My preemie Anya.
Anya was born at 27+3 weeks gestation, on May 14, 2009, after I contracted an infection called chorio-amnioitis, which breaks your water, and you must deliver, because it can quickly turn deadly for both mother and baby. After less than 12 hours in labor, my little princess was born at 2lbs 6oz and 14 inches long, she tried to cry coming out, which they said was a good sign, but then they whisked her away to be stabilized to be put in the NICU.
I am going to cry typing out this next part, I was in a lot of pain after giving birth, so they gave me morphine which knocked me out for 10 hours, and when I woke up, I ran right to the NICU, went up to the nurses station, told them who I was, and they pointed at her bedspace. The very first time I laid eyes on my daughter in the NICU were devastating to me. She was so tiny, so frail, I broke down crying immediately, collapsed right into a chair, that I thank was there. One of the nurses walked right up to me, put her hand out, and I put my hand into hers, she stood me up and hugged me, for 10 minutes and I just cried and cried, but it helped me so much.
Okay now that I probably have everyone crying now, including me, lol, that little girl is now going to be 3 in May, and perfectly healthy and perfectly bratty, but wouldn't have it any other way, and a big big big time daddys girl.
Anya at 3 days old
Also at 3 days old, that is DH's hand
At 5 weeks, you can actually see how tiny she truly is here