On Oct. 13, 2009 I was rushed to surgery when the baby’s heart rate dropped. After an emergency C-section at the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, Kaleb was welcomed into this world… 13 weeks early. He was just 1 lb., 10 oz. and 12 inches long.
He was admitted immediately to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He was so tiny that he fit in our hands and we could do nothing but hope and trust that God was in control. As you can imagine, it was a very stressful time. But Kaleb was so strong and he continued to improve. There were many good days, and some bad ones too. It seemed that for every two steps forward we’d take ten big ones back.
With time, Kaleb came off the ventilator and CPAP and continued to show improvement. He had problems eating so he had to have additional surgery to have a bilateral inguinal hernia repaired and a feeding tube inserted to help him get the nutrition he needed.
Kaleb called the hospital home for the first five months (that’s 150 days!) of his life before he was finally able to come home with us in March 2010. With the help of the nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors at the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children who were such a big part of his life for 23 weeks, we now have Kaleb, our little miracle from God… a precious 2year old little miracle. We hope that anyone who reads this will find encouragement and understand that miracles can and do happen. Our own Kaleb is a testament to this. And we thank God and Florida hospital for this miracle and blessing bestowed on our family.
I tell parents who have their babies in a NICU, “Never lose faith.” Take pictures daily of the baby that way when you feel like nothing is taking place you can look back and see the baby’s growth and improvement.
Kaleb has some medical issues. He has a Gtube, an inguinal hernia; he has had cardiac problems, and has only one kidney. But more than all that, Kaleb is strong, he encourages others with his beautiful smile and he is a fighter. He is our little miracle, our little “Pumpkin”; he is our very own STORY OF FAITH and the greatest present any mother could ever ask for.
Happy Mother’s Day!