Our daughter Nabia Marie Morris was born early on 11/29/05 at 24 weeks weighing 1 pound, 3 ounces due to my incomplete cervix. Because she was so small we were told by our doctor to take it one day at a time. She was severely premature (a micro preemie) with respiratory distress syndrome combined with an extremely low birth weight. It was so hard to hear this – we did not know what was going to happen. During the first 24 hours of her life she was placed on conventional ventilation, then was extubated to CPAP, which was good. But our daughter’s situation continuously changed as if hourly and sometimes minute-to-minute. We had our share of good days and not so good days, a roller coaster of ups and downs.
However, she was cared for in the best place, and that gave us a sense that everything would work out in the end. She had her share of blood transfusions, and just when we were close to taking her home, she contracted RSV infection. Being so close it now seemed so far away from bringing her home. Fortunately, we made it through by the help of God, the best NICU doctors, NNP and the best PN. Everyone was always so helpful, and that made everything and every day go by so much easier.
She finally came home on 3/27/06 weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces, making that day the happiest day of our lives especially after a 115-day stay in the NICU. She was off of all the vents but because of her prior RSV infection, as a precaution she was released with a portable monitor and prescribed 1/8 of a liter of oxygen. The first night home with her was hard, no nurse, no doctor and the sound of the monitor going off when her vitals were not quite right was difficult, which also made it very difficult to get to sleep even after her first week home.
All in all God has blessed us with a very good and easy-going baby. Today she is doing very well and has been off the oxygen since 4/12/06 with no major medical issues. She is now 8 months old (4 months adjusted age) and weighs nearly 14 pounds. We were told the name Nabia means “butterfly.” Below is a poem we wrote inspired by Nabia’s journey home.
Dreamy Preemie Dreamy Preemie so little and bright All we want is to hold you tight Just like a tear falling from my eye A star each night falls from the sky With every fallen star a butterfly is there To lift it on a cloud and give it special care Day by day we all watch and we wait Praying to God who is good and great It’s not easy finding ways to cope But every breath you take create rays of hope From an infant to a woman One day we’ll see How much you have grown Little Nabia Marie - L. Morris
(Thanks to all of God’s angels at Women & Infants Hospital)
Submitted by LaMont & Yvonne Morris