The Blodgett Family

The Blodgett Family

Jonathan and I expected a normal pregnancy with a normal birth, as all parents do. I had planned on taking Lamaze classes, having a baby shower, and doing all the things new moms do. But in my 14th week, everything changed. First I was diagnosed with preeclampsia, but my pregnancy was normal until week 26, when I developed a condition called preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). I was rushed to Maine Medical Center and told my baby could come at any time. Such an early birth could mean serious risks for our baby. We were really frightened. The next week, I suddenly went into labor. Aiden was born an hour later, so quickly that the doctor hadn’t even put her gloves on. My mom was with me, but Jonathan was at work an hour away and barely got there in time. We had been warned that most premature babies don’t cry at birth, may look blue, and always need urgent medical attention. Aiden weighed 2 pounds, 2 ounces, and was just 12 inches long. But we heard him cry, then saw him wave his tiny hand in the air while they rushed him to the NICU. We both cried with joy. The nurse told us Aiden was “healthy and strong for a 27-weeker.” When I finally got to hold him days later, I was nervous because he looked so fragile. But when they laid him on my chest, I felt complete. Two days after Aiden was born, Jonathan and I moved into the Ronald McDonald House. We stayed for two months while Aiden was in the NICU. With everything we were going through as NICU parents, it was really emotional. The family atmosphere at the House helped a lot -- little things like the home-cooked meals, open communication, and the amazing staff. Even though we spent most of our time at the hospital, it helped to be with other families in similar situations. Everyone had such open hearts. It was as if we all somehow knew each other without even having to speak. But most important was that the only thing we had to worry about was Aiden. I could never express how truly thankful we are for what Ronald McDonald House offers. Without a doubt I would recommend it to other families in that situation. We hoped and prayed we would be able to bring Aiden home for Christmas. Our wish came true. On December 14, we were allowed to take him home. Although he has had some tough times, today Aiden is 2 and is just like any other toddler. He is running, climbing and causing trouble. Every day I am thankful for how well he has done and how lucky we are. We’ll never forget all the support we had from our families, friends and everyone at the Ronald McDonald House.  
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