The Incredible Quad Squad

  • The Mighty Quad SquadAge: 1 year
  • Weight at Birth: 1lb 9oz, 1lb 7oz, 1lb 5oz, & 1lb 6oz
  • Weeks Gestation: 25 weeks 2 days
  • Time spent in the NICU: 82, 101, 105, & 108 days
  • Super Hero Characteristics Mighty, Courageous, Fearless

My Preemie Story:

These are my amazing quads born at just 25 weeks 2 days gestation: Alyssa, Carter, Miles, & Bentley. They were born weighing 1lb 9oz, 1lb 7oz, 1lb 5oz, and 1lb 6oz. Miles has overcome 3 surgeries in his first year of life including: Bilateral laser eye surgery for Stage 2, Zone 2 Retinopathy of Prematurity with plus disease, bilateral inguinal hernia repairs, and a hypospadias repair. Bentley has also had a hypospadias repair. All have varying stages of chronic lung disease, but have been free of all oxygen support after 2 months of being home and have remained hospital free since their NICU discharge and are happy, healthy babies. I am so proud of how far each has come. There was a time that we didn’t know whether they would all survive. I am so thankful that they not only survived, but continue to thrive daily. They continue to amaze all around them with their progress. They each are meeting all their adjusted milestones and have even caught up in some areas to their actual age!! My babies inspire me every day. They are true fighters and true miracles. I am so blessed to be their mommy!!

Lil Warrior

AsherAge: 5-1/2 months
Weight at Birth: 1 lb 14 oz
Weeks Gestation: 26
Time spent in the NICU: 125 days +21 days in PICU totally 146 days

My Preemie Power Story:

Asher is dressed as Clark Kent in this picture. He has secretly been Superman from the very second he entered this world. Asher entered this world at 26 weeks weighing 1 lb 14 oz and 13 inches long in the parking lot of his brothers daycare in my pants with no medical personnel on hand. He was crying!! It is that determination that propelled him through all the hurdles he faced with his early arrival.

At less than a month old he had the PDA Heart Ligation surgery and it took 2 titanium clips to close the hole in his heart. At almost 3 months old he had a Tracheotomy due to having paralyzed vocal cords, and then at almost 4 months old he had four surgeries in one for the G-Tube placement, Fundoplication, Hernia and one other. After multiple re-intubations, 2 bouts of pneumonia and almost losing him two times, my lil warrior always kept fighting and always had a smile on his face. He showed me what true strength and grit means and he his the epitome of strength in my book. What he has overcame in his short life is nothing short of miraculous and I am so honored that God blessed me with such an incredible little boy.

His determination through every obstacle he has faced, and continues to face, is a testament to how much he wants to be in this world and he is going to do something great. He already has made such a difference in people lives with how inspirational he is with his huge smile and happy face despite what he has been through. His brother and I adore him and are happy to celebrate that he has been home a month now after a 5 day hospital stay for Bilateral Viral Pneumonia 3 weeks after coming home. At almost 6 months old he weighs 7 lbs 14 oz and is 20 1/4 inches long. He just amazes me and I am so fortunate to be able to look into the eyes of his beautiful face and witness a miracle every day.

Super Hero Characteristics:
Resilient, Conqueror, Courageous, Inspiring, he smiles in the face of adversity……I could go on and on. 🙂 (He has 2 amazing sidekicks in his brother and mom too!)

Ari-tron

Ari ~ Super Hero Alias: Ari-Tron

AriAge: 9 months
Weight at Birth: 1 lb 2 oz
Weeks Gestation: 28
Time spent in the NICU: 4 months 27 days

My Preemie Story:

Ari-tron was born December 26, 2012! He was born 1 lb 2 oz and 10 1/2 inches! Never in our lives had we seen something so magnificent but yet so frail. We knew from early on that we had a long road ahead of us, but we were so excited to walk that road with him.

We were told at our 18 week appointment that most likely he had Spina Bifida as well as bilateral clubbed feet and that we had the choice to terminate the pregnancy. This was not an option for our family. Not knowing anything about Spina Bifida we were beyond scared. We decided to get a 2nd opinion. Our next Dr. more professionally confirmed that yes it was a neural tube defect most likely in the S1 location. But more importantly he pointed out that Ari was a small baby. We now learned that he was an IUGR kiddo.

We made it 28 weeks and then had an emergency c-section. Ari measured about a 24 week old baby. [Read more…]