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Baby Noah was born at 3 pounds, 12 ounces and is making steady progress, getting healthier, stronger, and bigger each day. Baby Noah was born at 3 pounds, 12 ounces and is making steady progress, getting healthier, stronger, and bigger each day.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Darin and Amanda Proszek were only supposed to be in Coeur d'Alene for one weekend while Darin competed in the Ironman triathlon.

But, far away from their home in Phoenix, they have to stay in the Inland Northwest for a lot longer because in the middle of their vacation, Amanda went into labor and gave birth to their son.

"A day and a half before the race, I went into pre-term labor and we ended up delivering our son at 30 weeks."

Baby Noah was born at 3 pounds, 12 ounces and is making steady progress, getting healthier, stronger, and bigger each day. But, doctors at Deaconess told Darin and Amanda they had to stay in Spokane at least until Noah's original due date, August 31.

They considered staying at a hotel this entire time, but instead got a spot at Spokane's Ronald McDonald House after a few weeks on the waitlist. They said they feel humble and blessed to be there.

"I've never been on this side of the coin, to have people reach out...and let you live in a place for three months, when you're going through the worst thing in life," explained Amanda. "It's invaluable, how this community has supported us. We feel fortunate...it's kind of fallen into place, and we take it one day at a time and have the ability to just focus on our baby. We found a home at the Ronald McDonald House."

After Noah was safely at Deaconess Hospital, with the encouragement of Amanda and many nurses, Darin did compete in Ironman on four hours of sleep. He finished the race in 14 hours.

"The race gave me time to decompress," he explained. "A lot happened to us in a short period of time - now I'm a dad. I was planning on being an Ironman, and now I'm a dad and an Ironman all at one time."

 

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