A 25 week miracle

On March 9th, 2017 I woke up with some back pain and bloody mucous. It had been a quite eventful pregnancy up until that point and I knew I had to go into the labor and delivery department once again. On our way to the hospital, I started timing my back pain and sure enough they were about 3 minutes apart. When we got to the hospital, they quickly did some tests and I was whisked away to Abbott Northwestern. I got to Abbott about about 9:30 AM and delivered Traeger at 10:53 AM. I progressed quickly from 2 cm to fully dilated. I pushed twice and Traeger was born. He was born at 25 weeks and 1 day gestation. He was 2 pounds, 1 1/2 ounces. He came out crying and he held my finger before they took him away to the NICU. In talking both with my ObGyn doctor and the delivery doctor, they found an infection in the amniotic fluid. They believe that Traeger's twin we had lost early on in the pregnancy and its dead cells caused the infection. The infection caused the early labor and possibly some of the other issues we've had with pregnancy. The delivery doctor noticed that the umbilical cord was very short and it was located on the edge of the placenta. All these things played a huge part in delivering Traeger so early. With small little bumps in the road and many successes to celebrate, Traeger came home on June 22nd, 2017. We received support from Eden's Garden at the end of our 106 day journey in the hospital and it couldn't have come at a better time. The support we received from Eden's Garden helped in our last few days at Children's and our transition home. We had to stop at Target on the way home to buy formula for Traeger and the gift card from Eden's Garden helped provide the sense of relief to provide Traeger what he needed without a financial burden. We thank Eden's Garden in supporting Traeger's journey home!