Family First: March of Dimes: Aly

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010 --- 5:07 a.m.

In family first today, a very personal story about a local mom about to celebrate her daughter's birthday.

Aly Ford looks like most other one-year-olds, but as her parents explain, it's been a long, scary first year.

"I was worried at that weight, would she survive? It's a scary thing you know it's you think you still have 7 weeks for her to grow inside you.."

Judy Ford can smile and laugh now because of the sound of sweet little Aly babbling, hoping to get her mom's attention, in the background.

But she didn't get to hear too many healthy baby sounds when Aly was born 7 weeks premature, last May 5th.

" We knew from an ultrasound that she had a little bowel issue so she said there was a poss. That she may be born premature. But not that premature. "

Judy and Tim weren't expecting to be parents so soon and then they had to face the complications of premature birth.

Aly was born at 3 pounds, 7 ounces, compared the the normal which is usually between 6 and 9 pounds.

"She was only 33 weeks. their goal was to get me and her to 34 weeks so bedrest, and just monitor here. Because at 34, the lungs are considered developed."

After Aly was born, she was in the NICU at St. Mary's for four weeks...

"Missing the bond of being able to hold her right away but also being as little as she was I knew she was in good hands. I'm a nurse so I know she was in good hands!"

And Judy and Tim knew that their daughter had a long way to go - with a surgery they knew would be necessary, just not so soon.

"We had her baptized in the hospital before the surgery, she had the surgery and did wonderful. It's amazing how resilient they are. "
"She's a little miracle, she really is."

She's actually had 3 surgeries.

Wants to crawl, getting there. Starting to eat table food. Good baby, good sleeper.

But not all Babies do as well after birth, families live pretty far from Madison so can't visit as much when they're' in NICU, etc.

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