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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Update - Jan 26th

Thank you all again for your continued prayers and support. Our ultrasound days are MWF. Today's was good, as have been the past few. This means blood flow from placenta to Stella is good and that all her little, little vitals are working well. Infact, she actually took some practice breaths both times (but especially Monday, we had to coax her today into a few little ones). Most importantly, it means Stella can stay in Shanna and (hopefully) keep growing and improve her chances.

Yesterday, we hit the 25 week mark. Our Parientologist, Dr. Pietrantoni, informed us that this puts Stella at 60% survival. But to me, this means little, I hate to say it. Its a broad statement of odds and each situation is different. I am hardly ready to celebrate this news because out of 10 parents that have children born at 25 weeks, 4 lose their child. What I am excited about is the ultrasounds that indicate Stella can be in Shanna, her best incubator. Each day not only increases Stella's odds of survival in general, but of a strong, healthy life. We find out Friday if she has grown in estimated size (although we've been warned the ultrasound estimates of weight can be inaccurate). One thing is clear, she is sure developing, which is even more important than size (not to downplay that too much). Here are a few pics from today. She yawned and gave us a good look at her hands (POSITIVELY NO IDEA why they won't rotate?!?!).

1 comment:

  1. Dr. Pietrantoni delivered my premature son Logan, who is now 8 years old.....Logan is praying for Stella. :)