Our Hero, Bohdan

[this post was shared by the Bradbury Family]

Our journey for Bohdan began 2 years before he was even conceived. Due to my (mom) medical history and implant, we had to see a variety of specialists (anesthesia, neurosurgery, Maternal Fetal Medicine, etc) to determine if it was safe for me and baby to become pregnant, and deliver.

My pregnancy was the most difficult experience of my life. I experienced Hyperemesis Gravidarium, Gestational Hypertension, Gestational Diabetes and severe Preeclampsia. Again, it took an army to keep both mom and baby safe (MFM, OB Medicine, OB GYN, Dietician, etc). But even with all our efforts, Bohdan was born at 31 weeks. He was diagnosed with Respiratory Distress Syndrome, as he was not breathing at birth. Intubations, ventilators, oxygen along with so much more kept our baby safe and thriving.

Our NICU journey was difficult and amazing. Watching our little man through his battles and conquering them one by one. It was so beautiful to see such strength in such a tiny person.

Nothing about my pregnancy and birth was normal. Nothing. As holidays approached in the NICU, I assumed these too would be the same. But no! Project Sweet Peas [a swaddle4swaddle nonprofit partner] brought such happiness and normalcy back to us! For Halloween, they had a photographer and special itty bitty costumes to choose from. For the first time, I was just a mom picking out my son's costume. Then the photo shoot was amazing! We had our first "real" pictures of Bohdan taken, just as we would have if we were home. We cherish that picture of our little a Ninja Turtle. Project Sweet Peas was not done there either. We were given a care package and family photo shoot! How "normal" can you get?! It was so beautiful to get "real" pictures of Bohdan, my husband and myself done. It was such a happy time! One that we had been looking forward to for so long, and then did not think possible until after we got home. It was such a blessing! Bohdan spent a total of 49 days in the Women & Infants Hospital NICU. Project Sweet Peas helped mold those days into positive experiences and cherished memories.

We will be forever grateful!

The Bradbury Family