By Kathy Walsh

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4)– A family from Massachusetts came to Colorado for vacation in July. But some family members haven’t been able to leave. That’s because the mother of three became a mother of four, 7 weeks early.

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Mom and baby have been at North Suburban Medical Center even since. Jennifer Vessey is thankful for the kindness and the care she’s gotten here in Colorado.

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“He’s a little rock star, he’s doing really good,” Jennifer told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.

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Jennifer happily bragged about her tiny baby. Garrett Thomas Anderson is working on eating and gaining weight. He had a “rocky” Rocky Mountain start.

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“We came on vacation,” explained Jennifer.

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Pregnant Jennifer, her husband, David, and their three children traveled from Massachusetts to Estes Park.

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While visiting relatives in Thornton on July 23, Jennifer thought her water broke.

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“And when I looked down it was blood,” she said.

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She was rushed to North Suburban Medical Center. Garrett was delivered by C-section. He was 4 pounds, 5 ounces. He was 7 weeks early and surrounded by strangers.

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“That was really scary,” said Jennifer.

This mom is from Massachusetts.

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“It takes a lot for people back east to warm up to you,” she explained.

She was quick to learn, not so in Colorado.

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“Everybody’s so caring. It’s almost like everyone’s family,” she said.

The NICU team at North Suburban has embraced the Andersons.

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Lorri Smith, Nurse Leader of Women Services, threw a party so Jennifer could celebrate her son Gunner’s 1st birthday before he had to fly home.

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“No mom should miss their baby’s first birthday,” Smith said with a laugh.

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Jennifer hopes to take baby Garrett back east at the end of August. He’ll live in Patriot’s country, but he’ll keep a Colorado connection.

“He’s a Broncos fan,” said Jennifer, “That’s how it’s going to be.”

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This family is all split up. Jennifer, her two oldest children and Garrett are in Colorado. Her husband and 1-year-old are back east.

They have expenses they never dreamed of so they have set up a GoFundMe.

Kathy Walsh is CBS4’s Weekend Anchor and Health Specialist. She has been with CBS4 since 1984. She is always open to story ideas. Follow Kathy on Twitter @WalshCBS4.

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