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“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Chances are, if your child spent some time in the NICU, there are delays and obstacles and complications that they have had, or will have to overcome.  Don’t let comparisons to healthy, uneventfully birthed children steal the happiness you find in your own child.  Try not to allow the “what-if”s to get the best of you.  Work hard to not focus too much on unachieved expectations because things for you have not gone the way they’ve been for others.  Celebrate what you do have, appreciate all that you’ve accomplished despite what’s been thrown in your path, and be proud of the strength you didn’t know you possessed.

Aimee Sprik About Aimee Sprik

Aimee Sprik (IL) is mother to Connor, born unexpectedly early at 26 weeks, in December 2008, due to an infection. Connor, with his parents, survived a complicated 120-day NICU stay, which changed their lives forever. Since bringing her son finally home, she's felt passionately about volunteering her time and resources to supporting fellow NICU parents, both at the hospital where Connor was born, and by co-founding Life after NICU, an online parent support forum now moderated by Hand to Hold. You can follow Aimee on her personal blog, Sprik Space, or send her an email.


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