I love being contacted by women that want to share their stories dealing with premature birth. When I received an email from Courtney, a reader and also a writer, I was very interested in hearing her story. Not only did she experience a premature birth once, but she’s had three preemies.
Three preemies, three NICU stays, and three times the worry.
After experiencing the premature birth with my twins, I wasn’t sure that I would want to go through another pregnancy. It was one of the hardest times in my life, and I don’t know if I could handle another complicated pregnancy or NICU stay.
Today’s story really gives me hope, and shows me how strong we women can really be. You do what needs to be done because your children are counting on you.
I’m so happy to introduce you to Courtney and her three beautiful children.
My First Child
My Second Child
My Third Child
The NICU and beyond
At age 8, she is now developing diabetes and was recently diagnosed with autism/selective mutism. I feel like her problems are related to her prematurity.
What I’ve learned
Courtney is a content creator living in the heart of Arkansas. She blogs about her faith, homeschooling, and raising special needs children as a single mother. When she is not blogging, you can find her advocating for people with disabilities, enjoying true crime documentaries, and trying to find downtime. You can find Courtney on her blog http://adukeschulist.com or social media @AdukeSchulist.
Thank you so much to Courtney for sharing her story and her three preemies. They all are amazing!
Please leave any supportive comments or questions below.
Tiffany Hathorn says
I’m a friend of Courtney’s. Kaia, Losh, and Aybra are some awesome kids. My son and I love them. And Courtney is an inspiration to me as a fellow single mom, a mom of special needs kids, and a homeschooler. Thanks for allowing her to tell her story. I don’t have any experience with premature births (my son was only 10 days early), but I can see how this could inspire moms who are dealing with it.
Shann Eva says
I’m so glad she shared it with us. She definitely is an inspiration! Thank you!
Incredible <3 Thank you so much for sharing these stories. I think you don't always get a sense of just how tiny these babies are until you see adult hands next to them. Then you realize… I can't imagine going through something like this three times, but amazing stories that you always manage to share here, Shann <3
Shann Eva says
Thank you for always coming to support Charlotte. 🙂
I have never heard of something like this happening, but I guess that .10% has to come from somewhere. I am so sorry that you have had to experience all of this but thank you for sharing your story and enlightening me on the complications of premature birth.
Kim Reed says
Thank you for sharing your story. Your strength is admirable. And those sweet kids are lucky to have you!
Alissa Maintaining Motherhood says
Wow! What courage and strength you must have to keep going! What an amazing woman with an amazing story.
What an amazing story! Their strength is amazing, especially Courtney. Thank you so much for sharing!
Patrice Walker says
Thanks for sharing your story. So fortunate to have 3 beautiful children and successful outcomes.
alexandria salahshour says
It’s incredible that you kept going! You are someone to look up to, mama. I also have PCOS and hope to god that I’m able to have more children. You have so much strength, and that’s something to be proud of.
Omg!! She is a courageous woman. I am misty eyed reading this. More power to hand her kids!