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Parenting Fail What started as a day all about love, rapidly descended into an epic parenting fail. I’m still hurt and upset about the incident, but more so about what it says about my skills as a mom. How do you bounce back from a parenting fail? No, really. I’m asking. And not for a […]

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Older Preemie As a mother, it’s normal to wonder what your kids will be like as they grow-up and think about their future. When they are born extremely premature, it adds another layer of worry. I constantly look for stories about an older preemie to give myself reassurance that everything will be OK for them. […]

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500 Grams 500 grams is approximately 1.1 lbs. It seems like a very tiny amount, but it is such an enormous milestone when it comes to premature birth. Before having my twins, I had always measured in pounds and inches. It wasn’t until I started having complications that I realized how important every single gram […]

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Snow Day As a kid, I totally remember waking up, and my parents telling me I could go back to sleep because we had a snow day. There was no way I’d go back to sleep because I’d be too excited. A snow day! No school! All day to play in the snow! Well, this […]

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PTSD The term PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a condition people associate with experiences in the military or surviving a catastrophic life-experience, like a natural disaster or an accident. It is not always associated with pregnancy, birth, and prematurity, but it is a very real condition for women who experience those life-changing events. Worrying […]

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February 2018 I, for one, am very happy to see February 2018…even though I’m still not used to writing 2018 yet. January was a ROUGH month. We dealt with back to school drama, followed by a sickness that swept through the entire house. It started with Big C, who had an ear infection. Little P, […]

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27 weeks Welcome to another Micro Preemie Monday! Today, you’ll meet an amazing fighter who was born at just 27 weeks. His birth, and the circumstances leading up to it, were completely unexpected. As a first-time mom, Jessica, didn’t know what to do or what would happen. Luckily, she got some great care, and gave […]

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Micro Preemie Stories Every Monday, I share micro preemie stories for a number of different reasons. Not only do these journeys raise awareness for premature birth, but they provide hope and strength to other families going through a similar experience. When I was pregnant with my twins, I remember looking for micro preemie stories myself. […]

The post Micro Preemie Stories: Rad’s Journey appeared first on Shann Eva's Blog.

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Numbers This week has been busy and challenging, but again, I’m trying to focus on the good that happened. I’ve seen this on a few blogs before, so I wanted to try it myself. A way to count what I’m grateful for with numbers. It will be less confusing once I start. I promise! Let’s […]

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Hospital Discharge Alone When you go to have your baby, you don’t expect to have your hospital discharge alone. You expect to bring a newborn baby home with you, and start your family. Prematurity robs you of that experience. There is no celebration, no flowers, and no one trying to sneak a peek of your […]

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