After his premature birth in October, "Baby Bun" is finally ready to go home!
We first met little Kaleb Arkell's parents when Dana Griffin-Graves and her husband, Arkell Graves, shared a heartwarming video of Arkell learning that he was about to become a dad. After 17 years of trying, four miscarriages, and a stillborn birth, it's no wonder why the video of his precious reaction to his wife's "bun in the oven" announcement went viral.
A few weeks later, Griffin-Graves went into labor when she was only six months pregnant. Although doctors told Dana that she would die if she continued to carry the baby, she insisted on holding off on delivery until she was far enough along for her baby to have the best chance of survival possible. Kaleb was born 17 weeks early and weighed just 13 ounces.
"She refused to go on with the delivery until it was a time where they could actually take care of him in the neonatal intensive care unit," Arkell told People. "I'm going to tell you, just looking at my wife, it was the most selfless thing I have ever seen somebody do."
Now at 20 weeks old, the beautiful baby boy weighs almost six pounds, and his proud mother said that he has been a fighter since birth. "Day two they told me he was not going to make it through the night," Dana said. "They told me I should hold him and say my goodbyes. It was so heartbreaking."
Since his early arrival via emergency C-section, baby Kaleb has spent nearly 150 days in the NICU, where he has undergone surgery, had fluid drained from around his brain, and battled chronic lung disease. While the family doesn't have a specific release date for Kaleb to go home because of his breathing issues, they know that their stay at the hospital is hopefully coming to an end.
In the meantime, Kaleb is still growing stronger, and his dedicated parents split their days — Dad spends the mornings with him, while Mom reads to him for hours every evening after work. They realize that they still have a long road ahead but are encouraged by the thousands of prayers from their Facebook followers.
"It's just amazing to know that we have so many people in our corner, so many people that have gone through the same thing and it's just because of God's grace," Griffin-Graves said.