Atticus R. ~ Super Hero Alias: Atticus the Great
Age: 9 weeks
Weight at Birth: 2 lbs, 1 oz
Weeks Gestation: 26 weeks
Time in the NICU: 69 days and counting
Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?
Respiratory distress syndrome, inguinal hernia, retinopathy of prematurity
Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?
Atticus was brought into this world with the odds against him. Although he had weak lungs and a fragile body, he has a strong heart. What was written on his Star Wars baby shower invitations was correct, “The force is strong with this one.” Atticus battled back from almost not making it at birth, to 9 weeks later being 5 lb 9 oz and expected to be discharged from the NICU in the next few weeks. There have been lots of little bumps and stumbles along the rocky road we’ve been down the past two months, yet every time Atticus shows us how strong he is. He is determined not to give up! He truly is a blessing to all who are around him and we are so excited to bring our little boy home very soon.
Using three or more typical characteristics of a Super Hero, please describe your child.
strong, determined, resilient
What advice do you have for future NICU parents?
Take it one day at a time. Focus on short term goals.