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Giving Back: NICU Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

In 2010 my daughter was born fifteen and a half weeks early, making her February due date give way to a November birthday. Spending our first Christmas with our first child in the hospital, still unsure of whether or not we would ever bring her home, was incredibly difficult for us. The holidays were so hard that year, our situation looked so dim compared to all of the merry and bright outside of the hospital walls.

Now Scarlette is five years old, and every year on Christmas morning we visit the NICU where we spent our first Christmas with her as a family of three and deliver gift baskets to each of the families in the unit. It has become such a special holiday tradition in our family, and I love packing the gifts with her as an expression of gratitude for our journey. [Read more]

Free Printable :: Advice for Parents in the NICU

In February, we asked our followers: “What advice would you give to a parent/family currently in the NICU? What words of hope and encouragement would you share? What is something you wish someone had told you during your NICU stay?” Here’s what they said… (click on the image to see it larger) We took these […]

Practical Advice for Current NICU Families & Parents of Preemies Day

In February, we asked our followers: “What advice would you give to a parent/family currently in the NICU? What words of hope and encouragement would you share? What is something you wish someone had told you during your NICU stay?” Here’s what they said… (click on the image to see it larger) We took these […]

Parents of Preemies Day

Are you doing anything special to celebrate the first ever Parents of Preemies Day? We did.  🙂 This morning, our two families met up at Rush-Copley to assemble gift bags for current NICU families.  Then, Kelly and I were able to go into the NICU to deliver them.  The dads plus Teagan and Connor were […]