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Getting Pregnant Again: Part 2

I also have a very special place in my heart for my full-term baby, and much of that is because she was full-term.  She was a miracle!  (I am taking the fact for granted that all preemie babies are miracles)  After two preemies there was much sacrifice and prayer that went into carrying her to full-term.  Because of my previous spontaneous preterm deliveries I had to take extreme physical measures to break the habit the third time (remember I lost my first baby at 21 weeks).  I spent 4 months on strict bedrest, took progesterone shots, frequented the doctor’s office for manual exams, and was completely exhilarated to make it past my due date!  She was the first baby I got to carry through the third trimester and my love grew for her early on as she moved and kicked and “spoke” to me from the womb.  It was a very special experience for me to see my baby right after her birth, to hold her so soon and nurse her, and to take immediate responsibility for her care when she came into the world.  She was so fresh and new that I felt an overwhelming love and desire to protect her and bonded with her nearly instantly.  She has been so easy to care for and so sweet.  I could never say that I love her less than my preemie.

My preemie and I have a special bond, but my full-term baby and I do as well.  All the things I’ve been able to do with my second girl that I wasn’t able to do with my first have not made me sad, but have been joyful experiences.

I feel truly blessed to have had a full-term baby after a preemie.  What a wonderful appreciation I have gained for life through my experiences with my preemie, and what a wonderful blessing to experience a healthy delivery and a healthy baby!  Two completely different worlds that have brought new purpose into my life.

Begin with Getting Pregnant Again:  Part 1

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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