"Brave with spear"

Garrett's Story...

Garrett Robert Albert was born on August 22, 2012 at Holy Redeemer Hospital weighing 2 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 15 inches in length. He was born 11 weeks before his due date in November and spent 8 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He was born prematurely due to me (his Momma) having Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome.

Two days prior to his birth I went to the OBGYN for a routine check-up, I was 28 weeks pregnant. After taking my blood pressure and providing a urine sample, I learned from a doctor, whom I had never met, that I had Preeclampsia and would probably have to deliver my baby within 48 hours. I was stunned. The next 48 hours were a blur as I was given magnesium and other medicines to help with my blood pressure and to "speed up" Garrett's development. At last, sometime after midnight on August 22nd, it was decided that I would need to deliver my son ASAP as my organs were beginning to fail. So, at 2:52 a.m. I delivered my son via cesarean section and was only able to give him a quick kiss on the cheek before a team of five NICU doctors and nurses whisked him away. The first few days were terrifying for my husband and me. Not only were we first time parents, we were first time preemie parents, confused, scared, and feeling helpless. The next 8 weeks were difficult to say the least.

Although he spent a lot of time in the hospital, Garrett did exceptionally well considering. He was on a ventilator for about a week and a half, then was given oxygen for a few weeks before he could breathe completely on his own. He had a few infections that were quickly healed with antibiotics and had two blood transfusions to help his little heart beat normally. In time, Garrett graduated from his "Giraffe" isolette, to a bigger isolette to a normal baby bed. He went from eating a few cc's of food through a NG tube to taking a small bottle. He was in only a tiny diaper for weeks before wearing "doll-sized" preemie clothes. After he weighed over 4 lbs., could eat and breathe at the same time, and successfully ride in a car seat, he was discharged on October 11th - one of the happiest days of our lives! Since that day we have been extremely blessed. Garrett has met all of his milestones and is just like every other crazy three-year-old boy, except that he's a Superhero, obviously!

~Damona Albert
Superhero Momma