Xander was born at 23 weeks, not quite what is "traditionally" considered viability. At 1 pound, 3 ounces and 12.5 inches long, he was born breathing on his own and as stable as he could be, especially so early.
The next day, the neonatologist walked into my room and the first words out of her mouth were, "I want you to know that loss of life is still a very real possibility." The next 133 days in the NICU were filled with ups and downs. We went through blood transfusions, intubations (to give his little lungs a break), exorcist-like reflux, but thankfully NO surgeries. Our NICU wasn't 24/7, the visiting hours were 8-5 and 8-12 a.m. I, unfortunately, had to save up my paid time off for when he left the NICU, so I returned to work when he was two weeks old. My mother worked at his hospital so she kept an eye on him during the day and I spent every night there. I never missed a day. I called every two to three hours. I got into various, heated disagreements with his doctors, simply trying to be an advocate for my son. The biggest struggle was for them to see Xander for who he was and how he was progressing. It was sobering watching his due date and spending Thanksgiving eating in the hospital cafeteria. Every struggle was worth it. After 19 grueling weeks, our son came home on November 28, 2015.
The past 20 months have been filled with ups and downs. We've been to the ER once, had RSV, evaluated for cerebral palsy, been to physical and occupational therapy, etc. We are so incredibly blessed to report that Xander is healthy and strong. He has no current medical diagnosis and is growing like a weed!
Our first Kickee introduction came from our sweet friend, Emily Rhodes. Emily co-owns our local boutique, Swaddle, and received a sample of the preemie sac gown and immediately thought of us. We've been hooked ever since. Twilight moon & stars and natural veggies were our first dose of KicKee and we will never look back!
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