With hands and feet just bigger than a penny, baby Brielle Alexandra Taylor is the smallest addition to the Rapid City Regional Hospital's maternity ward.
At 1 pound 9 ounces, Brielle is one of the smallest babies born at the hospital. "She was supposed to be born December 18 and she was born September 1," said Nirelle Taylor, the mother.
Only 24 and half weeks pregnant, Taylor was not ready to go into labor. "It was just really scary because I was hanging out with my friend and out of nowhere, you feel your water break," said Taylor.
Baby Bri wear diapers half the size of normal newborns, and now it's all about keeping her stable. "Making sure her oxygen levels are okay, that she's breathing okay, her skin - I can't remember what it's called - they have a special light on her to make sure her skin stays okay," said Taylor.
New moms just want to hold their babies, but Taylor can't. Baby Bri, or Jellybean, has to stay inside the incubator."I can stick my hands into the incubator and hold her hand. I'm not supposed to rub because her skin is so thin," said Taylor.
Taylor says hopefully soon she'll be able to hold her child, but it will be three to four months before Brielle can go home. Taylor visits three times a day, but leaving isn't easy. "The first day when I was leaving here, it was the hardest day because I don't want to leave her at all, so many what ifs were popping in my head," said Taylor.
This experience has had an affect on the entire Taylor family. "It taught me more about life and how to appreciate it," said Lake Taylor, baby Brielle's uncle.
Taylor says nurses are now starting to try and feed baby Brielle breast milk.