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A Premature Baby's First Year On Earth

Mar 14, 2016 By Jake Brannon

The average pregnancy lasts around 40 weeks. During this time, babies grow from an embryo the size of a pinto bean to a fully-formed baby, all inside their mother's womb. It's an exciting and scary time for both the mother and the father - a time full of baby-proofing, book reading, and diaper purchasing. When the baby finally arrives on his or her due date, parents want to make sure everything is ready for their little angel to enter this world.

That's why it can be so jarring when a baby is born prematurely. While relatively common and treatable by doctors, a premature baby faces numerous health risks that threaten their chances of survival. Lyndsey's baby, however, was a more extreme case. Preterm birth is defined as any birth occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy, but Ward Miles was born an entire three and a half months before his due date. He weighed only one and a half pounds when he was born, and had to spend the first 107 days of his life in the hospital's NICU. It was a difficult time for Lyndsey and her husband, but they knew that they, as well as their son, would have the strength to endure.

Thankfully, Ward's father is a professional photographer who decided to document the first year of his life in its entirety. His transformation over the course of 365 days is a remarkable source of hope for any future parents who experience something similar with their baby. We're so glad Ward made it through his first year safely. If he can handle that, he won't have any trouble with whatever else life throws at him.

H/T: Benjamin Scot Miller

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