Meet Meagan, Preemie Parent Mentor
My preemie(s) was born at: 34 weeks
Days spent in the NICU: 21 days
Current age of preemie(s): 6 months
Parent of Multiples: No
Our NICU Journey included: Covid restrictions, GERD, Early Intervention, feeding issues.
My strongest memory of our NICU journey was watching our little boy fight each and every day. He was so strong. He had no idea that he had been born in the middle of a pandemic. He knew nothing of what hoops his parents were jumping through to see him each day. He just had this amazing desire to thrive! He overcame so many obstacles.
I want to reach out to other parents, especially those who have faced the NICU during the COVID pandemic, to help them understand that they are not alone on this journey. I hope they know that there is always someone in their court, rooting for them and their baby. Things are hard right now, but it gets better.
Your little one/ones are warriors! They will fight with all their power each day. Never underestimate their ability.
This won’t last forever. No matter how difficult today is, tomorrow is a new beginning and you will get through this.
Every baby is different. Comparing your journey to another family’s is not usually helpful. Your baby is amazing and will hit those goals in their own time.
What I remember most about our NICU journey was seeing how strong our little guy is, seeing him fight every day and seeing him overcome so many obstacles.
I want to reach out to other parents and help other parents so no one ever feels alone. So they know there is always someone in their court rooting for them and their little one. So they know that yes it’s hard right now but it gets better, so never lose hope.
What are 3 things that every NICU parent/grandparent should know?
- Your little one/ones are warriors and will fight with all their power
- You will get through this no matter how difficult the journey is, you will get through it.
- Remember every baby is different, so never compare yours to another