February 16th, 2019. Hope Journee was born weighing 4 lbs 1oz. A week earlier I went into preterm labor for no apparent reason. When we finally realized what was going on we rushed into the birth center and I was already 5cm dilated and her head was at minus 1 station. Somehow they managed to stop my contractions with magnesium and lots of fluids. A catheter/folly was placed because I was put on strict bedrest for a week. That was when the labor started again; 31 weeks 4 days. I got to hold her for maybe 30 seconds and kiss her on the head until they took her away to the NICU. She was a real trooper leaving the hospital in only 3 weeks time, 6 WEEKS before her actual due date. She weighed 5 lbs 3 oz. when we left the hospital and she now weighs 8 lbs 3 oz. She almost already up on the curve for babies her age and I cannot express how proud I am of her.