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Letter to NICU parent

I am not surprised, but I am overwhelmingly encouraged to see that there are other organizations that are dedicated to helping parents make it through their time in the NICU.  I found this letter, and it is inspiring and perfect in almost every way so I wanted to share. Because HOPE is needed every day, whether its day one in the NICU or day 564. There is no straight line to walk, there is no NORMAL in the NICU.  So, for those who want to support those they know who are fighting this fight and who are wondering what they could do, click through the link above to read the letter on the blog Life With Jack. PRINT this letter and give it to the ones who need it. It will matter and it will make a difference, if only for a moment, I promise you it will. 

Cheers & Hugs

I want to remember this…

Something I bet you would never expect a parent to say; and it’s BEAUTIFUL.

Expecting the Unexpected

They called us back to the NICU.  We had been back in my labor room, away for only a few minutes and had spent the time calling family to tell them to come now; her time was short.  It is never a good sign to be called to the NICU.  Her oxygen sats were dropping.  Her chest xray showed a collapsed lung and another leaking air.  She looked so purple lying on the warmer.  Beeps of machines.  The whoosh of the ventilator.  Her oxygen levels flashed on the screen…58…54…55…54.   Those numbers should have been in the 90s; when we left they had been holding steady in the 80s.  I took it all in… my baby was dying.  They sat me in a comfortable chair and put up a privacy screen, perhaps so other families wouldn’t witness our suffering, perhaps so we could have our pain in private.  From where I…

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How To Stay Sane In The NICU

So So true. All really great points. It’s up to you if you feel emotionally ready to talk to other parents at get togethers, but I agree with finding a way to disconnect from the baby’s isolette if only for 15 good minutes. It’s hard to pull yourself away, but it’s necessary for everyone’s sanity. Warning: this is SO MUCH harder to do than it sounds, but you can do it.

Rockstar Preemies

Having a baby in the NICU is an intense experience that hits you like a giant slap in the face.  Then it waits for you to shake it off, and it dropkicks you in the stomach.  Not only are you heartbroken and terrified and desperate to see your baby grow and develop and eventually be discharged, you are also constantly on the verge of losing your mind completely from the stress and exhaustion and worry and all the emotional ups and downs.

The good news is that there are many (many!) of us who have been through it, and we’ve learned a few things about how to hang in there.  And while no families have the exact same experience, there is a lot of overlap in how parents tend to feel during a NICU stay.  So if you are pregnant, have a baby in the NICU, or know someone who does, hopefully this…

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