Hi, we are the Grondalski Family! We are raising money to fight for the health of all moms and babies in honor of our youngest son, Tyler. During the summer of 2019, we were thrilled to find out that we were pregnant with our second child, another little boy, due in March 2020. One day in early December, I started feeling contractions at work, so I called the doctor. They discovered I was in preterm labor and we were hoping to stop it, but after doing an amnio, it was determined that that I had an infection in my uterus and so would have to be induced. We were told that our son would have a 50% chance of survival being born this early. Our son Tyler was born at 24 weeks and 1 day on December 11th, weighing just 1 lb 10 oz. Tyler had to be intubated for 49 days and underwent a multitude of breathing therapies to help strengthen his lungs, which were underdeveloped due to his prematurity. He received surfactant therapy shortly after birth and had a few rounds of steroids to strengthen his lungs as well. We had been in the NICU for quite some time already, when COVID-19 hit. Every day I would worry that if this situation got worse, they would eventually say no visitors at all, including parents. That would have been devastating for my husband Chris and me, since we visited Tyler every day. I felt that us being there was an essential part of his care. During our stay in the NICU, I participated in all of the March of Dimes activities and classes for parents. I really enjoyed all of the activities and appreciated the resources and information they gave the families- it really helped us through our NICU journey as a family and made the experience special while Tyler grew strong enough to come home with us. On the day Tyler was born, Santa was visiting the NICU as part of the NICU Family Support Program at Franklin Square Hospital and we were able to get photos of him standing next to Tyler in his isolette. Another big milestone was when his big brother Colton got to meet him on Christmas Eve. We celebrated Tyler’s 100th day in the NICU and then a few weeks later we celebrated Tyler’s actual due date, March 31st, 2020. Every day Tyler got stronger and we celebrated every pound he gained. We were finally able to bring Tyler home for the first time on May 1st, 2020. Today Tyler is a happy and healthy 9 month old. He is still on a few medications due to his prematurity, but he continues to be weaned off of them. We are honored to be the 2020 Ambassador Family for Signature Chefs: Feeding Motherhood and to share Tyler’s NICU journey. We are so grateful for the March of Dimes NICU Family Support program and for all it had to offer families navigating the NICU, especially during a pandemic. We invite you to join us in celebrating Tyler's journey by making a donation in his honor to the March of Dimes. Thank you so much for your support!
Stacy, Chris, Colton and Tyler