CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “They have a baby that’s an underdog and we have a sports team that’s an underdog and then they boom, they straighten up,” Kaitlyn Weidamoyer said.
Earlier this year, Weidamoyer and her husband were preparing for their third and final child. However, Emilia came early at just 29 weeks and one day.
“She weighed two pounds three ounces at birth,” Weidamoyer said. “And she actually had a stage three cerebral hemorrhage and she’s dependent on oxygen.”
The newborn has been in the NICU at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery for six weeks. Only Weidamoyer and her husband can visit her.
“You get to a point where you know there’s nothing you can really do for your child at that point and you’re just sitting in a room by yourself,” she said. “It helped us watch the Phillies win.”
Weidamoyer recalls watching Phillies postseason games on her phone and even setting the device up for Emilia to watch. The night the team won the NLCS, she exclaimed, “Phillie Millie!” in excitement. The name stuck.
“The nurses provided a little baseball blanket, which I thought was very sweet of them,” she said. “And one of the nurses had her sister make a little Phillies onesie for Millie.”
Phillie Millie was fully decked out in baseball gear and ready to fight alongside the Fightins.
“She kept gaining weight and then we kept winning,” said Weidamoyer. “Her oxygen got better. It regulates your body temperature. And indeed, her cerebral hemorrhage is starting to go away on its own.”
While the family hopes for a parade on Broad Street, what they look forward to most is the day Millie comes home. Hopefully that will be the case by the end of November.
“I can’t wait for our family to be complete and complete together,” Weidamoyer said. “And you know, you have her with her big brother and big sister.”
Once that day comes, the family will be united in Phillies fandom for life.
“You know, the heartbreak, the happiness, everything, when you watch these sports teams, they get you through tough times,” Weidamoyer said. “So it’s more than a sport. It’s almost like a family.”
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