6-Year-Old Has Skin-To-Contact With The Baby Brother He Wanted For Years

"It’s as if the two of them were destined to be each other’s brother."

For many kids, getting a new sibling is a dream come true. For, 6-year-old Mikey Marotta, it was something he'd wanted for "as long as he could speak words," according to his mom, Jessica Marotta, who wrote about her son in a Love What Matters blog

Marotta and her husband, Michael, wanted to have another child and started trying when Mikey was 3 years old, but they struggled to conceive. 

"[Mikey] was always asking, 'When am I going to get my baby brother?' [We'd say] it's really hard to get you a baby brother. So we'd just say, 'When it's time,'" the mom from Melrose, Mass. told People. "He just wanted to be a brother so badly and he would see … all his friends and schoolmates getting brothers, so I think that was hard for him. But he really stuck it out."

In January 2017, the family experienced a miscarriage when Marotta was 11 weeks pregnant.  She and her husband opted not to tell Mikey because they didn't want to break his heart. 

Eight months later, however, the couple found out they were expecting again. Since there were concerns about miscarrying again, they waited 12 weeks before breaking the happy news to Mikey. 

"When Mikey found out, he teared up and was very happy," Marotta told TODAY. What was interesting was that he wasn't surprised or overly thrilled when he found out the new baby was a boy. 


"Obviously I am having a baby brother; it's what I asked for," he said.

Mikey was thrilled that a new addition was joining the family, and was already planning what life would be like when his baby brother, who would be named Jake, arrived. 

Jake ended up being born nine weeks premature, however, and had to spend 62 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). He had intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), "a condition where the unborn baby is smaller than it should be because it is not growing at a normal rate inside the womb." 

Courtesy of Jessica Marotta
Courtesy of Jessica Marotta

The first time Mikey saw his brother, it was love at first sight. "He has red hair just like me!" he said, according to his mom. 

Courtesy of Jessica Marotta
Courtesy of Jessica Marotta

According to Fox8, Marotta and her husband explained the details of Jake's condition to Mikey and outlined the purpose of every tube and wire he was hooked up to. They also highlighted the benefit of skin-to-skin contact with newborns.

After explaining the benefits of skin-to-skin contact to Mikey, they let him hold his new brother at 10 days old. 

Courtesy of Jessica Marotta
Courtesy of Jessica Marotta

Marotta shared a heartwarming photo of Mikey engaging in skin-to-skin contact with Jake.

The look of content on his face captures all of the love and joy after waiting for years to have a baby brother.

"My husband and I wish Jake looked at us the way he looks at Mikey," Marotta wrote on Instagram.

"It's as if the two of them were destined to be each other's brother. I feel honored to witness their love."

Courtesy of Jessica Marotta
Courtesy of Jessica Marotta

Jake is now out of the hospital and both brothers start their mornings by snuggling together. 

Marotta told A Plus that Jake is doing very well. "He will be 5 months on August 6, but will only be just under 3 months adjusted age (the age he would be from his actual due date). He is small but feisty! [He's] not yet 9 lbs." 

Courtesy of Jessica Marotta
Courtesy of Jessica Marotta

Marotta explained that she hopes those reading her story realize they don't need to suffer in silence with pregnancy loss and/or miscarriage.

"Women should seek and welcome support and not suffer in silence when they have a miscarriage."

"We live by this 'don't tell until you're out of the first trimester' mentality but it's terrible. Since I shared my story, I have had so many co-workers telling me they wish they could have been more supportive when we had the miscarriage or were struggling with Jake's pregnancy." 

(H/T: Today)

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