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

My Preemie Did Not Graduate From Early Intervention

My preemie just finished his first few weeks of preschool. After a rocky first few days, everyone says he is doing just fine. I was so surprised to hear that, considering neither one of us handles transitions well. (I think having a certain stuffed blue Rhino with him helped.) I am also surprised by how […]

Waiting for Your Preemie to Walk

“Wait!” and then, “no, this way!” is all I seem to be yelling now once my son and I are out the door in the morning. I am trying to rush him to the car, but, as is the case with most toddlers, he has a mind of his own. He almost always heads for the yard instead of the car. “Stick!” he will proudly exclaim, holding said object and waving it around proudly. I must admit I have to try very hard to stop myself from yelling “hurry up! we’re late” even though I am almost always running late. When you’ve waited this long for your child to walk, you really can’t bring yourself to tell them to “hurry up,” can you? I mean, did you ever imagine the day you’d be telling him to “hurry up”? [Read more]

Grandma is Hurting, Too!

Not too long ago I suddenly stopped dead in my tracks when I overheard a conversation between two women at the library where I work. The first woman asked the other one how her granddaughter was doing. All I heard were the words “preeclampsia,” “they had to take her early,” “29 weeks and 2lbs 6oz.” I couldn’t believe it! Other than the fact that they were talking about a baby girl, they very well could’ve been talking about my son and I. [Read more]

{Professional Insight} Does Your Child Need Occupational Therapy?

Just because your child spent time in the NICU does not necessarily mean they will have sensory concerns as an infant, toddler, preschooler or elementary age. It does increase their odds that a child may have sensory concerns. [Read more]

Returning to the Hospital After NICU

Running through your house trying to pack for an unexpected stay is challenging and also scary. Your mind will be racing and it’ll be a challenge trying to get your thoughts together. Whether you are getting ready for an expected stay or packing on the fly, here are 10 ways to prepare if you are returning to the hospital after a NICU discharge. [Read more]