I’m so glad you’re here to read another wonderful story about a beautiful Micro Preemie. Doing these posts every Monday mean so much to me. I love that these moms and dads have volunteered to share their babies with me, and in turn, allowed me to share them with you. I hope it makes you realize that there are just so many babies that are born way too soon. Medicine is amazing, and I’ve shared many good outcomes to give hope to anyone struggling with a high-risk pregnancy or NICU stay right now.
However, I also want to remind you, that while I am sharing these beautiful babies, there are so many more babies that don’t get to have a story with an outcome like this. We need to keep spreading awareness. Premature birth is a huge problem in this Country, and I’m working in my small way to find a way to make it a smaller one.
I hope each of these posts make any moms and dads of preemies feel less alone. I know I feel a connection to each one of these stories. In a few weeks, I’m going to update you on all the babies we’ve met so far, so please sign up to be on my email list and you won’t miss out.
Today, we are talking with Mom, Kenzie, about her daughter Ashton. Not only was Kenzie dealing with a baby in Intensive Care, but she had another emotional experience with her family. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop just because we have a baby in the NICU.
1. Tell us about your baby
Our baby’s name is Ashton Luna. She was born at 26 weeks and 2 days. She was 14″ long and 2 lb 4 oz.
2. How long were you in the NICU? What was the hardest part?
We were in the NICU for 85 days. The hardest part, as a mom, was not being able to give her the care she needed. I felt like I was her nanny for a while and not her mother. It was hard having nurses and doctors tell me what was best for my baby and how to care for her when I felt like it was supposed to be my job. It was also hard having all of the support and overwhelming attention from family and friends at first, and then it dying down after 2 weeks. Another thing that happened during our NICU stay was finding out my 10-year-old brother was being diagnosed with cancer. It took a huge toll on me emotionally and mentally.
3. Do you know what caused your premature birth?
The cause of her prematurity was Chorioamnionitis, which is an infection in the amniotic fluid. It was a very fast delivery with no warning. I ended up having an emergency C-section and the doctors told me she wouldn’t be able to cry – but she did! That was the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard!
4. How are you and your baby doing now?
We have now been home for 3 months and are doing great! It’s been so nice to be home and the NICU is just a distant memory. It doesn’t even feel like that was our life for 3 months. I spend extra time cuddling her and singing to her. Our NICU experience really makes us not take things for granted!
An update on Kenzie’s 10-year-old brother:
He’s doing good, still going through chemo but he’s hanging in there. If everything goes as planned we should be done with everything by December.
5. What advice would you give a new Micro Preemie Mom?
My advice to NICU moms is that this NICU journey will teach you so much about yourself and your baby. You will learn how strong you all are and what you can accomplish. It will also teach you how precious life is and to take in each moment! Remember to ask as many questions as you can, do kangaroo care, and give your baby lots of love! That is truly the best medicine in the NICU. Also, you’re not alone! Reach out to other NICU mommies for advice and support. We’ve all been there and understand each other more than anyone else can.
Thank you again Kenzie for sharing Ashton with us!