abc
QUICK LINKS:

First Baby Born in 2014 Finally Goes Home From Hospital

Updated: 02/26/2014 5:12 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 4:04 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

Little Lillyana Thomas holds the title as the Twin Ports' first baby of 2014, but she spent the first months of her reign and life in the Essentia Health St. Mary's NICU.

Wednesday, Steve and Blythe Thomas finally took their baby girl home to Cloquet for the first time.

Lillyana may have the tiniest little hands and feet you will ever see, but she has more than doubled in size since she was born just hours into the new year.

"She was born at 1 pound, 14 ounces," said Blythe.

She was just about the size of a dollar bill. Now, Lillyana is 8 weeks old and weighs 4 pounds, 7 ounces.

But Blythe explains, if Lillyana had gone full-term, she'd still be pregnant. Lillyana's due date was March 20. She arrived 11 weeks early.

Steve and Blythe have had a little training in how to handle their teeny, tiny little girl.

"She should still be in the womb, so you should do stuff as if she is still in the womb," explained Steve. "So swaddling her most of the time, holding her feet together, holding her hands together."

This was Blythe's first pregnancy. She had Preeclampsia, a condition that is marked by high blood pressure. If the mother's blood pressure spikes too much it can cause complications.

"And that's essentially what happened and they said well, we should probably take her so both of you would be okay," said Blythe.

Doctors delivered Lillyana via C-section. For the first week, she was so small, she couldn't even be held.

"It was very difficult when I held her the first time. I cried pretty much the whole time," said Blythe.

Lillyana may have been small but, miraculously, healthy. Steve said all of Lillyana's tests and blood work look good, and her development looks good, too.

Blythe said her personality and fighting spirit was clear right away.

"Because she came so early and she came out fighting and she came out without any issues or problems," she said.

And after eight weeks in the hospital, the pint-sized bundle of joy is finally home.

Front Page

  • E-Cigarette Business Booming as FDA Proposes New Regulations

    Regulating the sale and use of electronic cigarettes is the goal of new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday. If approved, e-cigarette sales would be banned to people under age 18, a warning label would be placed on the devices, and manufacturers would be required to tell the FDA what's in their products.

  • Cancellations & Closures

    We've received a few event cancellations due to the snow.  To have your event added to the list, email news@wdio.com.

  • Gregory Arthur Thurston Man Missing in Itasca Co.

    Itasca County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in finding a missing man, Gregory Arthur Thurston.  The 51-year-old man was last seen around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday on foot in rural Bigfork near County Road 52.

  • Dining Out for Life in Duluth

    Eating at one of a half-dozen Duluth restaurants today can help Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS.  The "Dining Out for Life" event raises money for the Aliveness Project.

  • Monument to Honor Former POWs and David Wheat

    There's an effort underway to build a monument to honor all POWs from the Northland, including Commander David Wheat, of Duluth.

 

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis
Expires: 4/25/2014 12:00 AM

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Central St. Louis; Koochiching; North St. Louis; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 4/25/2014 7:00 AM

Winter Storm Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Southern Cook, North Shore
Expires: 4/25/2014 12:00 PM

Flood Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Aitkin; Crow Wing
Expires: 3/31/2014 7:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement