Sweet little Leila was born at only 28 weeks and weighed a mere 1 lb 14 oz but she let out a single cry in the operating room. Leila has been doing things her way- as most preemies usually do. She was on breathing support called CPAP for 4 weeks. Her parents were so eager to see her beautiful face and CPAP is like a giant mask on a tiny baby’s face. She is very feisty and hated her CPAP- she was always trying to push it off her face. When the nurses would change it she would push their hands away to put it back on, cry and move her head the opposite direction. She had trouble with her O2 sats and needed it adjusted frequently. When she got the nasal cannula she quickly figured out how to pull it out or move her head around to get it out of her nose. All of this behavior is so amazing for such a tiny little preemie!
Since Leila was born she has moved her head to the direction of her mom and dad's voices. She loves snuggling skin to skin or in clothes. She just cuddles right into her mommy’s chest! Leila has found her voice and grunts and talks to her mom and dad a lot! Leila’s mom says “I love her smiles, she smiles with her eyes closed pretty often. Just this last week she is really opening her eyes and staying awake for about an hour in the late afternoon and I got a smile with her eyes open. She likes it when I cover the top of her head with my hand, it comforts her. She loves her baths too, she gets a very calm happy look on her face and hardly moves. I just learned how to give her an infant massage, she likes her back and chest touched but I think her feet are ticklish because she doesn’t care for that”.
Today Leila is 5 lbs and is learning to eat and overcome reflux. Eden’s Garden was so excited to help this special family during their journey in the NICU. Please help us continue to support families during their journey in the NICU by donating today. Also, get your tickets to Wine in the Garden today! It will be an amazing event with all net proceeds benefiting families just like this!