It’s Monday! Time to meet an amazing Micro Preemie.
Welcome to Micro Preemie Monday. Thank you again for coming to hear an inspiring story about a super strong baby. Each week, I am amazed by the stories, and I am so happy to share them with you. If you missed last week’s story, please click HERE.
Today, we meet Nera, as told by her mom, Sonja.
1.Tell us about your baby.
My baby girl was born in 22 weeks and 4 days, and she was 1.45 pounds. Her name is Nera and she is the youngest ever born in Croatia.
2.How long were you in the NICU? What was the hardest part?
We were in NICU for only 96 days. The hardest part was her Apnea attacks. They were so strong that they have to reanimated her almost every time few times in front of my eyes.
3.Do you know what caused your premature birth?
She was born premature because of incompetent cervix, infection and thrombophilia*.
4.How are you and your baby doing now?
Now she is a perfectly healthy girl, and I am so proud of her. She talks, and she walks. She is our little miracle because every doctors told us that she probably wouldn’t be ably to be a normal child and now she is beyond that.
Nera is now 2 and a half years old, still never been ill, not even a simple cold. She started to count numbers, recognize all the animals, talks perfectly, drawing sun and stars. She is perfect. And I am so proud of her. Feeling fantastic and thanking God that we never been to doctors after discharging from NICU.
5.What advice would you give to a new preemie parent?
Just be strong be positive our Micro Preemies are fighters. They can do things that you can’t imagine it’s possible.
Thank you so much, Sonja, for sharing Nera with us. She is just amazingly strong, and sounds like such a smart, happy girl.
From Wikipedia, Thrombophilia is an abnormality of blood coagulation that increases the risk of thrombosis (blood clots in blood vessels
Kimberly Cox says
Awww, She’s a sweetheart. So happy you are all doing well now. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Wow, I don’t have children as I still consider myself a child but this brought a tear to my eye x
So wonderful that they can do so much for these babies! Nera seems like she will have a great life, such a blessing!
Heidi Spears-Gray says
Wow! So happy that this story has a happy ending! What a fighter!
This is wonderful! So glad that Nera is so healthy. Makes my day 🙂
My Urban Family says
Loving the new blog design! 🙂 Also, thanks for sharing this story.
Rachel Mouton says
What a sweet angel! I just love all of your preemie stories <3
Ally | The Speckled Goat says
Amazing– what a blessing and a gift!
Becky @ Disney in your Day says
Wow, that is so wonderful that she’s doing so well! Makes my heart happy to hear it 🙂
Thanks for sharing this story, Nera is gorgeous! I’ve had a real awww moment reading this!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
She is such a little sweetie pie. Glad she is doing so well 🙂
Inspiration Indulgence says
What a sweetheart and a little fighter!!
Edwin Lao says
Born weak but live strong. Live well and always be happy in this life.
sonja golac says
Omg what a tiny cutie! May God bless her and keep her healthy!
Such a lovely girl. I’m always happy to hear that everything turns out okay. Thank you for sharing, Shann!
Sonja is a warrior mom and Nera is quite the fighter! Thanks for sharing their story!
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
I love seeing these success stories. My aunt was a micro, back when the survival rate was MUCH less (1940’s).
That’s amazing Scott! If she’d ever like to share her story, I would love to feature it.
Oh my goodness! These itty bitty babies both break my heart and make me so happy! I love reading these positive stories each week!
tara pittman says
I just love seeing success stories like these. Medicine has come a long way with preemies.
Encouragement for those going through these situations is so important. I am so glad to see that this little girl is doing well now
Love Peace Beauty (@lovesmplybeauty) says
What a wonderful story of such strength! Nera is a beautiful girl and I’m so happy she is healthy!
Melissa (Wading Through Motherhood) says
So good to see these little ones doing so well. I love your new blog look.
Amanda @ Grad Girl says
What a beautiful story! Premies seem so much more resilient than we expect. I’m glad to see that mom and baby are thriving. 🙂
Joan Harrington says
Awwww such an awesome and inspiring story Shann! She has grown into such a beautiful little girl 🙂 Love reading stories like this, thank you for sharing!!
What an amazing little girl! I can’t imagine what this family went through! It’s so great that she gets to share her story!
sonja golac says
She is our little miracle. My only child that I gave her life to enjoy in happines, after 6 misscariges. Love her soooo much
Ana De Jesus says
Such a beautiful story I am so happy that you and your daughter came out fighting and fingers crossed she continues to thrive you deserve it for all your hard work.
sonja golac says
What a stressful experience! 96 days in the NICU? How awful. Thank you for sharing your story!
I can’t even imagine holding such a tiny baby, she is so precious. Thanks for sharing Nena’s story. Such a happy little girl!
Beautiful sweet girl! My son was 3 lbs when he was born; 32 weeks and we spent 6 weeks in NICU … it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life.
Understandable. How is your son now?
Beautiful baby girl! I love seeing these stories on the internet. Often times, I see depressing stories covering the main search engines. But this just makes me smile and feel good. Thank you for sharing this moving story with us!!
Oh my gosh that’s such a small baby! Often though the smallest are the biggest fighters 🙂
Corina Ramos (@NotNowMomsBusy) says
What a strong little girl Nera is and what a cutie pie, too. Thank you for sharing Sonja’s story. I wish them all the best and many many healhty, happy years. 🙂
What a cutie and a great story to go with it. My kids were 29, 27, and 26 weeks gestation. Definitely fighters.
Wow. Three preemies! Strong Mommy for sure. If you’d ever like to do a guest post over here, please let me know 🙂 I really enjoy your blog.
I love reading these stories of these little heroes! Nera is so cute and I am happy that she fought her little self to where she is today. She’s a smart cookie too! Thanks for sharing 🙂
So thankful for the healthy baby!!
Claudette Esterine says
Every day I am amazed by the work that the NICU teams do all around the world, giving preemies a chance to walk this world! What an fighter and an amazing little beauty!
truly inspirational story. she has the smile of a ray of sunshine.
Such a good fighter. Im happy that she is doing well. Thanks for sharing this.
Liz Mays says
What a wonderful thing that she defied doctor’s expectations and has thrived beautifully!
I love reading the success stories. Thanks for sharing this story for us and she’s really a sweet girl
Devon @ Devon Victoria says
Aw, what touching photos! Good for her and her family!! 🙂 Sending best wishes their way for health & happiness.
Elizabeth O. says
Wonderful story again. That’s one energetic little girl. I love her eyes too, very expressive.
Thanks for sharing your story. So glad that she is a very strong and happy little girl now!
R U S S says
Aww, this is a beautiful story. Even as a little baby, Nera seems to be a fighter so I’m positive she’ll grow up to be a fine lady. Happy to meet you, Nera.
Lexie Lane says
She’s really cute, I wanna give her a warm hug.
Brenda Lee says
What a beautiful little girl! I never had human children so reading your premie Monday is very special to me.
Btw, I love you new webby! Cori didn’t a fabulous job!
Thank you Brenda. And YES she did! 🙂
I can’t imagine going through what these parents had to go through. They are strong and tough and inspiring! They did a good job too. She’s so full of life and energy!
Apeh Omede says
This is really an amazing story of hope and courage. Thanks for sharing.
Fashionable Librarian says
That’s the thing about parenting..it is all a big risk but one that we are (or most) are happy to take.
I remember when my boys were in the NICU. It can be a scary time, but I think that just make the stronger fighters. She looks like a fighter too.
Amanda Rinehart says
amazing! And a neat piece of trivia that she was the youngest ever born in Croatia. I am actually writing my senior dissertation on Yugoslavia, so that little tid bit stood out to me! Im SO happy that she is thriving! <3
That is so cool! Thank you for reading.
96 days! Wow! Such inspiring stories on what these micro preemies and parents overcome!
Nichole aka CuppaGeek says
What a doll! Such a wonderful story!
What a blessing and such a precious, adorable little girl! Little ones like her who survive and thrive are strong cases AGAINST abortion.
What a strong, brave young girl. Thanks for sharing. P.s…Love the new look Shann!
Erika Ashley (@erikaislittle) says
What a beautiful story!
This reminds me so much of my old friends’ daughter. She was barely a pound when she was born at 20 weeks and it was so difficult for all of us. Seeing her in the NICU and all the wires and beeps, I wasn’t a mother yet and I was so worried about my children when they were born. It’s amazing the things that hospitals can do now. What a beautiful little girl she turned out to be!
What a beautiful little girl! It’s so nice to read how these precious little ones overcome so much and thrive.
Neely (@Neelykins) says
What a sweet thing!