Did any books impact you during your NICU experience? All this talk about @amazon #primeday got me thinking about my favorite books for preemie moms. I’m always looking to add to my list! - My personal recs: @mypreemiebabybook @gopreemies @me2books @smallbutmightynicu @peanutpreemiebook (review coming soon!) - You can take a peek inside these picks at the link in my bio! - What are your faves?
Sometimes when you’re feeling stuck, stifled, scared or stressed it’s good to shake up your routine. - Tonight, we played tourists in our own town. We explored the gardens of @philbrookmuseum and enjoyed delicious burgers overlooking the gorgeous estate grounds. - Though I’ve been here many times before I learned something new! Before the estate was a museum it was a family home. What I didn’t know—the lake was their swimming pool! Swipe left to see ⬅️ - What’s your favorite way to get away right in your hometown?
Have you ever thought about sharing your preemie mom story? Let’s connect! - Creating a campground for preemie moms to share stories of NICU life, life after NICU and everything in between is my main goal of @preemiemomcamp- - More details at the link in my bio or shoot me a DM for questions. - I hope you loved reading about #22weeker preemie mom @kierpowers this week. Her strong spirit and positive attitude, even after loss and two premature babies, is so inspiring! - Will you’re story be next? .
I always say preemie moms deserve a merit badge for all the things they learn and figure out in NICU. So this is my FAVORITE question to ask preemie moms in a profile story. - This week’s featured mom @kierpowers made me giggle with her response. So true! 😆 - “For keeping my cool when the alarms were going off so much that it sounded like the entire fire brigade was in my son’s NICU room. And for being able to hold my bladder for hours on end while I did kangaroo care.” - You can read her full story linked in the bio! - What merit badges do you think you earned in NICU? .
Infant loss. It’s a devastating part of many preemie mom stories, including mine. From the loss of a multiple to a baby born to soon, it’s something I hear more moms speaking up about. Especially about how scary it is to try again after loss. - If this is your story, you’ll relate to this week’s preemie mom. When Kieran Powers’ son, Beckett, was born at 23 weeks and five days, she was faced with the unthinkable: holding her son as he passed away in her arms after a short but fierce fight for life. - She would relive the same fear again when the following year she was put on bed rest at 20 weeks with a shortened cervix and had to deliver her second son, Lincoln, at 22 weeks and five days. - “He was impossibly small and impossibly perfect, just like his brother,” Kieran said. “We didn’t expect him to survive, so when I saw him moving his little legs and arms I was just overwhelmed with joy.” - Today, Lincoln is a healthy 14 month old hitting all of his milestones for his corrected age of 10 months. To moms currently in NICU she recommends, “Celebrate every milestone, no matter how small it might seem.” - Not only is their story heartwarming—Kieran is a wonderful writer! - Get to know @kierpowers and her son Lincoln’s incredible story linked in the bio! . . @marchofdimes
I have a confession. When my #32weeker was born we didn’t go on a family vacation for three years. We barely ate out! I wasn’t a super germaphobe. She just seemed so small and as my first baby everything felt—-harder. More complicated. More scary. So much effort and so much STUFF. Does that sound familiar? . When my #31weeker came along we were much more flexible. But I so relate to you mommas that just want to keep your preemie home and safe and life easier. Take your time. Give yourself grace. It WILL get better. . I say that but my now four year old #31weeker totally puked on me at the pool today so 🤷♀️ it may not get easier but at least you’ll get better at rolling with the punches 😆 . What about you? Did it take you a while to feel comfortable traveling with your preemie?