- 355 M&Ms
- 7 iPhones
- 2 cups of coffee
- A rack of baby back ribs
- A big can of soup
- A toaster
- 2 footballs
- A quart of 2% milk
- A desk lamp
- A one-week-old Rottweiler puppy
Beatrice Kate isn't alone in her struggle with prematurity. Our family, we're not alone either. One in every eight babies in the US is born too early.
Today is World Prematurity Day. A day dedicated to raising awareness to the 13 million babies born prematurely around the world. Hopefully one day, all the attention we're bringing to the increasing prematurity trend today, will help end prematurity and One in Eight can be None in Eight.
It's hard to believe that the same baby who weighed less than a toaster is the very same happy, vibrant, beautiful toddler we have running around here these days. But she is:
So today, we're joining thousands of other bloggers, preemie parents and advocates to Pipe Up for Preemies. We're even wearing purple in honor of Beatrice Kate and all her Preemie Pals. Because, even though our story has a happy ending; many others aren't as lucky.
Prematurity is the number one killer of newborns. And it needs to stop. Soon.
If you're new to our site, and especially if you are a fellow preemie family just starting your NICU Journey, please know this: You are not alone. The NICU can be a scary place. It is a scary place. But within the walls of medical jargon, alarms, monitors and codes; I hope you can find a sense of community, a sense of family. Reach out to organizations like March of Dimes. Reach out to us. Even if it's just for a shoulder to cry on and you need a fresh box of tissues, or you want someone to celebrate a 25 gram weight gain with...