Age: 1 year
Weight at Birth: 1lbs 7 ozs
Weeks Gestation: 23
Time spent in the NICU: 76 days
My Preemie Power Story:
We were not ready or prepared to have a preemie. I had never been around a preemie and didn’t know at all what happened when you were to have one. With a 1-1/2 year old daughter at home, I was not ready for our little guy to be here yet. Gunner was born at a hospital that was not capable of handling a baby his size. After being bagged for 30 minutes they were finally able to get a tube in to keep him alive with his need for oxygen.
About 4 hours after he was born, he was finally able to get to a hospital that was able to handle such a small guy and get him stable. He spent 76 days in the NICU struggling to stay ahead of the game. He had a PDA heart ligation that caused him to go back on 100% oxygen on and off for several days. He was able to come home a month before his due date, but on oxygen for several months after.
He has been home a year now, and we have had our struggles. He has sensory issues that requires him to wear a spio almost every day to keep him calm and focused. He had fluid on the ears and was unable to hear for at least 5 months that we know of and is finally able to hear and respond at 14 months old. We have struggled with feeds and his food aversions, but every day we try a new food and try to get him what he likes to eat. We are going to a neurologist who is watching for mild cerebral palsy and he will have an MRI done for the first time next month. He has some eye turning issues and has glasses that he refuses to leave on. Life has been very tough for us since our special little guy was born, but we are blessed with every minute he is here.
Super Hero Characteristics:
Super Strength. Super Speed (Crawling), Reactive adaptation (Was able to adapt and overcome no matter what was thrown at him), Empathy (Always has the power to make everyone smile!)