The days are getting longer and cherry blossoms and tulips are blooming. For most people these are signs of spring. If you’re a parent of a preemie, these aren’t just symbols of something new. These changes in nature signal the end of cold, flu and RSV season. We brought my son, Theo, home from his […]
The National Sleep Foundation is celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week March 6th through March 13th, to raise awareness for the health benefits of sleep and its importance to safety and productivity. If there’s one thing new parents (and parents of preemies) have in common it is lack of sleep. A 2014 study showed that new moms were still sleep deprived after eighteen weeks of giving birth. There are hoards of articles with sleep tips for parents and recommendations for how many hours of sleep babies and toddlers need, but what if they don’t help? [Read more]
I won’t lie, being a NICU parent was hard. I cried a lot. It was also surprisingly rewarding. The longer your baby is in the hospital, the harder it gets. My son, Theo, a 27-weeker, spent over 200 days in the hospital, 120 of them in the NICU. Even though he seemed healthy, Theo still required too much oxygen support to go home and we had to watch countless babies (many born after him) pack up and head home with their families. It was frustrating, but my husband and I made the most out of a lousy situation by expanding our emotional support team and doing self care. [Read more]
My preemie, Theo, never latched, so I exclusively pumped for over sixteen months, ending only because my supply stopped. During that time I logged many hours (many of them in the middle of the night) with my Kindle, devouring books and binge-watching TV shows. I’m a librarian by trade and it is my job to offer […]
We were graciously given onesies for review. All opinions are that of the blog contributor. Don’t forget to visit the end of the post for the giveaway!
Inspired by the premature birth of her niece in 2013 Ruby, Teresa Skrepenski was inspired to create Baby Bubbles, a clothing line of onesies and interchangeable Velcro patches with traditional and cute messages like “Baby Trucker” or “Daddy’s Girl.” Baby Ruby weighed 2 pounds, 1 ounce and was 14.5 inches long at birth and her early start even inspired the name. The name Baby Bubbles is a take on how preemie babies begin their lives. Skrepenski said, “When preemies are born they begin their lives in an incubator (bubble), where their environment is controlled and sterile.” [Read more]