Our Story: The Flebotte Family - The Springfield Ambassador Family
Springfield, MA, April 16, 2014
At 27 weeks of pregnancy with my first son, I started with symptoms of pre-eclampcia that later turned into HELLP. After two extended hospital stays, an ambulance ride to UMASS, and labor induction our son Benjamin was born at 29 weeks, 5 days weighing 2lbs 14 oz. We decided at two days old to transfer him closer to home and into Baystate NICU care, which in turn were overwhelmingly supportive, caring and wonderful.
Ben’s two-month long stay was a rollercoaster of obstacles and emotion, and after enduring much more than we ever thought this little man could, our “Baby Ben” was strong enough to come home weighing a whopping 5lbs. A now thriving, adventurous and best of all, healthy eight-year-old boy, he is your typical 2nd grader.
We began our March of Dimes’ journey in 2007, with family team “THE LITTLE MAN” in hopes of helping all those who helped us. Little did we know that four years later with the birth of our second son Joseph (Jo-Jo) at 33 weeks weighing 4lbs 4oz, we would be the ones needing that help, again. Though Joseph’s NICU stay was much shorter at two weeks, it wasn’t without its obstacles. So needless to say, in 2011, the name was changed to “THE LITTLE MEN”.
Without the March of Dimes and the generous donations of others, we would not have the healthy family we have today, and for that we are grateful.