Kaydence Battles

Kaydence is no typical little girl. From conception, she was a fighter and held on so that she could be here with us today. Kaydence fought through her placenta being damaged more and more daily by a subchorionic hematoma which turned into a hemorrhage due to the placenta trying to separate from the uterine wall. at only nine weeks along, an emergency room doctor wanted to do a D&C on me and remove my baby - we were told that she had passed. I refused and seen my doctor the next day, where we were able to find a heartbeat. The difficulties continued and at 17 weeks, I was told that I would inevitably miscarry our princess. We were devastated. My happy pregnancy turned into a waiting game to see if we could just make it until Kaydence would be considered 'viable', which is the gestational age that the doctors will at least try to save the baby, and that is 24 weeks gestation. With each passing week, we were more and more convinced that we were actually going to make it to full term. On June 1, 2016, I woke up bleeding, but wasn't overly concerned, as this had happened several times before during this pregnancy. I went to the doctor just to be safe and learned that I was 5cm dilated. I was sent to the hospital and upon arrival to the hospital, I was already 7cm dilated. I was given a steroid shot for Kaydence's lungs and started medicines for her brain development and we waited. At 11:19am on June 2, 2016, Kaydence was born at 27 weeks and 6 days gestation. She was 2 pound 8 ounces and 14 inches long. She may have been tiny, but she was perfect in every way possible. Kaydence spent 70 day - 10 weeks - in the NICU. Her NICU stay was fairly uneventful and didnt require much other than oxygen and help eating, like all premature babies do. This is where we will update Kaydences health news and growth.

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