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1 Year and Going Strong!

I just realized that Preemie Babies 101 passed its 1-year anniversary just over one month ago!  My very first post was First Look at Your Preemie published March 20, 2009.  I can’t believe I’ve been talking about, thinking about, living and breathing preemies for over a year now (of course, that’s in addition to raising my sweet 3-year old preemie and her full-term little sister who’s already 1 1/2 years old).  Time sure flies!

It’s been fun to learn more about blogging.  In the past year I changed the blog’s layout/design 3 or 4 times (I get bored fast, but I think the one I have now is going to stay!),  I’ve published over 125 posts, and Preemie Babies 101 has been discovered by over 600 fans on Facebook!

Several parents have shared their personal stories on the blog, I added a forum to the site recently, and I’ve been able to do a few giveaways!  Preemie Babies 101 will also be involved in its first March for Babies in just over a week.  I’ve never been involved in a fundraiser before, so I’m very excited.  If you want to join our team or donate to our cause please visit the Preemie Babies 101 homepage… there’s only a few days left!

I want to thank you all for your support of Preemie Babies 101 and for your comments and stories.  Please continue to spread the word and add your thoughts to my posts so those with questions can find answers and friends to relate to.

My goals for the upcoming year are to gather a lot more parent stories to share, to establish a monthly giveaway, and to interview NICU staff members to find out what advice they would give parents of preemie babies.  I hope to get more involved with the March of Dimes and to bring you more news, research information, and general knowledge about having and raising preemie babies.  Last, but not least, I hope to have many of you contributing guest posts about topics you are especially interested in, passionate about, or have had experience with.  In short, I’d like a little more variety available for my readers :).

Thanks again for your continued support of Preemie Babies 101 and let’s make this next year even better than the first!

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

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