Grant Hollis, V (G5 as he is lovingly called) was born June 23, 2018 at 26 weeks. Before birth, his pregnancy had been typical but my body was just ready to go in to labor too early! He was 2lb 1 oz and did well for the first 2 weeks of life. That’s when that NICU rollercoaster started.
Grant spent his NICU journey traveling back and forth between our home NICU in Rome, GA and Atlanta. After dealing with a lot of typical premature baby issues in the NICU for 135 days, Grant finally got to come home with mom, dad, supplemental oxygen and a monitor. He has suffered from adrenal insufficiency of prematurity, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, dystonia, retinopathy of prematurity, inguinal hernias from prematurity, and auditory neuropathy. From early on after coming home, we knew things would be different for Grant. At Grant’s second birthday he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This is a blanket diagnosis that has different causes. In our situations his doctors have not discovered the cause of his difficulties but they do not feel it was his prematurity.
Grant is the happiest boy you will ever meet. Although he is non-verbal, he spreads joy effortlessly to all those around him. He’s recently became a big brother and we look forward to traveling the world with these boys and spread Grant’s joy!