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Summer Activities for Your Preemie

The sun is out. The weather is warmer. It’s finally summer! If you are anything like me, you worked really hard to keep your preemie home and safe from RSV and the flu all winter long. It’s time to reward yourself and your little one with some fun in the sun. First things first, give […]

Good Hand to Hold Hygiene Tips

May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day Okay, so we all know it’s important to wash our hands throughout the day, but do you really take hand hygiene that seriously? According to Judah G, Aunger R, Schmidt WP, Michie S, Granger S, Curtis V., “Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of handwashing, there is still room […]

Introducing an Older Child to the NICU

The NICU experience can be a bewildering and frightening experience for the parents of a premature or unwell baby, so imagine the idea of a NICU from a young child’s perspective.  One day mom is at home, caring for the child and the next morning mom is nowhere to be found after having to get up […]

Including a Sibling in a NICU Stay

My heart was torn in two when I realized that my second child would be in the NICU for a long while. How could I possibly include his older sibling in a NICU stay? Now I had two children and I wanted to be with both of them at the same time. The NICU makes […]

4 Ways I Helped My Older Children Deal with a Premature Sibling

I woke up that morning and felt “funny.” I couldn’t really put my finger on what was wrong. At only 27 weeks pregnant, I refused to let my mind believe that the back pain I was having was actually contractions. Curling up on the couch didn’t help, chugging glasses of water gave no relief, and […]