Admirable Abigail

  • AbigailAge: 1
  • Weight at Birth: 1lb, 11oz
  • Weeks Gestation: 25
  • Time spent in the NICU: 157 days

Super Hero Characteristics: Strong, Fighting Spirit, Energetic, One of a kind, and Loving

My Preemie Power Story:

If she doesn’t get you with her story, she will get you with her dimpled smile!

Abigail has been flaunting her preemie powers from 21 weeks gestation when mommy suffered from preeclampsia and liver failure. Taken out of the womb at 25 weeks, Admirable Abigail weighed in at one pound eleven ounces. She has had a strong yet rough fight. It took a variety of machines to keep her tiny little body alive as her body grew and developed enough to thrive on her own. 23 days after birth, mom was finally able to hold her baby for the first time; at this point, we bonded, and I knew she was going to change me in many ways; I gained my preemie parent super powers.

After five failed extubations she joined the “trach life” where she depends on a tracheostomy to breathe. After a 157 day slumber party in the NICU, she joined mom and dad at home, and has been thriving ever since! Over the past year, we together, have grown and conquered more than we could have ever hoped! Within these few months since you’ve been home, you’ve gotten rid of equipment they prepared us to have for years to come: feeding tube, oxygen, and your ventilator. I reminisce in memories some would be afraid of, some of things no one will ever understand. The milestones we celebrated were different than the average parent celebrates, but these milestones were more significant; they supported the fact of how far you have come, and how strong of a little girl you are.

Tiny N Tuff

Kenady and KastynAge: Kastyn 20 months/Kenady forever 14 months
Weight at Birth: Kastyn 2lbs/Kenady 1lb 15oz
Weeks Gestation: 26 weeks
Time spent in the NICU: Kastyn 136 days/Kenady 151 days

My Preemie Power Story:

On the last day of January in 2012, Tiny and Tuff completed their journey from the planet Babyland to the foreign and strange world known as the NICU. Tiny, a 1.15 lb baby girl and Tuff, a 2lb baby boy, completed their journey much quicker than most by arriving just 26 weeks after their Mommy had undergone an in vitro procedure in Dallas Texas.

Mommy had been on bed rest until it came time for the super hero duo to make their debut. Carried by helicopter 165 miles to the University of Arkansas of Medical Sciences, Mommy delivered two precious bundles, knowing very little about how much they would change the world. [Read more…]