Freya was born on Thanksgiving Day in 2014.
Lauren’s pregnancy was far from easy, she began showing signs of preeclampsia — a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic.
“In my head, I knew what it was but my doctor was not confirming it,” Lauren Vinje recalled. “[With] preeclampsia, your body sees the placenta as being a foreign object and it’s almost like your body becomes allergic to it — [that’s] what they told me. If you’re not monitored closely, you’ll lose the baby.”
Things took a turn for the worst when Lauren was informed that baby’s heart rate was dropping and she’d have to prepare to have the baby!
Two days later, Freya was born at 12:16 p.m. via emergency C-section. She weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces.
She remained in the NICU until Dec. 21.
“I didn’t get to hold her until she was about 5 hours old,” Lauren Vinje said. “David, my husband, got to hold her pretty much right away. They made sure she was able to breathe on her own because with preemies, [doctors] are always worries about lung development.”
Just five day after she was born her daughter grinned from ear to ear.
“I was talking to her and I had said, ‘Should we send a picture to Daddy?’ and right when I was about to take the picture, she had this huge smile. It was a picture that I had always wanted to get out for people to see because of how it touched me [in] the way that it did. We gave a copy to the nurses, and when we went to have our second little girl, they still had it hanging up in their break room.”
“I showed my husband David, [I said], ‘Look, there’s 2,000 likes!’” she said. “And now, I’ve been seeing it on all of these different sites. I had a feeling it would put some smiles on a few people’s faces.”
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