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P2P Christmas Party

Early this month we were able to bring our preemie to her very first NICU Graduates Holiday Party!  I have heard of Parent to Parent parties about twice a year since my preemie left the NICU, but we have never been able to attend.

This time we made it happen.  Our preemie is 4 years old, and this party was also her very first time to meet Santa Claus!  It was a fun little gathering and my girls made fruit loop necklaces, made their own Christmas ornaments, and ate Christmas cookies.

While there I was able to chat with my social worker again, and I’m pretty sure I saw one of my OTs.  I also got to visit with the family of a micro preemie who had been stationed right next to my girl in Room 1 of the NBICU.  How time flies.

Thank you, Parent to Parent, for the work you do to unite and support families of preemie babies!

Have you attended any NICU Graduate parties or Parent to Parent get-togethers?  How have they benefitted you?  Have you been a volunteer in any of these groups?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


  1. We were able to attend our Preemie reunion in September. It was fun, they had it at the local Children’s museum and we got in for free. It was fun, but I only saw 2 of our nurses and no other parents that we knew. I don’t know that we will go again.

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