Beautifully Different – Evelyn
A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs
Evelyn is Beautifully Different
Meet Evelyn! She was born at just 29 weeks gestation. Evelyn is classified as a “Very Preterm” infant (Delivery occurring before 32 weeks.) She spent 50 days in the NICU at the hospital. During that time, she had several different treatments and services, fed through a feeding tube, as well as intravenously being given lipids and proteins. While not all premature babies experience complications, being born too early can cause short-term and long-term health problems. Generally, the earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of complications. Currently, it is unknown if Evelyn has any disorders or defects. Her family is still learning more about her as she meets with her neonatologist, occupational therapist, and dietitian. They do know that she will be developmentally delayed for the first two years, if not longer, depending on when she meets her milestones in the first two years.
Evelyn is Beautifully Different!
The week prior to Evelyn’s arrival, her mother was admitted to the hospital because of the impending premature birth. On their first night there, the neonatologist on call came to their room to discuss with Evelyn’s parents what their birth would look like, as well as what Evelyn’s life would look like for the first two years. All they could do was hope that Evelyn would stay in utero for as long as possible. Their team at the hospital told them that every extra day they could keep her inside equated to three days on the outside.
A Day in the Life of Evelyn
Having a preterm baby at the height of cold and flu season can be scary. It’s the season where leaving the house is totally restricted, so her daily routine is pretty much the same each day! Morning sees Evey’s first dose of Zantac for the GERD she has (most feeding tube babies end up having a severe form of reflux from the tube forcing their throat open constantly). She then gets an additional dose at night, along with poly vi sol, a multivitamin with an extra iron supplement, as she’s also anemic.
Incredible. Resilient. Brave
Evelyn is truly the light of her parents lives. In her mothers words; “I was scared out of my mind that our perfect pregnancy had come to a conclusion that nobody wishes for, but wouldn’t have changed a thing about how this wonderful girl came into our lives. Her arrival is such a reflection of who she is, and will become. She may have been a mico-preemie, but she is without a doubt, the biggest blessing.