By Katy Gill
This sassy premie baby palms off his mum’s affections despite being born at just five months.
Weighing in at just 1lbs 13oz, Fontaine Dickey was wrapped up in a blanket so mum Jenny Sanchez and dad RaSean Dickey, both 33, could spend some quality skin to skin time with him.
As the 33-year-old reaches in to pat her tiny son with her index finger, the 33-day-old baby raises up his miniscule hand and pushes her away.
Jenny had given birth to Fontaine at just 23 weeks, and the premature baby was cared for in the NICU at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, USA
Jenny, from Denver, said: “We were talking to him like we usually do, I went to grab his hand because he loves to hold my finger tightly, but not that day.
“He was showing off in front of daddy and brushed my hand away.
“Fonatine was getting his daily dose of mommy and daddy time.
“It was very important we visited him every day but also held him.”
Jenny was 23 weeks pregnant when she went to the hospital complaining of stomach cramps but within seconds of a doctor’s examination she was told she was dilated to 3cm.
As soon as RaSean and her parents arrived at the hospital, they were told a baby born that early would have no chance at survival.
If they did choose to save Fontaine, it was most likely he would be born blind, deaf and with extreme disabilities.
Jenny said: “I completely lost it.
“I couldn’t fight my tears they had to hold me down I felt like I was coming out of my skin I was uncontrollable.
“The previous year I was in surgery because we had lost twins at 4 months.”
Jenny’s waters broke that same day, but it wasn’t until after more than eight days bad rest, that Fontaine was finally born.
After just 15 minutes of labour, he was born with his eyes open and cried but within seconds he was having to be resuscitated.
Jenny said: “They called out Code Blue and about six doctors busted in trying to save his lifeless body.
“He was not breathing for a little less than a minute.
“They used 1 finger to pump his chest.”
Fontaine had a level 3 brain bleed and grey specs on both side of his brain meaning he stayed in hospital for four months.
He underwent heart surgery, four blood transfusion and weekly eye exams in that time.
Jenny said: “My poor baby had so many IVs poked in him there was even times they had to use veins on his head.
““They said only time will tell how this will affect him.
“When we left the hospital his vision was perfect, he could hear in both ears, and his brain bleed self-resolved.
“I just keep asking ‘how did we get so lucky’
“The doctor’s exact words when we left were ‘we haven’t had a NICU rockstar in a long time, Fontaine is a fighter’.”
Jenny says looking after Fontaine takes patience, especially as he has digestion and sleeping issues.
She said: “I decided I was going to live and love my baby in whatever way he is and no matter how long I had him.
“I was a mommy and my baby was alive so I had every reason to celebrate and be thankful and happy.
“I left all negative and sad thoughts outside the room when I visited.
“I had to remind myself this baby feels what I feel so I wanted him to feel nothing but love and calmness when I held him.
“If I had bad news that day or not feeling positive I would hold his hand and not hold him.
“He knew he was loved, he knew mommy was always there and he knew I was ready and waiting for him.”