Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

Celebrating Holidays in the NICU

Our family spent our first set of fall and winter holidays in the NICU. As a tracheostomy patient, our daughter graduated to the PICU. We have celebrated every holiday at least twice in a hospital…so we know how to party! Here are a few things we did to make the most of the holiday seasons […]

Thankful for Tough Mothers

Since becoming a mom for the first – and last – time almost five years ago, I’ve experienced plenty of “bad mom” moments. Like letting my son eat ice cream for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. All in the same day. Or arriving home after picking him up from school and noticing I never buckled […]

7 Ways to Thank a NICU Nurse

Whether you’re currently in the NICU, ready to be discharged, or you’ve been out of the unit for months (or years!), showing appreciation for the NICU nurses who cared for your baby never goes out of style. September 15 is NICU Nurse Appreciation Day, but the gift ideas below can be used year round to […]

My One and Only Preemie

“Is he your only child?” or “Are you going to have anymore?” are two of my least favorite questions and also the two I am asked most often. I honestly wish the people asking understood how hard those kind of questions are for many parents to answer and especially hard for a parent of a […]

Are You Scared to Try for #2? Me Too.

When I was younger, people’s chosen family sizes always intrigued me. Why do they have that many (or few) kids? Why is there such a large age gap between those two children? Why am I 15 years old and dissecting other people’s family size? Of course now I know that most family sizes aren’t chosen, […]