Our son, Isai, was born at 25 wks through emergency cesarean and weighed
1 lb 14.6 ounces. The doctors gave us very little hope as to his
chances of survival. The 75 days were, as the nurses kept telling us, a
roller coaster ride. By the grace of God, he came home with only an
apnea machine and a few meds and weighing 6lbs 7 oz.'s. He has a grade 3
brain bleed on one side and a 4 on the other which has caused damage but
we do not know what, if any, kind of delays he might have.
Of all the things I learned in the NBICU, the one thing I learned the
most was patience, patience, patience. There was nothing I could do to
help him get better but sit, wait, and pray. Every day
was an accomplishment. Every day I found something new to be grateful
for. I reached out to our friends and family for support and prayer. One quick
story, my favorite I might add, is the morning he was born, only a few
hours old and after I knew mom had been settled in her room, I went to
the hospital to see him. Let me back track a bit...he was born at one
hospital, then transferred to another because where he was born, the
hospital did not have an NBICU. So, mom was at one place and baby at
another. As I was walking down the bay to his bed, I
noticed the other babies crying and moving around and when I got to him,
he was lying still. The nurse immediately told me that he had been
sedated to which I asked "so he won't be moving for a while then?" and
the nurse replied "No". At that moment, as if on que, he raised his right
arm up into the air with a clenched fist and held it there for a bit.
In my heart, he was telling me "here I am dad, and I'm here to fight!"
with that, with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face, I walked away
knowing that God was working his magic and that my baby boy was going to
be just fine. Our little warrior came home on September 11th, 2012. Even though he
home with a few medicines and an apnea monitor,he has defied the odds
and truly is a "miracle baby". The road has only just begun. We still
have a few battles ahead of us but with our faith, nothing is impossible!