Jacqui Now with Husband Bart
Our first attempt at a You Tube video
Jacqui's Preemie Pride, a Labor of Love
Have faith, the journey with a preemie is a hard one, but babies are so resilient. One thing to remember... give your baby and yourself time.
Jacqui, our daughter and our preemie, is now a healthy, happy 31 year old.
Born two months early in 1984, she stayed in the NICU in Georgetown University Hospital for five weeks.
After Georgetown she spent 10 days in a level two NICU unit in Shady Grove Hospital in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Always a fighter, at one point she had to be paralyzed for 2 days because she continued to pull her life support equipment out. We were scared to death but also so proud that she was determined to live, thus "Preemie Pride".
The first few years were difficult. In and out of the hospital, on a heart monitor for a year, pneumonia, etc. Jacqui's lungs were her main health issue.
She struggled for many years but by 10 years old, she didn't have any more problems with pneumonia or bronchitis.
Remember, our little ones come into this world early, so it takes a little longer to reach those milestones.
But believe me, your baby will. Jacqui didn't start walking until she was 17 months, but.. her brother who was born at 10 pounds started walking at 14 months! So, we had late walkers!
Jacqui is a college graduate, with an honors - Bachelors of Science degree, in psychology. She works as a journalist and is in the process of publishing her first novel
Jacqui is married to her wonderful husband Bart, has a healthy, happy boy, now 7 and a darling daughter, 3.
Ralph and Sue
with 2 of our adorable grandchildren
Our son, Justin, just became a proud papa to a beautiful baby girl, Alice.
Justin, his beautiful wife Kelienne and Baby Alice in France.
Justin's new album with cover art by Ralph Steadman
a modern day renaissance man!
Teacher, artist, musician and more. Check out his website:
The Quill & Brush
Specializing in literature and mystery first edition books.
Owned by my Dad, Allen Ahearn and sister, Beth Fisher.
When Jacqui was born, my placenta, kidneys, spleen and liver hemorrhaged.
She was drowning in my blood and had to be taken by emergency surgery.
I didn't see her for almost 2 weeks because we both were so ill.
The first time I saw her, she was full of tubes and wires and wearing this huge clown outfit.
The nurses had put this on to make me happy, it didn't.
My baby looked so small, so fragile and sort of like a dressed up science experiment.
Our clothing line is designed for you, sized for preemies and small newborns.
Made with 100% soft cotton knit, open shoulders and front so your baby can lay on top of the clothing and the clothes wrap around them and close with velcro, without disrupting i.v. and picc lines.
Parents can now dress their baby and nurses can remove in a second if necessary
While in the NICU there are so many things we can't do. With our clothing, you can dress your baby.
The soft cotton against the skin helps your infant get accustomed to being touched.
Designed so nothing is pulled over your baby's head or face.
No struggles with little arms and legs. Very easy, simple dressing.
Made with bright, happy colors and prints.
We are a small business, trying to make a difference in the lives of premature and hospitalized infants and their families.
Our clothing is handmade in the U.S.A. in Smithsburg, Maryland.
We have local ladies that sew for us. Since we are a small manufacturer we have the ability to make whatever you would like. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best service!
If there is a special need for your child, please let us know.
We are here to help!
We donate locally and around the world.
Sue & Ralph Regan
Annie, Crystal and Sally
Our first attempt at a You Tube video