Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Cassie!!

My daughter Cassandra "Cassie" was born on Dec 18th 2012 at 26weeks 1day. She was born weighing just 1lb 6.5oz (640 grams) and 11 inches long. She was born early due to preeclampsia. When she was born the thought that her eyes may be fused shut still however as soon as her daddy came over and said "Hi Cassie", she opened her eyes to look at him!

Due to me being ill I wasn't able to see her for 36 hours after she was born. She was on an oscillator for a month and we weren't able to hold her until she was on a traditional vent. She was the tiniest baby in the NICU and though she was tiny she made sure her presence was known. She was nicknamed "Queen of the NICU " due to her ability to desat or Brady anytime another baby was getting attention. She did not like to share the spotlight. Like every NICU stay it was a roller coaster. But second by second turned into minute by minute and before long we were taking it week by week.
After 94 days she came home to us on oxygen and a heart apnea monitor. She weighed 6lbs 2oz! The first year we were busy with doctors appointments (3-4 a week) and therapist visits. She has grown into the most beautiful little girl. She is still tiny but amazingly strong. She is now 2 yrs old and weighs 19lbs 10oz and is 31 inches long.
She is funny and kind and loves giving hugs and kisses. She loves her puppy Arya the most and tells everyone she can! She can say over 20 words and runs around like crazy! She is truly our Angel and she was the best Christmas present. Having a preemie was a challenge but I can honestly say that they are right. Those 3 months in the hospital seem so far away now! And now Cassie is going to be a big sister in June!

Happy Birthday my angel you really are my hero!

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