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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 […]

A Holiday Letter from Hand to Hold

Have social media and Shutterfly displaced the traditional holiday letter? Now that we can update Aunt Martha about Little Johnny’s record setting soccer goals and Little Susie’s tremendous accomplishments in band, gymnastics and field hockey through daily Facebook posts, what is left to share in an old-fashioned holiday letter? If you are anything like me, […]

6 Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for those experiencing grief. So many holiday routines and activities revolve around the gathering of family and friends.  Yet, bereaved parents may not feel up for celebrating as usual or embracing holiday traditions that they have in the past. Instead of feeling a sense of loss over […]

How the Grinch (aka RSV Season) Stole Christmas

It’s that time of year- family gatherings, gift giving, Christmas parties, and church services. The season of joy. But what happens when your medically fragile child is stuck at home, leaving you and your baby isolated during this joyous season? How do you answer those nagging questions from relatives eagerly awaiting to pinch those cute […]