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{Book Review} Multiples Illuminated

If there had been a book like Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories & Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets & More when I was pregnant with twins, in the NICU, or at home caring for two infants, I would have eaten that up like a salted caramel chocolate bar. When you’re a NICU parent, the only people […]

Managing Multiples in the NICU? Don’t apologize.

When you are in the NICU with twins, triplets or higher order multiples, you are not only having to manage one baby’s health care needs, but two, three…It is going to be exhausting trying to keep things straight, who’s experiencing what, the times each baby will be having assessments, what medication they may need to be on, and then you need to get some sleep – have you tried sleeping when you have multiples (even a singleton) in the hospital? It’s hard! You may feel half-rested, as you try to sleep “with one eye open” or keeping your ears perked, half listening for the ring of your cell phone sitting by your head. You don’t want to miss anything, so it is hard to get your body to be at one hundred percent rest. [Read more]

Multiples with Multiple Discharge Dates

I suddenly knew in my heart the twins did not need to stay in the hospital together until each was ready to come home. The twins could come home one at a time, if that was how it was going to work out. [Read more]

How to Know When You’ve Hit Pediatrician Gold

The week before our twins were discharged from the NICU after 78 long days, we were required to submit the name of our pediatrician. We didn’t have one. And we had no idea where to start looking for one. We knew that we had some family in town who loved their pediatrician, but other than […]

Our Journey through the Neonatal Care Center

Daisy and Lily were born at 30 weeks 5 days. Daisy was 3 pounds 6 ounces her little sister Lily was 2 pounds 10 ounces. Lily’s stay in the nicu was 6 weeks while Daisy’s stay was 13 weeks. Daisy had NEC twice. Our journey home was long, and challenging. Making it home was the greatest gift I have been given. Being patient was hard, but the end result was worth every second spent in the Neonatal Care Center [Read more]