Parenthood is an emotional journey. It’s even more of a whirlwind when your baby is born prematurely, or ends up in the NICU instead of coming home.
When my son was born 11 weeks early, I felt alone and terrified. Sure, I had my husband to support me, but the two of us handle stressful situations completely differently, and he hadn’t the slightest clue on how to handle what had happened to us any more than I did! I searched for help and reassurance that I was not alone in this, but my results were fairly limited. I knew there were other women like me, but it seemed that nobody was vocal about it! I don’t have the most current statistics, but it seems that every 1 in 10 women go in to labor early, yet it’s not a commonly discussed issue! I want to change that. I want women to know they’re not alone, and I want them to know that their NICU/preemie parent life doesn’t stop when Baby comes home. Being the parent of a baby born early changes you, not necessarily for better or for worse, but it does change you.
My husband and I got married in 2011, and started trying for a baby in early 2017. We had a little bit of a rocky start, but were lucky and in October 2017 I got my positive pregnancy test. My son was due on June 21st, 2018 but was actually born on April 7th, 2018. Now, our son is home and so far has not shown any signs of any delays other than being small for his age, which is incredible considering he was almost 3 months early!
I plan to write from my heart in this blog.
I want to write about the struggles I had while my son was in the NICU, as well as the milestones reached and celebrations we had. I want to share my struggles as a mother, not only to a preemie, but as a mother in general! I am new to this momming thing, and I have a lot to learn. I hope you will follow along with me, and with my guest authors, as we travel through this emotional journey called parenthood.