As weeks turn into months in NICU, micropreemie’s parents wonder: What does a miracle look like? Newspaper icon Email Plus Outline icon

The surgeon sewed our baby shut. The neonatologist rose from her prayer rug. Then a nurse returned our tiny daughter to the quiet of her incubator, and we made our bargains with God. That night, Dr. Fauzia Shakeel had trouble sleeping and logged into the All Children’s Hospital network to check on Juniper. Nurse Tracy Hullett picked up an overtime shift so that if our daughter died, she’d know she’d done all she could. Tom and I arrived at the hospital early, walked past the kids climbing the pelican sculpture, past the painted hot air balloons. I wondered if, by the time we left that night, I’d no longer be a mom. Dr. Shakeel stopped by Juniper’s incubator that afternoon, where I sat curled, pale and fetal, in the chair. “Babies are very, very resilient,” she said. I had my chin on my hand and was rocking like a mental patient. Dr. Shakeel wrapped her arm around me. Juniper didn’t die that day and she didn’t die the next. She didn’t die all that week. I was terrified that she’d die on Mother’s Day, but she didn’t. Maybe the simple act of cutting her open had relieved pressure in her abdomen, allowing ...

The W. P. Carey (NYSE:WPC) Share Price Is Up 26% And Shareholders Are Holding On

Want to participate in a short research study? Help shape the future of investing tools and you could win a $250 gift card! When you buy and hold a stock for the long term, you definitely want it to provide a positive return. Better yet, you’d like to see the share price move up more than the market average. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC) share price is up 26% in the last five years, that’s less than the market return. However, if you include the dividends then the return is market beating. Some buyers are laughing, though, with an increase of 22% in the last year. While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time. During five years of share price growth, W. P. Carey achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 8.8% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 4.7% over the same period. So one could conclude that the broader market has become more cautiou...