Previously, Carolyn Callahan took us inside the neo-natal intensive care unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center.In part two of this two of this look into Maine’s premature births, Carolyn introduces us to a family from Old Town that has had two premature babies in less than three years.”Are you ready?” “Yes! Yaaay!!”Meet two-year-old Austin Pate. Austin was born 2-and-a-half months early.”It was terrifying to say the least. It was scary because nobody can tell you that it’s going to be ok because they don’t know that it is. They don’t know how he’s going to be when he’s born.”Austin weighed in at just 2 pounds, 10 ounces.”He was so tiny that he really had to fight, so pretty scary.”Austin went straight into the neo-natal intensive care unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He was there for 56 days. 56 Days his parents couldn’t hold him and take care of him.”It makes me feel like I wasn’t a dad. I’m no different than anybody else just coming to visit him. I look forward to the every three hours when I get to change his diaper and hold him for half an hour or an hour. That was the most I got to look forward to on any given day, and that was tough.”Austin had some breathing issues, but now, he’s a healthy 2-year-old.”At his last well child check up they said he’s caught up and even ahead in some areas, so we feel really fortunate about that.”Earlier this year, the pate’s decided it was time for baby number two. They knew there was a chance this baby could also be born early…and he was.Little Benjamin was born at just 30 weeks and weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces. He spent 36 days in the NICU.But things moved a little faster than they did with Austin.”He was breathing on his own after a couple of days, and that blew us away.””With Austin, it was that real roller coaster ride. It was he’d do well for a little bit and then we’d have a set back. With him it was all smooth sailing. Things just kept getting better and better and better.”The Pates are a happy healthy family. One that realizes how fortunate they are to have not one, but two healthy premies.”I know how lucky we are and I know there are so many that are not so lucky, so if we can help to raise money for research that could help save some of those babies then that’s something I definitely want to be involved in.”The pate family is very involved with the March of Dimes, an organization that’s committed to working for stronger, healthier babies.For more information on the March of Dimes, you can visit marchofdimes.com.