Our Brave one started to shake up our life at 26 weeks of pregnancy. My water broke at home and I spent 2 months in the hospital on bed rest. From that point on, he has done nothing but keep us on our toes! At 35 weeks, we delivered in Duluth MN and he was immediately rushed to the NICU. He received great care there and we were expecting to be home to celebrate Thanksgiving together as a family of 5. His brothers were so anxious to meet him and have us all home together. But Braven had other plans. During an ENT scope, they found some issues with his vocal cords and this prompted him to be transferred to the NICU at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. This is over 2 hours from our home and we had to quickly adapt to a family divided, again. Since his transfer to Children's, he has had countless X-rays, MRI and CT scans, Scopes, bronchoscopies, multiple surgeries, and so much more I can't even keep track of. He has been a brave little warrior through the whole journey. We did end up being discharged in February but unfortunately ended up back at the hospital and transported once again to Children's after 3 short weeks home. His surgery date has been moved up and the surgery is anticipated to repair and resolve multiple issues in his airway (hopefully without the need for a trach).
Even with the surgery, he will still not be able to come home and start daycare right away which has led to me being here with him or at home with our boys on weekends, all without pay. We are looking for any generosity in donations to help pay our monthly bills for a couple of months as I will be returning to work as soon as Braven is ready to go to daycare.
This has been long 7 month journey for us and we are very much looking forward to being together again for longer than 3 weeks! Our boys miss their brother and I miss them so much!