Warning: If you are uneasy about seeing babies hooked up to machines, etc., you may not want to read this post.
Today my little guy turns 2!
I can’t believe that it’s been two years already since Xavier was born. The days, weeks, months, and years are just passing us by like there is no tomorrow!
If you’ve read Shawn Ann’s World over the last 2-1/2 years, you will know that these last 25 months have been touch and went at times and even very frightening. You will remember that it all started on April 12, 2011, when I was admitted to the hospital and feared that either something would go terribly wrong with Xavier or that he was going to be born three months early. Thankfully the hospital stay only lasted a week and then I was able to spend the rest of my pregnancy at home, but for some reason, Xavier was to be born early regardless.
On May 23, 2011, at 32 weeks one day, Xavier entered the world via an emergency C-Section and changed our lives forever! Although he looked very healthy at first, he weighed in at only 2lbs 8oz and was 15.4 inches long. It wasn’t really until I got to see him for the first time that I realized how bad it was and thankful at the same time that it wasn’t worse.
During his first night, he had some major struggles, a collapsed lung, and major difficulty breathing. We didn’t know exactly how bad it was or how long he’d stay in the hospital. They told us most preemies get to go home before their actual due date. However, that wasn’t the case for Xavier.
It was almost a week before I was even able to hold him for the first time, he wasn’t eating like a healthy baby, and he was confined to a little incubator until he was able to maintain his body temperature. Even though all of this he was a smiley little guy!
It was a month before we got to see Xavier without all the tubes all over him, we happened to show up just as one of the nurses was getting ready to change his oxygen tube and clean him up real good. We even had a chance to hold him without being attached to the machines!
It didn’t last long, but it was our first look at exactly how Xavier looked. It is amazing how much different someone can look if they have oxygen tubes on them. Thank you, Nurse Carrie, for allowing us to get to experience this part and for taking pictures of us!!!!
Through it all, Xavier spent 72 days in the NICU and had to stay on oxygen until he was able to do without. The battle wasn’t over yet. Not by a long shot. Xavier was only home for just over a week before he returned to the hospital due to major issues with his breathing and remained in the PICU for two weeks before he was able to come home again. This ended up being an ongoing battle for several months before he had his last hospital visit that was in February 2012 and has been healthy ever since!
Before we knew it, he was a year old, mouth full of teeth, and interacting with us.
Today, he is walking, running, trying to talk, eating, and being an average 2-year-old boy! Although his weight is still way down there, he’s getting taller and taller all the time. In fact, we have new neighbors, and they have a little boy who is a month younger than Xavier and Xavier is just about as tall as the neighbor boy. We just need to do something about the picky eater he is!
We’ll be having pictures taken of Xavier on Saturday, so I’ll be posting them soon after we get back. It’s amazing how much he has changed from the day he was born until today (picture below taken last week).
Fun Xavier Fact
I can grab Xavier’s shoes, and he immediately goes to the couch, climbs, and waits for me to put his shoes on. He knows that his shoes mean going outside, whether it be to leave to go somewhere or just to go outside and play in the yard.