Dear NICU parent,
First of all, congratulations on bringing life into this world! I don’t know how you got to this point. Whether your labor was long or short. Whether this moment was a surprise or a day that you have been anticipating after months on bedrest. I do know that it is ok to have all sorts of feelings, good and bad about how you got to this point.
I know it’s normal to feel sad that you missed your own baby shower or anxious because you don’t have the nursery ready. I know it’s scary to think you didn’t have the full 40 weeks to prepare for your birth, for your baby. But more than anything, I know the feeling of walking into that NICU and seeing your tiny baby hooked up to wires. I know the helpless, angry, and terrified feeling of seeing your child in an isolette. [Continue reading]