Part 2: Pratt Family Baby Story, Where They Are Now

By KBJR News 1

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2011 at 10:44 PM CDT

CLOQUET, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Like many young couples, the Pratt's in Cloquet were excited to start a family.

With a high-risk pregnancy, and the miscarriage of one of their triplets, the remaining twin babies they were expecting were born more than two months early.

Just reaching 30 weeks before entering the world had been a milestone for babies Peyton and Parker, but their parents were still far from relieved.

"They were in the incubators for about the majority of the 31 days," said Jill Meyer-Pratt.

Both babies had a heart murmur and Parker developed a staff infection.

"Not being able to have them at home was really, really hard," said Jill.
"We never wanted to go home, we stayed as late as we could," said James Pratt.

James and Jill say they felt helpless watching the nurses.

"Feeding them, I mean, the feeding tubes, not necessarily being able to hold them when you wanted to," said Jill.

"Everybody kept saying, it's just not supposed to be like this," said James.

"When they would stop breathing, you would just," started Jill.

"You would rub their back," said James, finishing her sentence.

The sound of monitors and alarms haunted them most.

"Like all the bells and the whistles," said Jill.

After a long 31 days, the baby boys were released from the hospital - sleepless nights followed.

"Just knowing that your child is on a monitor, and it goes off and you're jumping up in the middle of the night," said Jill.

At home, normalcy began, with the exception of two surgeries for Parker.

"We were taking them places when they were a little over a year old that they would never even remember," said Jill.

Now two and a half years old, both boys have clean bill of health.

"They are the most energetic, happy boys," said Jill.

"Polite," added James.

"We take a positive outlook on everything that happens during the day because technically, they could have not even have been here," said Jill.

"We have two little miracles and we can't ask for anything more, " said James.

"Every, every single second, every emotion, it was worth it," said Jill.

After their experience, the Pratt family has become ambassadors for the March of Dimes.

If you're interested in giving to the March of Dimes, the organization's Signature Chef's Auction is Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Northland Country Club.

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