Our names are Ryan and Holly and this is our daughter Clara's story. Our first child decided to join this world 8 weeks ahead of schedule throwing our whole world into a tail spin. Clara was born at the Mayo Clinic in Red Wing, MN on Jan. 4th, 2019 and was airlifted to the NICU on the Mayo Clinic St. Marys campus in Rochester, MN. She spent three nights at this NICU where she has a CPAP, a feeding tube, an IV inserted through her umbilical cord where she was given antibiotics, and she spent 48 hours under the blue lights. Once she was strong enough she was transferred to the NICU on the Mayo Clinic Methodist campus across town. She spent 19 nights at this NICU where she learned to maintain her temperature, feed without the feeding tube, and grow. After many journeys to and from the hospital and many long nights at the hospital we were finally able to bring Clara home on Jan. 26th, 2019. She is happy, healthy and growing like a weed.