"Our Miracle Baby"
“Words cannot express how grateful we are to have our bundle of joy,” says new mom Courtney Stevenson. “After 65 days in the NICU, we were able to bring Nnash home. He just turned four months old, and he is such a healthy, happy little guy.”
The baby boy that Courtney and hubby Aaron loving call “our little peanut” came into the world 10 weeks too early, weighing just 3 pounds and 3 ounces. Today he has nearly quadrupled his weight, topping the scales at 12 pounds and 5 ounces.
“Nnash is quite the character, and kind of a momma’s boy,” says Courtney proudly. “We couldn’t be happier with our miracle baby.”
Courtney says the couple’s journey to parenthood began more than four years ago with a cascade of infertility issues and heartbreaks.
Ectopic pregnancies caused the loss of Courtney’s fallopian tubes. In vitro fertilization provided under the care of reproductive endocrinologist Meghan Oakes, MD, yielded precious embryos and new hope.
“It was on the last attempt with our final two embryos that we got Nnash,” Courtney says. “We knew from the start that he would be our one-and-only. He’s a miracle.”
Courtney’s pregnancy was closely monitored. At the OB appointment 30 weeks into her pregnancy, Courtney hoped to be told the sudden puffiness she felt was normal and would pass. The examination revealed an additional new symptom: soaring blood pressure.
Courtney was experiencing a complication of pregnancy that is life-threatening danger for mother and baby: preeclampsia.
“It was a total shock,” Courtney says. “I was immediately admitted.”
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist Andrew Robertston, MD, delivered little Nnash.
“I remember feeling so very lucky the first time I held Nnash in my arms,” Courtney says. “A huge thanks goes to Dr. Robertson for acting fast to keep both me and Nnash safe.”
Nnash spent the first two months of his life in the NICU, and Courtney says, ““Thank God there is a place like this for babies who come early! It is truly a blessing. The doctors and nurses in the NICU made this hard time so much easier, and they all have a special place in my heart.”
Courtney and Aaron, who spent many 12- and 13-hour days at Nnash’s bedside, say they grew close to the NICU staff and remain friends with several nurses.
"The doctors and nurses in the NICU made this hard time so much easier, and they all have a special place in my heart.”
Courtney says, “The nurses did a remarkable job by making us feel loved, keeping our minds at ease and taking care of our little one. And when we could not be there, we knew our baby was in good hands. We want to tell them, ‘Thanks for all you do. We love you all!’”
And what’s the inspiration for the unique spelling of Nnash’s name? The Stevensons say it’s all about family tradition and love. Like his dad, Aaron, and his grandpa Lloyd, little Nnash has been given a double-letter blessing from those who love him most.