Happy World Prematurity Day!

So today is World Prematurity Awareness Day.
I don’t have a craft four you today, but in honor of today I’d like to share something about my daughter, who was -you guessed it- a preemie.

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My daughter was born two months premature (at 32 weeks gestation.) I had a 45 minute labor and she was here! With her head in my palm, her feet didn’t reach my elbows!

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She weight 3lbs. 15.18 oz. The first time I fed her was with a syringe, through a feeding tube. She was in the NICU for a month and a half and when she came home she was barely larger than a baby doll.

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She is now four years old, in Pre-K. She’s very smart and creative.

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For more info on preemies and preterm birth, check out these links:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prematurebabies.html

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preterm_birth

http://www.marchofdimes.com/baby/premature-babies.aspx

http://www.babycenter.com/premature-babies

To see first-hand stories of preemies and preemie parents, check out this page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PreemieSupportandAwareness?ref=ts&fref=ts

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