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Seven Things this Preemie Mom is Thankful For

coverphotoSometimes, the spirit of thanksgiving almost topples me over. I am the proud preemie mom of a 24 weeker miracle, and like most “PMs”, I once spent months of my life staring at my heart through an incubator. Before my child had the chance to experience the world, he had the task of fighting like heck to stay in it. It was hard to watch, and hurt me to the core of my soul. Prematurity is a pathway into parenthood that no mother or father ever expects to travel. I only experienced 24 weeks of my first pregnancy, and I longed for the other 16. In the first few days after he was born, it was impossible to see the good in any of it. I fought to get up and out each morning, in spite of my sadness. It was the lowest point of my life.

dayyouwereborn After five long months, mountains of sickness and a few surgeries, my son Jharid finally came home in September of 2012. Those first two Thanksgivings and Christmases after he came home were difficult holidays; he was in isolation for RSV season and therefore so were his dad and I. Honestly, between his early birth and where we are now, 2 and a half years later, there are a plethora of things I could be bitter about. I am sure most preemie parents can make a list longer than Santa’s. The last thing a parent wants to do is see their child struggle. But that is not the way to properly raise a miracle.

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So your preemie has GERD. Now What?!?

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I’m sure by now you know the sinking feeling you get when other moms come at you with the “my baby had reflux too” stories. First, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is one of the most common problems … [Continue reading]

Hope During a Medical Crisis

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I was keeping hope that it would be good news; our family didn't need another medical crisis. But when the doctor called that day, my heart sank. It isn't a good sign to get results from a brain MRI almost immediately. People told me to "stay … [Continue reading]

Five Tips for Preemie Nutrition

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Does your preemie have eczema, allergies constipation or reflux? Maybe these are just things that you want to avoid? It's never to late or too early to begin getting your preemie on the best track nutritionally. When my preemie was born I thought I … [Continue reading]

Congratulations to Our 2014 Preemie Power Contest Winners

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We are pleased to announce the winners for Hand to Hold’s Fifth Annual Preemie Power Photo and Essay Contest during Prematurity Awareness Month.  Families who entered their children represented 32 states in the U.S. and we received entries from as … [Continue reading]