For this ultimate ‘Full House’ fan, the goal is to live life to the fullest

Whenever 17-year-old Lexi Krosky fires up an episode of Full House on her iPad, she knows it makes her happy. She is the ultimate Full House fan and cannot be beat when it comes to trivia about plot lines, the characters and the stars who portray them. Before the iPad, she wore through several DVD sets of the complete series.

My beautiful and strong miracle baby

I went to Fort Jackson from Ohio, to go to my fiance’s graduation at basic training. I was 21 weeks pregnant. The night we came back I was having really bad pains, but I ignored them because I didn’t want to feel guilty for waking my mom up to take me to the triage.

Toddler thriving, thanks to Akron Children’s Hospital

My son, Carter, was born 12 weeks early on June 13, 2012. He was airlifted from MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield to Akron Children’s Hospital. I didn’t have any complications during my pregnancy and we don’t know why he was born prematurely.

Why the NICU in the Mahoning Valley holds a special place in my family’s heart

96 days. That’s how long it took to bring my family of 5 together under the same roof. Our twins, Harper and Paige, were born at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown last November at just 25 weeks and 5 days. Both girls weighed a little more than a pound, and they were immediately transported […]

NICU roller coaster

My labor story begins on Jan. 7, 2013, at 32 weeks and 2 days. It was a normal work day and I had a doctor’s appointment for the start of my twice weekly non-stress tests (NSTs). At the appointment my blood pressure (BP) was really high at 175/99. And during the non-stress test, my baby […]

Meet the Kneppers: Settling in to new family routine

Like many young couples, Mark and Jennifer Knepper of Streetsboro looked forward to starting a family. When their first child, Olivia, was about 1 year old, they found out Jennifer was pregnant with identical twin girls.