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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Birth Day

Without a doubt, the most insane day of my life. I can only imagine how Shanna feels.
In case you haven't heard yet, Stella Mae Spinda was born at 10:27 AM today via C-Section. At the moment, she is in the Neonatal ICU and is stable, yet very critical. The next 24-48 hours will be massively important. Lets start with the good, her lungs seem to be as well, or better than expected. The bad, Stella is about 12.34 ounces. The objective right now: survive, plain and simple. Mom is resting, with some pain, from the surgery and is getting ready to finally see her girl (for more than 2 seconds). This is nearly 10 hrs after birth; this gives an idea how serious she is right now. Its gonna be a roller-coaster ride. We have to trust that her fate, in the Lord's hands, is to make her part of his kingdom.
Updates as we can get them to you, promise. Here is a picture (many of you already have seen), but it is priceless. A 2-hr old girl sucking her thumb. Keep the faith and prayers our way, please.


  1. Happy Birthday, Miss Precious Baby Girl Stella Mae! We love you and are praying so hard for you that it is physically hurting my heart. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful Mommy and Daddy. We just can't wait to meet you, one day hopefully soon. Love, your cousins, Meghan and Chris

  2. Welcome, Stella. You have so many people thinking of and praying for you and your Mommy and Daddy. You are already popular! Get strong and come home soon.