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Our Outrageous Tale! Part 2

It just so happens that the city we approached is one of the worst cities to try and navigate if you aren’t familiar with it.  There are one-way streets everywhere and it is impossible to find what you’re looking for!  (Okay, maybe it was extra bad because we were so desperate and in a hurry)  We actually found ourselves going the wrong way on a one-way street at one point, and then had to find the freeway again and get off another exit.  We drove around for about 45 minutes before we found a business district, and then it took three tries to find a store that had a portable outlet which could get power from the cigarette lighter in our car.  By that time it was pitch black outside and we had lost an hour and a half to our little detour.  The good thing was that we finally got the pulse oximeter powered again and I could breath easier for it.  We found our way out of the city and decided to try to make it home before the baby got hungry.  Well, we only made it to the next town before the baby wanted to eat, so we stopped at a rest stop, struggled through a diaper change in the back seat (it was cold and snowy outside), and I nursed her again.  At this point we had been on the road way longer than we had anticipated, we were exhausted from the stress of being lost in Pocatello and trying to find a car powered outlet, and we were nervous about having the baby in the car for so long and about her exposure to the world, since it was the peak of RSV Season.  It seemed like our trip would never end!

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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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