Madeline Alice is our oldest daughter.

57/365: starry-eyed

After 28 weeks and 6 days of an extremely rocky gestation, Madeline Alice was born on November 11, 2007. She weighed three pounds one ounce, and was 15 3/4 inches long. Because she was over 11 weeks premature, she was rushed to a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She spent 68 long days there until the wonderful January afternoon we brought her home.

Maddie’s prematurity left her lungs scarred, but her amazing happiness remained unscathed. She lit up the lives of everyone she met (and countless more she didn’t) with her bright eyes, infectious laugh, and gigantic grin.

On April 6th, Maddie came down with a severe respiratory infection. She left the world suddenly and unexpectedly April 7, 2009.

We miss her with every fiber of our being.

Want to know why she was born premature? Go here.

Her first few frightening days of life are here.

Read about her time in the NICU here.

Posts about living without her are here.

She’s named after someone.

She has a Facebook Fan Page.

Want pictures of her? Go here.

Videos? We got ‘em.