Precious Preemie Surpasses Expectations - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Precious Preemie Surpasses Expectations

Posted: Updated:
Specialist Stanlee Jones Holds Daughter Isla Specialist Stanlee Jones Holds Daughter Isla

 (KCEN) -- There's no doubt she's feisty. Making her big debut ten weeks early and weighing in at a whopping two pounds, Isla Faye Jones keeps surpassing all expectations.

"She is a diva for sure," her mom Erica laughed. "She really doesn't want to be messed with, and she was ready to go home."

Isla's story begins much earlier than her arrival on May 24th. For five years Erica and her husband, Specialist Stanlee Jones, tried to have a baby. They kept hitting a wall with complication after complication. Erica decided to have weight loss surgery, and lost 130 pounds. It wasn't long after, they were on their way to parenthood. The two couldn't wait... and neither could Isla.

During her pregnancy, doctors told Erica it was unlikely she would hold to full term. Isla was on her own schedule. That August 2nd due date wasn't cutting it, and she decided to come early on May 24th. She was immediately rushed into Darnall's NICU and hooked up to machines and tubes.

"I just just had to put all my faith in them, and trust that the nurses knew what they were doing," Erica said.

Each day it became harder to leave little Isla at the hospital. Doctors told them she probably wouldn't be able to come home until August, when she was originally due.

But one by one, those tubes started to vanish. And ounce by ounce Isla started to gain weight. Again, Ms. Feisty was on her own schedule and decided August was taking too long. To their surprise, Erica and Stanlee were able to take their baby girl, now four pounds, home on July 2nd - a full month early.

"Oh we were beyond words. We can't explain how excited we were," she said. "She's here in real life, and it still feels like a dream."

Isla has doubled her weight, grown one inch, and just keeps getting bigger and feistier. She might have trouble learning patience, but being a princess won't be a problem. "Oh she's going to be spoiled, 100%," Erica laughed.

Besides giving Isla iron and vitamin D for growth, Erica says she is perfectly healthy.


  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Ft. Hood Soldiers Help Finish Little Boy's 'Make a Wish'

    Ft. Hood Soldiers Help Finish Little Boy's 'Make a Wish'

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:01:18 GMT
    Ft. Hood soldiers help finish Antonio's greenhouseFt. Hood soldiers help finish Antonio's greenhouse
    (KCEN) – Even the toughest of soldiers cry once in a while, and get misty eyed when emotions get the best of them. Friday was one of those times. Around 10a.m. about 30 soldiers made their way to the Laguna’s home in Kempner, TX. Their mission: helping Make a Wish put the final touches on a little boy’s dream. “It’s what we do,” Sergeant Paulus Smallwood said. “If someone needs help we will go out and help them.” But it wasn’t just anyone. They were helping a fellow brother, Frank Laguna, wh...More >>
    (KCEN) – Even the toughest of soldiers cry once in a while, and get misty eyed when emotions get the best of them. Friday was one of those times. Around 10a.m. about 30 soldiers made their way to the Laguna’s home in Kempner, TX. Their mission: helping Make a Wish put the final touches on a little boy’s dream. “It’s what we do,” Sergeant Paulus Smallwood said. “If someone needs help we will go out and help them.” But it wasn’t just anyone. They were helping a fellow brother, Frank Laguna, wh...More >>
  • Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange Cleared in Lawsuit

    Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange Cleared in Lawsuit

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:21:52 GMT
    (BELL COUNTY) -- A judge ruled in favor of Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange in a lawsuit that claimed he violated the first amendment rights of two of his deputies.The suit was filled in 2013 by former Bell Co. Sheriff's Deputies Charles Grogan and Mary Farley.In the lawsuit, they claimed Sheriff Lange demoted them because they supported his political opponent in the republican primary.KCEN-HD's Emily Collins obtained the lawsuit Friday afternoon. We will continue to update this story.More >>
    (BELL COUNTY) -- A judge ruled in favor of Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange in a lawsuit that claimed he violated the first amendment rights of two of his deputies.The suit was filled in 2013 by former Bell Co. Sheriff's Deputies Charles Grogan and Mary Farley.In the lawsuit, they claimed Sheriff Lange demoted them because they supported his political opponent in the republican primary.KCEN-HD's Emily Collins obtained the lawsuit Friday afternoon. We will continue to update this story.More >>
  • Fill 100 water balloons in a minute

    Fill 100 water balloons in a minute

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:52:07 GMT
    (CNN)A dad invented a hose attachment that can fill and tie 37 water balloons at once.More >>
    (CNN)A dad invented a hose attachment that can fill and tie 37 water balloons at once.More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.