Mason Ellsworth Wright born 2/20/18 weighing in at 2 pounds 14.5 ounces 16 inches long.
Mason was delivered at St Mary’s at 31 weeks and 2 days due to preeclampsia with special features. As my pregnancy progressed, my placenta matured very quickly an no longer wanted to support the baby. If my heart was not squeezing, blood was not flowing through the cord. My blood pressure also went very high due to the preeclampsia, and was at risk of a stroke or seizure. It was determined that the best option for both of us was to deliver. We spent exactly 7 weeks in the NICU.
During our stay, the staff was more than wonderful! They not only cared for our precious miracle, but they took care of us mentally, physically, and emotionally as well. Staff often asked how we were doing, or made sure we were sleeping, eating, and drinking. They befriended us and comforted us during what seemed like huge set backs. The day Mason got a UTI and had a hard time fighting was one of the worse days. I sat there and watched my boy turn blue, and receive blow by air due. As I sat there and tried to be strong all the while thinking I was going to lose him the nurses were right there to reassure me that they were well trained and he would beat this infection. After 10 days of antibiotics the infection was gone and Mason’s development really started to take off. It was then that he started reaching several milestones. The NICU staff was there to celebrate each one of those milestones with us. Several of the staff became like family to us and will never be forgotten. With out them, I do not know how any of us would have made it through this journey.
By the end of the 7 weeks, Mason had gained 3.5 pounds and weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces at graduation. He continues to grow like a weed and is gaining about 1/2 a pound and 1/2 and inch each week. We are beyond blessed