Expecting parents are always rightfully worried that something might go wrong with the birth of their new child, will they be born premature, or somehow unable to have a fair shake at life? A “premature” baby is when a child is born before the 37 week mark, these children are usually born severely underweight, and looking particularly fragile – they often have to stay at the hospital for some length of time. Nothing is so reassuring to the heart as to see these fragile newborns smile, when we know everything is going to be alright with them!
For those out there worrying about this eventuality, know that quite a few of these babies grow up to be quite healthy adults. We’ve gathered together some photos of smiling premature babies, and photos of them later in life, they look quite happy to us!
Natasha Band: My little lady at 2 days old and 3lb 7oz. And now, 16 weeks old.
Jill Chambers Goodwin: Your little girl is so precious! This is my favorite picture I loved to look at during our NICU stay. kennedy was born at 31 weeks. She weighed 3lb 2oz.