November 2020 – Preemie of the Month

My pregnancy was going perfectly, I almost couldn’t believe it. No morning sickness, glowy skin, everything was going well…until it wasn’t.

My water broke at 25 weeks and 4 days due to a partially ruptured membrane. I was having contractions, put on bedrest and was told that I wasn’t going to leave the hospital without a baby. That was the scariest

moment of my life. Bedrest lasted a day and a half and I had an emergency c-section. Scotlyn was born at 1 pound, 6 ounces, a true micro-preemie. Her first few days in the NICU were uncertain and my husband and I were numb, trying to process everything and be strong for her. The first time

she experienced bradycardia while I was in her room I started crying and completely freaked out.

Scotlyn was born 14 weeks early on October 10, 2018 and her due date was January 19, 2019. We were not expecting to have a baby in the hospital for my baby shower or spend the holidays in the NICU, but we spent every waking moment in the NICU and held her as often as we could. I didn’t go back to work while she was in the hospital because let’s face it, a baby is so much more than a job. I lived at the hospital and my husband returned to work and would then visit her afterward. We talked to her, read to her, held her, and loved her as fiercely as we could.

Scotlyn was a complete Rockstar and remained in the NICU for 15 weeks, only staying 4 days past her due date. Thankfully she did not have any major complications and was discharged without medication, a feeding

tube, or on oxygen. I know many other families are not that fortunate and we consider ourselves very lucky.

Scotlyn just turned two and is thriving. She is definitely in full toddler mode and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I tell her I love her about a million times a day and tell her how proud I am of her constantly. She is our little warrior and we are so incredibly grateful for her. To all the other NICU families and peanuts – we definitely understand your fears, anxiety and stress and going through such an ordeal is a living nightmare.

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