Our Miracle Baby

Eli Navratil 1The Ronald McDonald House was a godsend!

I had my son Eli 12 weeks early and I wound up staying at the House from February 13th until May 9th. It was my home for 3 months.

While I was living there during the week, I went to the hospital for most of the day and a good part of the night sometimes. It was a safe comfortable place to stay. There was a kitchen, laundry room, playroom, and many wonderful staff, volunteers, and other families. I became close with 6 other NICU moms. I got to see my 10 year old daughter and 4 year old son on weekends while they weren’t in school back home.

Three months is a LONG time to be two hours away from your family. RMH made it bearable while I was alone and wonderful when my family came on weekends. Eli was born weighing 3 lbs 3 oz. He had oxygen off and on for three months, he was under lights for a week or so to help jaundice, he had an inguinal hernia repair surgery while we were there as well. None of these things would have been an option back home at Mercy in Mason City.

Eli was a little fighter! He is crawling, sitting up, walking along furniture, eating big boy foods, and saying Mama, Dada, baba, and Grandpa. He is our little miracle baby.

Julie Navratil