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Shawnte’s Update

Shawnte sent me this update on her 30w2d preemie weighing only 1 lb 6 oz at birth.

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I just wanted to update you on my pretty Katie.  She is now at 4lbs 12oz and 17inches long. Yesterday she got to meet her big sister for the first time and did so well with the noise and being moved around. We are so grateful for her progress. She is still a little apnic but they are self resolving for the most part. We hope to bring her home in a few weeks. Katelyn will have a few development issues as they have found a spot on her brain but it is too soon to tell. She has been breathing room air with little oxygen support for the last 4 days. She is a trooper and we love her so much.

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.


  1. Congratulations on her progress! I hope you do get to bring her home soon. A tip- when you think she is about a week away from coming home, do everything you can to sleep sleep sleep! I brought home my 28 weeker about 4 weeks ago, and by the time she was out of the NICU, I was as sleep deprived as I can ever imagine. But then the real work began and I am desperately tired and wish I had taken the NICU nurses advice to spend a little less time at the hospital and more time sleeping before she came home. When you think about it, parents of preemies go through sleep deprivation much longer than parents of full term babies, since I doubt any of us get well rested while our little ones are in the hospital. Good luck!

  2. Your family is so beautiful! I am so glad things are going so well with your little girl. Before you know it, you will all be home and enjoying being a whole family again.

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