BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Looking at him, you would almost not be able to tell there was anything wrong with 3-month-old, Brayden Palmere. With the exception of him being on oxygen, Brayden is a healthy baby, but to get to this point has been quite the feat.
He was born 14 weeks early. His original due date was Dec. 15. At his birth, he only weighed 1.5 lbs. He could fit in the palm of his dad’s hand.
“We didn’t hold him for, what was it? Nine days? It was nine days,” Amanda Palmere, Brayden’s mom, said. “All you could do was touch him through a hole in a box.”
To even get to Brayden’s birth was a difficult journey. Amanda and Kelly, Brayden’s father, struggled with fertility. Amanda once was able to conceive, but that ended in a miscarriage. Shortly after Brayden was conceived, everything looked healthy.
That is until he was born.
“He actually did pretty well,” Amanda said. “I mean, they put him on oxygen. He never had to be on a ventilator or anything like that. It was just, a lot of blood transfusions, billirubin, blue light. He had the billirubin and they had to put him under the blue light. He had a lot of that. He was under the blue light for like five days.”
Billirubin is a form of neonatal jaundice that’s common with premature babies.
As the days and weeks went by, Brayden grew stronger, but he remained in the NICU and his family stayed in limbo. They lived out of a hotel for 11 weeks, staying with their son for as long as possible.
After all that time, Brayden finally got to go home Thursday, Dec. 12.
"That's all we wanted honestly," Amanda said. "It looked like there for a while it wasn't going to happen and so he finally got his act together and that's all we wanted for Christmas."
“We just wanted to bring him home,” Kelly said.