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Happy Holidays from Hand to Hold!

From all of us at Hand to Hold, may your days be merry and bright! Wishing you and your families lots of love and light this holiday season. We at Hand to Hold are grateful for your support and generosity towards NICU families everywhere.   Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

The Warmth of a Grateful Heart

I am a Texas girl through and through. There is no time this is more apparent than in the wintertime. I hate being cold! Ironically, our family is gearing up for a white Christmas as we prepare to celebrate the holidays with my husband’s family in Michigan. What will keep me warm (other than my snazzy new red coat) is the gratefulness I feel for our volunteers, donors, staff and board who have given so much this year to insure NICU families feel the warmth of support during a difficult journey. [Read more]

Keeping Spirits Bright: Thriving During the Holidays

“It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year!”

While this traditional line conjures up feelings of warmth and nostalgia, for many the holidays can also be the most painful and confusing time of the year. This is particularly relevant for families who have/had babies in the NICU. The mixture of hope and loss, joy and stress, can cause a roller-coaster of emotion that leaves us wondering – what’s wrong with us, why can’t we just have our holly, jolly Christmas?

Being prepared and planning ahead of time can provide significant relief. Here are some ways to consider not just surviving, but thriving, during the holidays this year: [Read more]

Christmas with a Preemie: Expectations vs. Reality

It was our first Christmas as a family of four. As the end of October neared, I wondered if we would all be in the same place. Our daughter Haley was born at 29 weeks in September, and we knew right from the start she might not be home before Christmas. Because I am a big Christmas person, I just love the family time and all the memories we make, the cookies, and the music. I wanted so badly to be able to celebrate together. I worried if she did make it home, what would that mean for the rest of us? I definitely had a lot of fears and what ifs in my head! [Read more]

Surviving Isolation During the Holidays

So, you started isolation. You’ve loaded the pantry with the isolation artillery: Clorox wipes, masks, hand sanitizer, Lysol. You barely leave the house. You’ve become fast friends with the computer, your only link to everything happening outside your bubble. You and the family have settled into an isolation friendly routine. Limited trips in public, shoes off at the door, 2 minute hand scrubs, Lysol sweeps every few days and radar ears for any cough or sneeze within a 30 foot radius of your earshot.

And now? It’s the holidays. [Read more]