Guest Author Post: A Boy and His Angels

No two people experience the NICU in the same way. For that reason, I love to post guest author entries, so that we can create a sense of “me too” when you find that person you share some similarities with.

My first guest author post was written about preeclampsia, which is not something I experienced during my pregnancy.

Today’s guest author post speaks of hope, miracles, perseverance, and love.

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Why I Follow My Mommy Intuition

When you bring a tiny human into the world it turns out, there’s no manual with the kid.

Whether your baby comes preterm like mine did, or exactly on your due date, or has to be evicted because he is just too comfy kicking your bladder, it’s a bit overwhelming becoming a new parent, or even adding your second or third or fifth!

Each baby is different, and it would be so nice if they would come out with a little “how-to” summary to help guide us through the struggles of breastfeeding, the sleep deprivation of overnight feedings and diaper changes, the stress of teething, and the mile long list of all the things that can and will happen throughout your baby’s life.

But no such luck. Of course not, because that would be too easy!

Luckily, there’s this handy-dandy thing that I absolutely believe is one of the best “tools” a mother can use…her mommy intuition.

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Pregnant Again, After the NICU

Making the decision to add to your family can be daunting, regardless if it is your first or fourth baby. Growing your family after having a baby in the NICU, is even more overwhelming and can even be quite terrifying.

Can I carry to term this time?
Will I have another preemie?
Are we going to have another NICU stay?
Is it safe to have another baby?
Can I go through this again?

My firstborn was born 11 weeks early and was in the NICU for 52 days, which isn’t too bad considering he came home 23 days before his due date. I have a condition, though, which I feel like almost guarantees that any future pregnancies will end with a preterm birth.

I want to have a second child, but I am so nervous to get pregnant again, after the NICU.

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Happy Birthday, Son

My husband enjoys videography as a hobby.

He made a video of my son’s first few days in the NICU, using a cover of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”, and then a video using the original song for his first birthday.

Below, I’ve posted both videos.

If your eyes start to spontaneously start leaking, don’t be surprised. Mine do every time I watch them (though, it is my kid).

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Understanding Preemie Development

One of the most exciting things about having a baby, is watching them grow, develop, and learn.

Our hearts sing when our baby smiles for the first time.

Our eyes well up with tears of joy as we hear our baby’s first laugh.

We celebrate as our baby sits up on their own, crawls, pulls up, stands, walks.

These are all exciting milestones that our babies achieve, but sometimes it can be a bit nerve wrecking for the parents of premature babies, as we wonder if our babies will ever check off those milestones.

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A Letter to my Mother-in-Law

Dear Mother-in-Law,

I hear horror stories all the time of women that don’t get along with their mothers-in-law. They complain about butting heads, receiving an overwhelming amount of unsolicited advice, criticisms when they do something differently than their mothers-in-law do, guilt trips when they don’t stop by with the kids every weekend, and countless other aggravating grievances.

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Frozen in the NICU

Time is such a funny thing. We all experience it differently depending on what’s going on in our lives, and yet, a day or week or year are all the exact same for us all.

Time flies when you’re having fun, but when you’re in the middle of a 60 second plank, it’s the longest 60 seconds of your life.

You find out you’re having a baby and time can’t slow down enough for you to get everything prepared. The weeks become months, and then before you it, it’s baby time!

At least, that’s how it should happen.

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Guest Author Post: Because of Preeclampsia

The world of preemies and NICU families contains such variety, and sometimes it’s hard for us to see how similar we all are, because we arrived at this place in such different ways.

My son was born via emergency c-section at 29 weeks and 2 days, and we’re not 100% why he came early (though we have suspicions).

I don’t fully comprehend preeclampsia, HELLP symdrome, PPROM, mulitple babies, micro preemies, tracheotomies; the list goes on. I can’t write on any of those topics, or a slew of others, from personal experience, because I have none.

Some of my warrior tribe (you!) do though, and I now have my first guest author blog!

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12 Popular New Year Resolutions and How to Keep Up With Them

It’s a new year, a fresh start, a blank slate.

With the new year, comes everyone’s resolutions. We all want to better ourselves, and what better time to start that transition with a fresh, new year?

Resolutions are wonderful, but many people give up on them by January 31st. It’s hard to make a drastic change in life, but not impossible. Getting started is the hardest part, and once we get moving, the momentum can carry us through.

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The Pit of Comparison

I wish I remember where I first saw the phrase “falling into the pit of comparison” but I love it, for many reasons.

Truthfully, it’s almost more of a swirling vortex of quicksand, doom, and depression rather than simply a “pit”, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, nor does it flow off the tongue as easily.

The Pit of Comparison doesn’t only apply to our babies, or our view of ourselves as mothers, but for this blog I’m going to focus on those two genres/topics because this is supposed to be a mommy blog after all.

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