mommypeace: This blogger wrote about some of the challenges parents of preemies face, even after saying goodbye to the NICU, and how people process the ups and downs of prematurity very differently.
“Preemies don’t just go home from the NICU and magically transform into a healthy newborn. Families often face numerous, continuing specialist visits, special equipment, special feeding requirements, and isolation from their family and friends for protection from deadly viruses, such as RSV. Every family has their own unique journey.”
Handpicked Miracle: This blogger wrote about what it means to miss so many of the celebrations and rituals that we ready ourselves for when we’re expecting – and how to reclaim them.
“For this Parents of Preemie Day on May 4, 2014, my message to preemie parents is this: celebrate you. No matter how far along you are in the preemie journey – if your baby was born 2 hours ago or 2 years ago – celebrate you. Without you, none of this would be possible.”
The Potter’s Preemies: This blogger wrote about what it means when prematurity comes into your life not once but multiple times, and how helping others can help parents of preemies process those experiences.
“Today, the four of us had the opportunity to serve breakfast to the parents in the NICU where Landen was born. It was truly a blessing! Looking back to when I thought I was alone when Braden was born, I realize how wrong I was. God was right there with me, and now He is showing me and working through me, through us, how to be there for other parents in the same situation.”
Jack Ryan’s Journey: This blogger wrote about how profound experiences like premature birth change you – not just how you react but how you interact with others.
“I know I am not the same person I was before Jack was born. Some might not like the new me, but I do. Some might think that allowing something as profound as prematurity to impact the rest of my life is somehow wrong or inappropriate. I wholeheartedly disagree. Parenting a preemie has allowed me to let go of a lot of expectations about what life is supposed to be like and has provided me the opportunity to respond to people in a different way than I ever thought I would, especially others experiencing their own profound events.”
Destiny Brought You to Me: This blogger kept her post short and sweet, reminding preemie parents that they are amazing even when they don’t feel like they’re very important at all.
“We stand strong for them even when inside, every part of us is crumbling. If someone breathed in our direction, we felt like we may topple over and break into a million pieces yet every day we got out of bed, went to the hospital and fought every battle that day with our little ones. A preemie parent meets many superheroes along their journey, from their little superhero fighter to nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, etc but know that every time you met one of those superheroes, they also met a superhero in you!!!”
My 30 Project: This blogger shared her story, which is a reminder that outcomes are not always what we want or expect or wish for.
“In the moments that Reece was born it was just me and him, and for the 6 minutes he was alive and with us on this earth before departing for heaven the only thing he knew was my touch. He grew within me for 5 months, and in the 6 minutes he was alive on the outside I was all he ever knew. He lived in my body from the moment of conception, and he took his last independent breath while cradled in my hands. Let that weigh on you for a moment. It’s heavy. I have. There was so much beauty and sacredness in those brief 6 minutes. I watched his whole existence before my very eyes, before the sound of the paramedics running up my stairs broke me from my new birth haze.”