Dominic Martin Hernandez was born October 15, 2017 at 5:22am 2 lbs 7 oz and 15 inches long. His estimated due date was January 10, 2018. My little peanut was becoming anxious and decided to be 3 months premature.
I am still not exactly sure what I may or may not have done for this to happen, even if doctors have assured me I did nothing wrong and sometimes it just happens, but to see your child struggle while being so tiny is one of the most hardest and terrifying things to face. I am also a first time mother and never expected this to happen. What new mother does? It also brings back many flashbacks of what my mother went through before she passed away almost 4 years ago with feeding tubes, being on a ventilator, and just looking uncomfortable all the time.
Luckily, my little monster is at one of the best hospitals in Chicago so I know he’s going to be just fine, he just needs some extra time to develop and become stronger.
Now here is the tricky part. I live about an hour + away from where he will be for the next 3 months and with winter coming the commute will not only be difficult but also dangerous. Chicago winters are extremely brutal and extremely cold (for those of you who don’t know anything about the winter months). The hospital offers temporary housing units just two blocks away from the hospital which I actually got accepted into and can move in starting November 6, 2017. The only problem is I have been out of job since October 10, 2017 and was hospitalized a week prior to delivery. Now that I started maternity leave I will have 0 income for the next 12 weeks and will make it difficult to not only afford food and bills but not being able to afford the housing unit to be with my son every day that he is away.
If you knew me you would know I am the type of person to NEVER ask for help and just suffered through whatever was happening. Now that I’m a mother, that has changed. I need to be here for my son and help any way I possibly can to make sure he grows to be healthy and strong so he can come home and be with his family. I already spent two days away from him while I gave myself time to recover from a c-section but now with other scary situations that arise with premature babies, it’s more apparent I need to be here.
I am not asking for much and am definitely not asking because I want to, but this time I feel like I need to. I understand times are rough and I understand every day is a struggle for some. However, any and all donations are welcome, even if I don’t meet my goal. You are just helping a mother be with her son and every child needs their mother.
If there are any extra donations , that will go towards his medical bills and anything else he may need in this long hospital stay.
I appreciate your time for reading and if you can’t donate then please keep my little peanut in your thoughts and prayers and share this with as many people as possible.
I thank you all in advance. It truly means the world to us.
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