“We are lucky she is a fighter.”
While in the NICU, she slept in an incubator designed to keep her body temperature at a normal level. Because of the delicacy of Esther’s condition, Hannah couldn’t hold her until six days after the delivery and had limited physical contact with Esther to avoid overstimulation. “This was my first pregnancy, and I had this idea of what it was going to be like, and one thing I was always looking forward to was that first moment after they deliver and clean the baby up and you get to put the baby on your chest. I had always looked forward to that. I didn’t get that in the same way, but it was still just as cool,” Hannah says.
Since leaving the NICU, Esther’s weight has quadrupled, and she prefers interacting with people rather than playing with toys. “We are very lucky that she is a fighter. She is starting to do the baby talk, laughing and smiling. It is definitely amazing to see where she is now,” she says.