My son was a December baby but by the time Christmas rolled around, we were already home from the hospital. I remember one night when my girls were trimming the tree and I was cradling my newborn son in my arms while Christmas music played in the background. High on hormones, I just started crying, OK, bawling, at the happiness and thankfulness I felt at having my boy in my arms, and in our family.
I can only imagine how emotional Onitria Simmons felt yesterday over having her new son, Neishem Jouan Smalls, at home for Christmas. Baby Neishem was born four months premature on September 12, weighing just 26 ounces. He was given a 50 percent chance of survival.
His mom is naturally overjoyed at Neishem’s progress:
“He was so small when he was born, I didn’t think he was going to survive. But this is the best Christmas by far. It’s extraordinary. It’s unreal. I never thought he’d be home before Christmas.”
The baby now weighs 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was given the green light to go home and finally meet his three older sisters. The girls were begging their mom to see their brother all this time.
“Lenox Hill gave me my Christmas present,” says Simmons. “My son is coming home.”
Sometimes Christmas stories just warm your heart; this one might possibly melt it.
Image: NY Daily News
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