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Melissa’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Noah is our second son. We also have an 11 month old. We live in CT and Noah is in the best NICU in the state as well as one of the top rated in the Northeast, Uconn Medical Center.

Latest Journal Update

Noah turns one!

Today was such an amazing day...our little man turned one! AAAAH! I almost can't believe it. We had a party at my parents house with all of our family and friends. It was perfect!

I can honestly say that that this has been the hardest year of my life. There were many times where we weren't sure this day would come, but Noah proved everyone wrong from day one. The day he was born we were told that white males had the worst chance for survival at only 25 weeks gestation. We knew from the start that he was a fighter. We were told that he would almost certainly go home with some sort of health issue, but Noah has a clean bill of health. At this point, Noah is completely healthy, but may need glasses at some point. If having some minor, fixable eye issues is the worst he has to deal with, we will take it!

Noah started at 1lb 12oz at birth and went down as low as 1lb 6oz. He was only 13.5 inches! He is now over 16lbs (we have his yearly well visit tomorrow) and around 27-28 inches long. He is still drinking Nutramigen and eating baby food. He is still not enjoying solid food, and gags a lot. He will eventually get the hang of it! He is constantly on the move. He crawls so fast and stands up everywhere. He cruises along couches and just wants to be like his big brother! It amazes me how well he developed and how quickly he met his milestones.

We took Noah to visit the most important people in his life last night...the staff at the NICU! We wanted to celebrate his life with them and say thank you for all they did...after all, he wouldn't be here without them! Just walking through the hospital brought back those memories. It's crazy how we were transported right back to those days. We were happy to show him off and be proud parents! We plan to visit every year around his bday.

We are so thankful for all the support we received since the day Noah was born. We really believe that the prayers he received contributed to his almost uneventful NICU journey. Our friends and family are absolutely amazing. I can't wait to see what the next year brings!