My husband and I were on a babymoon in Cabo San Lucas when I noticed some strange swelling in my left foot. I brushed it off as much as I could thinking it was normal pregnancy swelling. However, by the time we returned home, I couldn't ignore it any longer. I checked my blood pressure at home and it was high, so I called my doctor who advised me to go to the ER and rule out a blood clot. I was 25 weeks and 2 days pregnant. When I arrived at the hospital, the doctors found a large amount of protein in my urine and ran blood work that would eventually diagnose me with severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. My OB arrived that night and told me I would likely be meeting my baby the next morning as I was on the verge of a stroke. God allowed us 11 days on inpatient bed-rest before our sweet Campbell Ethridge arrived at 27 weeks and 0 days gestation, weighing exactly 2 lb. He was whisked away to the NICU while I was still under general anesthesia and I didn't get to meet him until the next day. Our sweet boy spent 102 days in the NICU and overcame so many odds for a 27 weeker! He spent about 6 hours on a ventilator, 6 weeks on a bubble CPAP machine, and then several more on both high and low flow oxygen. He also had a brain bleed, heart defect called a PDA, and some really annoying reflux while in the NICU, but he is such a fighter! Once he was able to regulate his own body temperature, he was able to start wearing clothes! I put him in Kickee Pants almost every day. We had just about every print that comes in preemie size! I loved that he had soft and adorable clothes and blankets to keep him as comfortable as he could be- especially when I had to be away from him. They are still the coziest jammies and we wear them nearly every night. In March of 2016, we got to bring him home and it was the happiest day of our lives. Since then, he has grown and developed into a sweet, feisty social butterfly and he brings our family so much joy! He is now over 10 times his birth weight! We will forever be thankful to our NICU doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and support staff for all they did for Campbell. They won't ever know the way they touched our family's heart and life! We recently celebrated Campbell's first birthday, and we asked our friends to donate a preemie outfit for our NICU instead of bringing a gift to his party. This coming weekend, our family will be delivering lots of Kickee Pants sleepers and gowns to our NICU to spread some comfort to other preemies like Campbell!
On a side note, we are so appreciative of the multitude of options KP has for preemie sizes!! It is tough to find preemie clothes, especially cute ones!! KP is by far our favorite!
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