In July 2015 we were getting ready to plan our 3rd daughters 1st birthday. It was then we found out we were expecting our 4th child. We were scared and excited at the same time. Four kids, WOW! We were adding to our 3 beautiful girls. Maybe, just maybe we’ll have a boy but we weren’t counting on it. The day we told the girls we were having a baby was priceless. Lexi was speechless, Aurianna said she didn’t want a brother and Isabelle had no clue what was going on. On October 7, 2015 we announced to our family and friends that Our Family was growing by two feet. Shortly after on November 2, 2015 we told the girls we were having A BOY! Lexi had the biggest smile on her face, Aurianna cried, “I don’t want a brother” and again Isabelle had no clue what was going on. We were overjoyed to add a boy to our family.
Our expected due date was February 2016 but God had other plan for our family. At 26 weeks on November 12th I had complications and was rushed to the ER from home. We didn’t know what to think or what was going on but neither did the MD’s at the hospital we went to. Thank God for my midwife and MD’s who quickly had me transferred to St. Lukes Baptist. Two days later on November 14, 2015 at 27 weeks we were blessed with our little boy, Isaiah Eric Bustillos. Isaiah weighed 2.9lbs and 13 inches long.
On November 14, 2015 our fragile and micro-premature baby boy began his Journey at St. Luke NICU. We were overwhelmed by family and friends who prayed for Isaiah, our family, doctors and nurses caring for him. We lived in San Antonio while our family was far away in New Mexico. Those who could come to Texas and help did so. Our church family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and nurses came together to help our family because we had to continue raising a family and working. We thanked God every day for the great medical care and medical advances that were helping Isaiah grow, allowing him the opportunity to live a healthy, productive, and happy life. Every day was a day closer to Isaiah going home and meeting his sisters.
After 107 days (15 weeks) in the NICU, Isaiah graduated. Isaiah went home free of oxygen, medication, and nasal feeding tube. Isaiah was the “biggest” baby to leave the NICU as a micro-preemie at 9lbs. We knew Isaiah had a journey ahead of him outside the NICU but we would conquer it as a family.
After Isaiah NICU stay we found out his whole in his heart was closing and he had a severe hearing loss. He had 4 doctors and 3 therapist to help him along his journey. Today, Isaiah is conquering life with a fight. On March 3, 2017 doctors reported Isaiah whole in his heart had closed. In April 2017 Isaiah had his 2nd set of tubes which ended in him no longer having a hearing loss. Isaiah may have a diagnosis of developmental delay but with the help of his therapist, family and care takers he is climbing the ladder as fast as he can to catch up.
We chose to share Isaiah story to help bring awareness and support of the awesome work of the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes works to decrease premature birth and other problems that threaten the babies. They help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. The March of Dimes also offers information and comfort to families. We humbly ask you to support the research that helped our baby boy, Isaiah.
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