Sussex County March for Babies Ambassador Family - Devine Preemie Strength

| Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Wilmington, Delaware, February 11, 2016 —

Makayla Marie Gritton
Born June 5, 2014
13 Weeks Too Soon
2 Pounds 10 Ounces

We had just finished our son’s birthday party on June 1st and I was feeling tired and having a lot of back pain.  I went to bed early and throughout the night I was very uncomfortable.  Thinking I just over did it, I got up and got ready for work on Monday morning.  By the time I started driving into work the pain was unbearable.  I called my mom and she suggested I call the doctor because she heard that severe back pain could be a sign of pre-term labor.  Luckily my work was right next to my doctor so I stopped in and met with the doctor.  From there everything was a blur.  I remember hearing I was in labor and 3 centimeters dilated.  I thought this cannot be I am only 7 months pregnant.  I was scared and alone and I just could not wrap my head around how they could be telling me I was in labor.  I made my way to Beebe hospital and from there I was transferred up to Christiana Hospital by ambulance.  I was in the hospital long enough to get both rounds of steroid shots that help babies lungs develop faster and have doctors from the NICU come and speak to me about my baby and the things she could be facing if she was born that day.  They kept re-enforcing that every day Makayla would be getting stronger and growing. Their hope was to keep labor stopped for long enough for her to continue to grow into a healthy full term baby girl.  Only 3 days later Makayla was born at 3:00 in the morning at 27 weeks and 5 days gestation.  Seeing our baby and holding her for the first time was the most fantastic experience and the greatest miracle was that the shots worked.  Makayla’s lungs were developed and she was breathing on her own. We were allowed to hold her for a short time before they brought her to the NICU.  She was a small, but a healthy baby girl.  Makayla stayed in the NICU in Christiana for almost 2 months.  Makayla had some issues with not gaining weight for the first 2 weeks, but then she started growing and getting bigger and stronger each day.  The day we got to walk out of the hospital and bring our little girl home for the first time was an amazing but scary experience. My husband and I got use to the alarms and comfort of the nurses’ support and knowledge.  March of Dimes had a huge presence in the NICU and the first thing we received was a welcome packet full of information from March of Dimes.  This information turned into our reading material for the next 2 months in the NICU. The day before I left the NICU with Makayla I went to one last support group that talked about bringing your baby home.  Talking to the other moms and knowing they had the same concerns made me feel better and made the overall experience of going home that much better.  The NICU experience was very hard on our family as we lived 1 ½ hours away from the NICU.  The March of Dimes, NICU Nurses, Staff and Doctors who stayed positive and kept us informed every step of the way was what kept us going.  March of Dimes made us feel like family by having Father’s Day dinner, classes for us to take, emotional support, and literature that kept us informed every step of the way and so much more.  We are forever grateful to the support of March of Dimes during one of the hardest times emotionally for our family.

 Makayla is now a healthy, happy 18 month old.  She loves dancing, her pets, and her family.  She has reached and surpassed all of her milestones and surprises her doctors every day.  Every step of the way we hear people say, “I just can’t believe she was a preemie.”  Makayla is our little miracle from God.

 We hope Makayla’s story gives other families hope, encouragement, and strength.

 The Gritton Family

Sussex County Ambassador Family

Devine Preemie Strength Team

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