby and you will find the strength from him/ her. Everyday is difficult but when you are a preemie parent you are truly fighting for your child’s health every day and it gives you the strength to keep fighting and to never give up.
Now, here’s an update from Lucky’s Facebook Page:
Lucky is 72 days old and 34 weeks 6 days gestation. Lucky is growing fast, he is now 4lbs. 13oz. And he is a strong little fighter.
We got the results back from Lucky’s eye exam, he has Stage 2 ROP. It’s not the best news but it’s still early so he will continue to have weekly eye exams until we know more.
Lucky got his hernia examined yesterday it’s a little bigger but there’s no sign of infection or any severe issues. They will continue to monitor him and he will be able to have the surgery to fix it before he goes home.
He did get a head ultrasound done this morning but we do not know the results yet.
Last night Lucky got another bath and took another full bottle. They should be doing Halloween costumes today in the NICU, his lovely nurses made him a costume! Please continue with all your love and support. Stay Lucky Strong!
We will be checking back in with Holly and Lucky Ball soon. I can’t wait to give you the update that he’s home. Stay Lucky Strong!