Taking Steps

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. I was unaware of that until this year. I knew that it existed, but besides swelling I didn’t know the symptoms of it before I ended up suffering from it during my pregnancy. Another thing I was unaware of before this experience is that the high blood pressure from preeclampsia…

Springing Out: Ending Winter’s Quarantine

As cold and flu season wraps up here in the Southeastern United States, we have begun adventuring out into the great beyond, meaning out of our home. Its exhilarating. After nearly 7 months of almost total isolation, the sunshine, birds, and plants seem so awe inspiring. Our daughter’s reaction is sweet. She loves watching her…

PTBS – Post Traumatic Birth Syndrome

As a NICU parent, you learn to live moment by moment, squashing and internalizing so much stress into a compartment of your brain that you hope you never have to open and face it. Then, one day, after you get home, the stress clouds clear. Your body begins to attempt to ‘declutter’ its internal filing…

Post Partum Items

I never made it to my third trimester, but I did have to wear maternity clothes. Of more assistance to me after I delivered, ironically, were pants with a belly band because any kind of pressure on my c-section incision area was intolerable. Eventually, those pants became too large for me to wear effectively any…

Babies Can’t Wait, Feeding Clinics, Nutrition, and Bottles

When you’re an expecting parent, you might register for some bottles because they are the trendy thing to do. Before we had our daughter, I thought that glass bottles seemed like the way to go. Luckily, no one got us the LifeFactory starter kit that I wanted. Odd, how God watches out for you in…

Progress Report

  We got home from the NICU at the end of October 2016. While we were in the NICU (98 days of it), we really just focused on getting through the days and swept the stressful emotions we experienced under the proverbial rug. Now that we have been home for a while, all the nasty emotions…

Cold & Flu Season Quarantine: Both the Best and Worst Option

Everyone knows that being a parent means sacrificing. When your preemie leaves the NICU around cold and flu season, you are instructed that for your child to thrive without sickness, you should seclude yourself from large crowds and restrict visitation to your home. While this seclusion/quarantine is an effective method at preventing those life threatening…

The Feeling at Discharge: Yay! AHHHHHHH!

The big day is tomorrow. Our daughter is getting discharged from the NICU. While we did not make it out “tube and wire free” as originally predicted, the NICU staff feels confident that she will flourish under our care at home. While we were ELATED to get the news that she could go home, we…

Balancing Act

Today was one of those days. You know – the ones where you have mounds of bills in the mail that need paid, meals  that need made, the dishwasher is full (and so is the sink), but when you’re a NICU parent, there is an added wrench in there: your child is in the hospital, so you…

Its Not a Milk Stash. Its a Milk Reservoir.

I have now been exclusively pumping for 12 weeks and 1 day. I can count the number of times I have gotten to attempt breastfeeding on 1 hand. I am determined to make this work until our daughter is at least 6 months and weaning onto baby foods.I spend about 15-16 hours at my house,…

This time, hormones really are to blame.

I have been exclusively pumping for almost 3 months now because our daughter has medical issues that preclude her nursing – for now. She still gives it her best shot, so I am giving it my best shot to keep my milk supply in until she can get to it. I have been doing great,…

Formula for Frustration

We have reached the point of our stay in the NICU where we are focused on teaching and supporting our daughter in her progression towards feeding from a bottle. She struggles with this because of a few things. She has slight oral aversion. She also has natal teeth that are loose and hurt when she attempts…