We are the Spinda family (John, Shanna & Stella Mae) from Murray, KY... on February 1, 2011 at 10:27am our beautiful baby girl, Stella Mae Spinda, was born at 26 weeks gestation. She weighed 12.34 oz and was 9 in long - Stella suffered from Intrauterin Growth Restriction (IUGR) which caused both her extremely small size and her being born premature. Stella spent five days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Norton/Kosair Hospital in Louisville, KY. She passed away late on February 5, 2011 from complications of her extremely small size. This blog was started when she was 23 gestational weeks old and we discovered her condition. It's original purpose was to keep family and friends updated on Stella's journey - we now hope to use this blog as a way to continue Stella's journey by honoring her memory and also as a way to support others who are struggling with infertility or have lost a pregnancy or baby.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Road trips, thoughts, and Stella

John and I of course talk a lot while we are in the car together, but after spending so much time together the past few days we couldn't help but have large amounts of quiet time. Surprisingly my thoughts only produced tears a few times... once when I felt overwhelming love toward my girl and another when I was reminded that Stella means "star" in Italian and was told to "let my Stella's light shine." I'm in the hotel in Cincinnati (halfway from Murray to Pittsburgh), relaxing, waiting for my wonderful husband to bring me dinner. I wanted to hop on Stella's blog and personally THANK everyone for their good thoughts, love, and prayers!!


I'm not an optimistic person, but I feel so confident that my Stella girl will fight, fight, fight! I believe that these good feelings and confidence is coming from all the prayers that we have been receiving. Please continue them, we sure do need them.

Good night and God bless!


  1. Love you all so much! I didn't know that Stella means "star", but now that I think about it, that makes sense (constellation...)

    You know, when I was in college, my Mamma always sent me letters and wrote, "Only Shooting Stars break the mold." (Yeah, it's from a song, but it was our Mom/Daughter thing). I love that Stella is your little Star.

    I can tell that our little Stella already has her Mamma's determination. When I think of how hard you worked to get through school (both under-grad and grad) and then every thing else you have been through, I just know that your strength is already reflected in her determination.

    Love and Prayers now and always... Hugs soon. Love you

  2. Love you guys! That little girl is a fighter and she has lot's of people pulling for her. Will keep thinking and praying for you all.