This post will be a slight deviation from my normal baking posts. You have been warned.
My adorable niece, Miss Opal Rose amazes us every day. She is literally a miracle baby.
She was born at 23 weeks and 6 days.
She weighed 1 pound 6.7 ounces and was only 12 inches long!
She could literally fit in your hand (though we obviously could not touch her).
She was in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for a whopping 105 days! It seemed like an eternity, especially the first two months where her condition could change so drastically minute to minute. This was an intensely difficult time for my family, as I’m sure you can imagine.
Naturally, we cherish every second we have with our little Miss Opal Rose.
She has since bloomed into a happy, healthy baby girl!
Just look at that face!
She is 16 months old and loving life!
She is meeting all of her (adjusted) developmental milestones and has only experienced minor complications.
However, there are many babies born prematurely who are not as fortunate as Miss Opal Rose. We saw it time and time again during Opal’s stay in the NICU.
I will be walking in the March of Dime’s March for Babies in Valparaiso, IN on April 28th. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
I wanted to publish this post in the hopes that someone out there may read it and feel inspired to learn more about the March of Dimes, and to generate awareness of the struggles that can occur as a result of premature birth.
Please consider getting involved or donating to the March for Babies, so that other babies like Opal Rose can have the opportunity to live long, happy, and healthy lives.
To learn more about the March of Dimes please click here