Premature Baby

IS HE AUTISTIC?

IS HE AUTISTIC?

“Is he Autistic?”

I nearly froze as I heard the words enter through one ear and out the other. I wasn’t expecting for the Woman who had just packaged my salmon Kroger to blurt out that question. My 4 year old was standing a couple feet away from me whining a little for a “doy doy” aka DOUGHNUT! I was shocked and taken aback. What prompted this question? Was is because he is wearing glasses? Was it his whining? I don’t know but it was so left field and literally shocking. I personally would NEVER blurt out a question about someones child.

NICU ALUMNI

NICU ALUMNI

Well friends it's been 2 years since we brought our little miracle Jaxson home from the NICU! 2 years...can you believe it??? I am humbled and eternally grateful for our journey. We went from not being sure our son would make it, to conquering the NICU rollercoaster for 119 days and him becoming a NICU grad. Over the last 730 days, by the grace of God he has been healthy and free from any hospital re-admissions which for a 22 week preemie is AMAZING! Whew!

SAVE MY SON

SAVE MY SON

"YOU GUYS ARE YOUNG YOU CAN ALWAYS TRY AGAIN LATER.” Those were the words my OB uttered as he sat at the edge of my hospital bed. I cried and asked, “Why is this happening to us?” I was 22 weeks pregnant and 2.8cm dilated. His usual candor went from upbeat to sad as he responded, “Sometimes these things just happen. You guys are good people and I hate when bad things happen to good people.” We wanted the truth and his advice…that’s when he said straight forward that we should do "comfort care". Going that route would mean that we would not stop the premature labor, and there would be absolutely no medication given or intervention when our son was born. Simply put, this suggestion meant that if our son was born before 24 weeks, we would hold him until he passed away. Most hospitals won't save a baby unless they are 24 weeks gestation. That's the gestation that many deem viable, although many babies are born and survive at 22 and 23 weeks.