Preemie and NICU Family Support and Guidance

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25/12/2023

It's Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas from Preemie and NICU Family Support and Guidance ❤️💚🎄🎅✨️🕯🎄❤️💚🎅✨️🕯

25/12/2023

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25/12/2023

Merry NICU Christmas 🎄 ❤️ 🎅✨️

25/12/2023

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25/12/2023

SAINT NICU

'Twas the night before Christmas, in the neonatal intensive care,
all the babies were sleeping, while sounds of alarms filled the air.

The nurses making rounds, double-checking their meds,
while tucking the little babies, snug deep in their beds.
The stethoscopes were hung, by the preemies with care,
in hopes that they would all soon, be breathing room air.

When out in the hall, there arose such a clatter,
the parents came running, to see what was the matter.
Up from the desk, jumped all of the staff,
to make sure all was well, in each baby's Giraffe.

The respiratory therapist arrived on the double,
but the babies were all okay, on their oxygen and bubble.
The nurse practitioner was baffled, and exclaimed in a tiff,
"Is this really happening tonight? And on my THIRD shift?"

When what to their wondering eyes should appear?
But a man in a suit, who loved the babies so dear.
With a clipboard in hand, and a velvet satchel too,
they knew at that moment; he must be St. NICU.

He was dressed in red scrubs, from his tip to his toe,
and wearing surgical gloves, so the germs would not grow!
He was a jolly old fellow, with a few extra pounds,
but that didn't stop him, from making his rounds.

He saw babies in boxes, with tubes and with wires,
preemies and term infants, and their parent's desires-
To hold and to rock, to kiss and kangaroo;
they all had Christmas wishes, but only these few.

Snuggling the little one, he wrapped him so tight,
he handed the baby, to his mom with delight.
A smile arose from her mouth, with great joy,
for this was the moment, she dreamed of having, with her boy.

Visiting each baby, and their concerned parents too,
He knew right away, there was something special about the NICU.
Placing his hands, on each little head,
kissing their foreheads, he winked, and he said:

"Tiny babies so strong, with determination and might,
so this is where you come, to live and to fight."
"To breathe and to grow, and to learn how to eat,
what a difficult journey, but such an amazing feat."

He had a sparkle in his eye, and a hop in his step,
as he approached the incubators, and whispered secrets he'd kept:
"Precious little babies, you are loved, so dear,
by your parents, your nurses, and ALL the staff here."
"Keep fighting the fight, and showing your power,
and you will grow stronger, with each passing hour."

Decorating the hallways, with ribbon and tape,
he strung lights on the warmers, the ventilators, and drapes.
He smiled and waved, as he passed by the cribs,
and left presents of pacifiers, and cute little bibs.

His mission was simple, to bring joy where there's sorrow,
and to remind all of the parents, of a brighter tomorrow.
This Christmas may be spent, behind the walls of the NICU,
but there's love to be found here, and precious miracles too!

He brought hope to the families, and smiles to the nurses,
as he flew by the monitors, and placed Purell in their purses.
And with a twinkle and a twirl, he disappeared out of sight,
But not before he exclaimed, "Merry Christmas to all" and "keep up the fight!"

25/12/2023

What did the staff do for you to make the holidays special?

24/12/2023

For us we get to open 1 gift on Christmas eve and wait for Christmas day for the rest 💚❤

24/12/2023

Sometimes angels are disguised as kids with special needs

24/12/2023

Not all twins walk side by side, sometimes one has wings to fly

24/12/2023

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24/12/2023

This!!

23/12/2023

Take a moment to be proud of yourself for surviving the days that felt impossible! You and your little one are stronger than you know ♥️

23/12/2023

Sending love and light to those who are....💚♥️💚♥️💚♥️

22/12/2023

Preemiehood Thank you for sharing this NICU Inspired Christmas poem ♥️🎄💚

22/12/2023

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22/12/2023

Power Pumping can be so beneficial!

22/12/2023

Reshare from Memories from Preemie Adventures 🐧🐧

22/12/2023

PLEASE WAIT TILL YOUR DESIGNATED DAY BEFORE POSTING. EACH DAY WE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT GESTATION

Please share those little ones born between 25 weeks and 26 weeks ❤

22/12/2023

With 3 days left till Christmas 🎄 What did your kids ask for that they're not getting?

18/12/2023

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18/12/2023

Hahahaha 🤣

12/12/2023

Shout out to Ott from the Baltimore Ravens for showing his support to March Of Dimes!!!

12/12/2023

💜💜💜 NICU Terminology 💜💜💜

12/12/2023

Preventing RSV is key

11/12/2023

PLEASE WAIT TILL YOUR DESIGNATED DAY BEFORE POSTING. EACH DAY WE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT GESTATION

Please share those little ones born between 21 weeks and 24 weeks ❤

11/12/2023

At Overlake Medical Center & Clinics in Bellevue, a handful of newborn babies in the NICU had a special visitor swing by 🎅 Most of the babies will be spending their first Christmas in the NICU.

🎥: KOMO photographer Peter Mongillo

📸 Watch this video on Facebook
https://fb.watch/oSXZu7x6Sg/

11/12/2023

1. I’m better at rolling with the punches than I thought.Before Jax was born, I really liked plans. I liked crossing things off my list. Having a preemie threw that out the window! I learned right away what it meant to literally take it one day (or even one minute) at a time. Now, I’m able to just be with the people I love, rather than worrying about what comes next.

2. It’s really hard for me to accept help, but I’m so glad that I did. When Jax was born, I was struggling to put one foot in front of the other. I wasn’t used to this. I was always the “strong one.” But, I needed help. And thankfully my best friend and my sister saw that and they organized an entire community of support for our family. And suddenly, we had food to eat and our dog was walked. And our friends and family organized a benefit for us so we wouldn’t worry about how we would stay current on our bills. And I stammered and hemmed and hawed and I finally said…thank you. And a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. Now, I’m more willing to give and receive help.

3. It really bothers me when people say things like “Well, you should be happy he’s alive!” and “At least he’s here now.” And “What’s the big deal? He’s fine now!” when they say this, it feels like they are discounting our experiences. I know people are probably trying to focus on the positive future, but it makes me shut down. When someone says something like this I truly know they will never “get it.” Now, I understand that not everyone has to get it.

4. I believe in Guardian Angels. I’m convinced that Jax’s guardian angels were with him every step of the way. Science, technology, and skill all played a huge part in saving Jax’s life, but there were days that I could feel them. Now, I see my mom and father-in-law everyday in the rays of sunshine.

5. Being a parent is the hardest job I’ve ever done. I worry. A lot. Now, I know that karma is a bitch and that I put my parents through hell!

6. I’m not actually cut out to be a stay-at-home mom. I love being able to be with Jax all day. I love teaching him and helping him. But I do not like all the other stuff that goes along with it. I hate paperwork and I’m really far behind at keeping it all organized. My house is a mess. I had big plans to make healthy food every night for our family, but I gave Jax a hot dog for dinner 3 times last week instead. I’m too tired. I miss weekends! Now, I appreciate the value of a career.

7. Sometimes the strongest people are the people you least expect to be strong. Jax proved that to me time and time again. Here was a tiny baby who weighed barely a pound…and he was in that incubator flapping his arms and moving his head and furrowing his brow…and he was fighting! Now, I don’t doubt what people can do.

8. I think the only thing keeping me from spiraling into depression or being swallowed by PTSD is my built-in positivity. I often catch myself feeling anxious. This isn’t new to me…I’m generally an anxious person. However, after Jax, it’s harder for me to calm myself down with deep breaths and a walk. I feel depression and PTSD knocking at my window. The only thing keeping them out is my built-in ability to see the positive side of things. I could let my anxiety, depression, and PTSD overpower me. But, it is in my nature to walk on the sunny side of the street instead. But some days those shadows just follow me. Now, I know that it is not always going to be easy to see the positive.

9. I’m (not so secretly) hoping that the blog and volunteering at Children’s Hospital will open up some other avenues for me. Even during Jax’s time in the hospital, I knew that I wanted to, needed to, be involved with helping others deal with a child’s hospital stay. I’ve been telling our story and volunteering, but, eventually I’m going to have to make some money! I hope that I can find a way to continue following my passion to help. Now, I will trust that an opportunity will open up for me.

10. I feel blessed to be able to share our story through this blog. I never thought I’d end up a blogger. But when a preemie mom reaches out and lets me know that she’s “been there” or when a parent tells me that a post helped with her own child, it makes my heart swell up and it makes me want to write more. Now, I know that I am not alone.

Parents – how has having a preemie or a child in the hospital changed you? Do you feel stronger than you did before? What have you learned?

Link to blog ⤵️⤵️
https://anearlystartblog.com/2013/09/10/how-having-a-preemie-changed-me-10-things-ive-learned-about-myself-and-about-life/

11/12/2023

Where are all of our military families? Hoping that our service Men and Women have a wonderful holiday season


08/12/2023

Kangaroo care is so important 💜

08/12/2023

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08/12/2023

This!! 💜💜💜💜

08/12/2023

Their story is so much bigger!!

08/12/2023

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08/12/2023

When you are the parents of a micro preemie 💜

07/12/2023

Reflexology can be so beneficial!

07/12/2023

For those who's little one didnt make it home ❤ We are here for you and offer our condolences on this tragic loss

07/12/2023

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07/12/2023

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