Thursday, November 17, 2016

World Prematurity Day

November 17th, World Prematurity Day. It's another one of those random holidays that doesn't mean a whole lot. Until it does...

I've always been aware that some babies are born way too early. I always knew that could be a little scary for the families involved. I just never truly understood. I don't think anyone can really understand what it's like to have a baby come earlier than expected, to have a baby in the NICU, until it happens to you (or someone close to you).

Today symbolizes a day of hope, fear, love, loss, and miracles for so many people. We waited 14+ years for our two little miracles.  There was a point in time that we thought we'd never get to be parents. We knew what it was like to get our hopes up, only to experience loss through miscarriage. Our story has a happy ending, but there are many who don't get that same happy ending. Did you know that 1 in 10 babies are born too soon? Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death in children under 5 years old. Today is a day to bring awareness to prematurity and to honor all the babies born too soon.

Preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks gestation. Rylee and Ayden were born at 33w2d, almost 7 weeks early. They were amazing weights for being so early. Rylee weighed 4 lbs, 10 oz and was 16.5 inches long. Ayden weighed 5 lbs, 4 oz and was 18.75 inches long. They spent 19 days in the NICU learning how to keep their body temperatures up, and how to suck, swallow, breath so that they could eat on their own. As hard as those first few weeks were, I feel incredibly lucky and blessed. Our NICU stay was relatively short and uneventful compared to others.

I'm so proud of how far my babies have come. They are no longer our tiny little preemie babies. Now they are funny, adventurous, opinionated, busy little almost three year olds! As much as they sometimes make me want to pull my hair out, I can't help but feel extremely blessed.


  1. Wow I forget how small they were!! So glad that they are thriving today :)

  2. This whole family has been extremely blessed by your 2 miracles!!! They are so precious and have come so far after being prayed for for so many years!!! Bethany was in NICU for 15 days and I was there for 13 of those days and what a blessing those nurses are but what a miracle when you get to take your little one home!!! And these are short stays as a set of twins had been there for 2 months and wasn't near ready to go home but doing well and I am sure that they made it home to Germany in due time. Love and hugs, Auntie

  3. I often forget that they were premies!

  4. I too forget that they were soooo little and at only 33 weeks! I know I read it when you had them, but I had never been pregnant then, so I don't think I realized how scary and how early 33 weeks really is.