Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fight For Preemies


Can you believe Halloween is just days away? With November fast approaching, I'm reminded of a really crazy, scary TERRIFYING, yet happy time of my life. November is the month when Little One canon-balled her way into our lives. Many of you read as we posted updates (in hopes that she'd hang in there a little longer).

Though I was on strict bed rest five weeks, she still came early. At 28 weeks gestation, our little preemie weighed 980 grams (a little less than 2 lbs, 3 oz). I've documented our life in the NICU here and shared our roller coaster ride, which I dubbed "our new sense of normal".

The one thing that shocked me was just how many tiny preemies were in the NICU with Little One. The rate of premature births has risen. In some cases, a reason for premature birth just was not discovered or was discovered too late. "While medical advances give some babies a chance of survival, for many babies premature birth is a life-or-death condition. Babies who survive can face serious health challenges and risk lifelong disabilities." (Quoted from here)


Little One will be 2  years old on November 11th. Though she has had no major medical setbacks, we still count our blessings every single day. How fitting that November 17th is the day dedicated to raising awareness of premature births?  Join the collective effort in raising awareness of premature births by checking out Bloggers Unite - Fight for Preemies and The March of Dimes - Prematurity.

I'll be blogging for preemies on November 17th. If you  have a special preemie in your life, I hope you will be blogging too.

4 comments:

Kat said...

Glad to hear your little one is doing great even with an early start! :)

C said...

Kat:
Thank you! :) The only thing she had was pneumonia! Keeping fingers crossed that she stays healthy this winter!! :)

MoDLin said...

So glad your little one is doing well. Thank you for mentioning Bloggers Unite and the importance of fighting for preemies! It is so important to spread the word.

C said...

MoDLin:
Thank you :) It's become a mission of mine to spread the word :) I'll be blogging about Fight For Preemies and Bloggers Unite on November 17th too!

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