Posts Tagged ‘preemies

14
Oct
15

Another Preemie Family

Recently, another set of preemie parents joined the club. Last Saturday, the hubby and I went and delivered a diaper bag stocked with preemie parent goods. A thermometer. Wet Ones, non-scented for sensitive skin. Unscented disinfectant spray. Hand sanitizer. Sensitive skin wipes and preemie and newborn diapers.

It was HARD seeing the hurt in that new mama’s eyes on the day she came home from the hospital without her little girl. We had driven south to help get the extra room done that they thought they had 7 or 8 weeks left to finish. On the drive home, I asked my husband if I looked like that on my discharge day.

We gave out new parent advice, but ours wasn’t about sleeping.

“You will check her breathing all the time. It’s normal for preemie parents, we still do at 3.5.”

“Ask the NICU nurses what nipples match theirs the best. It will make feeding and weight gain a lot easier when you get home.”

“Make sure you check the low end weight on your car seat. They don’t all go low enough.”

Hubby told the dad to invest in some v-neck white t-shirts to make kangaroo care easier.

My heart aches for them. I just hope we were able to show them they are not alone. That feeling of being SO ALONE and like absolutely no one understood was only second to missing our son while he was in the hospital every night.

Luckily, that sweet baby got to go home last night. I wish them a smooth transition home.

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10
Apr
14

Missing Out

Drake has been sick since early Sunday. He finished a round of the pink stuff, and 4 days later the cough was back. I put in a call to his pediatrician who advised a wait and see for a few days unless his condition worsened.

It is week of the young child at his school, so his teachers have planned a lot of fun special activities for the students. They had a trike-a-thon for St. Jude with bike safety scheduled for Tuesday, a pizza and ice cream party on Wednesday, a magician for Thursday, and a teddy bear picnic Friday. Drake usually attends on Wednesday/Thursday only, but they told me we could drop by for the other events if I wanted.

Tuesday, the fever was gone, but the cough was still in scary gross stage and it was damp so I kept him home. Wednesday he was a 98.4, chipper, and asking to go for “cream” so I took him to school. At 11:45, I got a call that he was saying his ear hurt in back and his temp was back up to 102. So I picked him up and got him into the ped’s office. Yep, 1st ear infection. 😦

Still feverish and snuggly today, but doing a bit better. It does make me think of that year in isolation and all the firsts.

I know it happens once in a while to all kids though. My brother broke out in chicken pox the day of the 1st grade zoo trip. I had a stomach virus in 8th grade when I was supposed to get to travel to Dallas with my enrichment class to see Phantom of the Opera.

At least, he’s too little to know he missed much. Like the Cubbies, there’s always next year!

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17
Oct
12

Moping

Yesterday was a rough day for me. I had plans to go out to dinner with 3 of my friends while my hubby took baby duties over for a night. However, one of the girls came down with a cold and another was just getting over a cold so I had to say no to attending.

As I sat at my desk feeling a little sorry for myself, I thought back to the last time I went to our favorite restaurant with these ladies in February. It was the Friday before my water broke Sunday night, and I either haven’t had the time or someone’s been ill so I haven’t seen them since. We’ve chatted over email, the phone and facebook. Just feeling a little lonely and isolated over here in preemie land.

I’m so glad my mom and dad are coming in for Drake’s surgery at the end of this month. I need some people who are “mine” desperately. I love my hubby’s family and friends, but it’s just not the same as having the people who have known you since childhood around…

A friend posted her 30 weeks pregnant picture today. I’m so happy for her, but it makes me weepy, too.

I’ve been so busy with work from home and Drake’s increasing ability to move around and need to be entertained that I thought I was over the “dumps”. Time to make a conscious effort to shake it off and keep moving forward.

 

 




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