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About

Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Baby 'Roo

The day we were able to begin Kangaroo care with Xavier was glorious. After so many days of sitting by his bedside, memorizing features, and holding hands - feeling that perfect baby skin against my own for the first time is something I'll never forget.

A
side from all of this loveliness, many scientists have shown the following benefits of kangaroo care to parents and preemies-

Preemies

  • gain weight faster
  • leave the hospital sooner
  • cry less
  • have more stable temperatures
  • are more alert
  • sleep better
  • breathe better
  • have more stable heart rates
  • feel less pain
Parents (especially mothers)
  • are less depressed
  • are more comfortable in the NICU
  • are more confident in caregiving ability
  • have a more positive attitude toward baby
  • perceive baby as less abnormal
  • interact more with baby
  • feel more important
  • bond better
11 months later it's still his favorite place to be...

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  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    12:57 AM  

    Truly amazing that touch can do so much! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    8:24 AM  

    Oh so beautiful! What a sweet little baby roo. top

  • Blogger Robin says so:
    10:27 AM  

    That is wonderful. Where else would a baby rather be.....premee or not!

    And I LOVED the Rome pictures. The one of your "glowing belly" was beautiful!!! top

  • Blogger Amber says so:
    10:25 PM  

    What a sweet post and even sweeter picture.... top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    8:37 AM  

    So interesting!!! top

  • Blogger Jamie says so:
    11:07 AM  

    It's amazing how much different all of our experiences can be.
    I can't imagine how wonderful it was to hold him against you like that for the first time. So sweet. top