Nicholaus Logan McCulloch was 1225 grams when he was born and will remain in his humidicrib in Brisbane until he has gained another 400 grams.
Nicholaus Logan McCulloch was 1225 grams when he was born and will remain in his humidicrib in Brisbane until he has gained another 400 grams. Contributed

Tiny baby a 'little fighter'

READY and wanting to enter the world on his own terms, Nicholaus Logan McCulloch was born eight weeks early by emergency caesarean at only 32 weeks gestation.

Weighing 1225 grams, which is the size of a 26-week-old fetus, and only just longer than a normal ruler at 39cm Nicholaus was born at 10.34am last Saturday.

First-time mum Erin Andrews said Nicholaus' arrival at the Warwick Hospital was one for the books.

"The doctors told us that it was a record for a baby that size to be born in the hospital," Miss Andrews said.

"They did not have enough time to get me to Brisbane so he was delivered in Warwick and then we moved and this is where we will stay until he is ready.

"We knew he was going to be a boy but only had a few things ready because we thought we were going to have more time.

"I woke up with contractions thinking they were Braxton Hicks contractions but when we got to the hospital they said it wasn't a false alarm and he was coming now.

Miss Andrews said Scott and herself were very proud of their little fighter.

"He is already breathing on his own which is more than anyone thought he would be doing at this stage," she said.

"He will be in the humidicrib until he reaches 1.6kg and will then be transferred to Toowoomba Hospital for a few weeks.

"He will be in Warwick for a week or so after that too."

First time dad Scott McCulloch said Nicholaus was coping amazingly.

"He is going to be a champion because he is fighting so hard already," Mr McCulloch said.

Both parents agree that their tiny little boy already looks like his father.

"He already has features that are the same as mine," he said.

"He has exactly the same lips as his dad and he already enjoys sleeping on his stomach," Miss Andrews added.

"He has dark brown hair and big brown eyes as well."


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