I found out I was pregnant with my first child in May of 2014. I had just finished my junior year of high school, so I was now a senior. I was terrified! I was 17 and all I could think was my parents are going to kill me. Well they found out before I had a chance to tell them and they sat me down and long story short told me that what is done is done and now I am going to grow up, get a job and take care of this baby. I was excited to have a baby but I also didn't know how it was going to be. The pregnancy was going fine and we found out we were having a little boy. All the emotions we're really high at this point. We had an ultrasound one day and that is when we got the news that my placenta grew the wrong way and that it was clamping the baby's umbilicord almost shut. He was only getting half the nutrients of what he really needed to grow the correct way. He was really small and they couldn't get him to grow. At about 25 weeks, on October 20th 2014, I went to a doctor appointment and my blood pressure was sky rocketed. She sent us to the hospital immediately and I got admitted. She told me the next day that I would be there until his due date which was January 30th! I had so many emotions, I was scared, nervous, and worried about my son. At about 27 weeks they did an ultrasound and told me he wouldn't grow anymore at that point. He had reached the max for the amount of nutrients he was receiving. They continued to monitor me for the following weeks and on December 9th, I started having bad chest pains so the doctor wanted to do a 24-hour urine test. My boyfriend (now husband) was out of town for his grandfather's heart surgery so all I could think was please don't let this baby come before he gets back! He came back the next day and on Thursday morning December 11th the doctors came in and said I had developed severe preeclampsia and said we would have a son by about 5pm that night. I was terried! I was only 31 weeks and thought he can't come yet! During the last 3 weeks I had gotten 3 rounds of corticosteroids so the doctor reassured me that he wasn't worried about if his lungs would be developed or not. He said those steroids usually do their job so he made me feel a little bit in that aspect. At about 4:30 I got rolled into the operating room and got the spinal block done and now it was time to lay there and wait to hear a baby cry. 15 minutes later, at 5:43pm I heard my baby boy crying and I knew his lungs definitely worked. They took him and daddy straight to the NICU while I got stitched up. They called the NICU a few minutes later and they told the nurse that the baby was 2 pounds 10 ounces and 15 inches long. I couldn't believe how small he was. But he was definitely our little fighter. He passed all his tests and never gave the nurses one lick of trouble. One month and two days later on January 13th we got to bring our little Aiden home. He is now a crazy and energetic 3 year old little boy. He is so smart and continues to amaze his father and I everyday. He is definitely on the smaller size with only weighing 27 pounds but they said it's expected with his birth weight.
Hello and Welcome to Share!! Thanks so much for sharing the story of your amazing NICU graduate Aiden. I hope you can continue to keep us updated on him and and your family. So many of us here know what it is to have a baby too soon, who is a bit too small, and needs the support of an amazing NICU. Often, we forget that we need support after its over. I hope you can continue to share more of your story with us.
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Hello and welcome! What a little fighter your Aiden is! I hope you'll continue to share more about him as he continues to grow and age.
Thank you for sharing our story with us! I am so glad little Aiden is doing so well. Your story can definitely inspire others who have a similar circumstance and that’s what we’re all here for, to get through these difficult roads together.
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