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Our Outrageous Tale! Part 3

We still had about an hour to go.  Back on the road, things went smoothly for awhile, and because of the late hour the roads were dark and empty.  We started to believe the nightmare was over, when just 10 minutes from home we saw police car lights flash behind us and we got pulled over!  Argh!  I still can’t believe how absurd it was that we got pulled over at that moment.   Just thinking about it makes me cringe.  My husband explained that we had our newly discharged premature baby with us and we really needed to get home.  The officer took way too long at his vehicle before he returned and decided to let us go with a warning.  We crawled back on the road and limped the rest of the way home, arriving tired and flustered eight hours after our triumphant departure from the hospital.

Moral of the story?  There really isn’t one, but I can tell you that when we brought our baby into our own home, when we were able to put her in her own bed, hold her any time we felt like it, and be together again as a family, it was like waking up from a nightmare and realizing that it was all a dream.  It was so refreshing and exhilarating to take care of our baby by ourselves and to surround her with love and comfort and peace.  We finally got to be parents.  We finally got to have sleepless nights with the baby, leaky diapers and sink baths, tender moments and giggle sessions.  This was when we became a family of three.  This was when we discovered the joy of parenthood.

Return to Our Outrageous Tale!  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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