Trinity P. ~ Super Hero Alias: Little Blessing
Age: 9 months
Weight at Birth: 5lbs 2oz
Weeks Gestation: 32 weeks
Time in the NICU: 36 days
Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?
Right around the time I was gestationally 21 weeks old my Mommy found out that she might have pregnancy conditions called placenta previa and placenta accreta. Her Doctor said that she was early in the pregnancy, things could change and that she shouldn’t worry about it. Low and behold 5 days later Mommy woke up early one morning hemorrhaging. Meeting the ambulance and being rushed to the hospital was the start of a very courageous battle for the both of us. When Mommy got to the hospital she was immediately given her first dose of steroids as well as all the other meds to keep me inside and developing. The Doctors were so nice and encouraging. They set my Mommy’s goals very low and said, each day that you can keep the baby inside really does matter and help the baby beat even more odds. This continued for weeks and included a couple of trips to the L&D ward. I came very close to being born on several occasions.
The day came for me to be delivered and Mommy had to undergo a very bad and complex surgery. She couldn’t see me for several days and when she finally could see me she was so sick that she could only come in for 20 minutes once a day.
I had a really hard time keeping my body temperature, eating and keeping my eyes open.
After spending about 6 weeks in the NICU the day finally came for Mommy to take me home. She had never even had the opportunity to hear me cry, change my clothes or bath me. She was still so sick that our journey home was not only hard on me, but hard on Mommy as well.
God Blessed Mommy and Me. We had a terrific team of doctors, nurses, staff, friends and family that helped us make it each and every day at the hospital and after. Mommy and I beat the odds! It is very likely that had we not have had great doctors and great facilities we wouldn’t be here today. We made it through very tough times and are both here today to be “Modern day Miracles.”
I have had a lot of Doctors and Therapists work with me. Recently they told Mommy “Who would have thought that the small, frail, lethargic baby that you brought home would have turned into this little healthy 20lb chunk?” God knew what he was doing when he sent me to my Mommy. She never gave up and has helped me to roll over, sit up, crawl, walk, eat and squeal.