You know that hour moms and dads are given to bond with their baby right after they are born? The Golden Hour, it's the first time a mother gets to carry her child and hold them to her chest. That was something I was most excited about and looking forward to my whole pregnancy. As … Continue reading Chapter Seven: Many the Mile(stones)
One thing that everyone always told me while Scarlett was in NICU was to remember to "take care of myself". Scarlett was in excellent, capable hands and while my being there was necessary and extremely beneficial for the BOTH of us. I knew it was important to take care of my self too. In the … Continue reading Chapter Six: Finding Balance
At first, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can be a very intimidating place. But when your stay is as long as Scarlett's was, you get to know the staff really well and it becomes something like a second home...almost. Within the first couple of days, Scarlett became extremely sick. Almost immediately she had developed an … Continue reading Chapter Five: A Whole New World
A week before I had Scarlett, I took a second field trip down to L&D. I was terrified all over again; the only thing I kept thinking was, “God please don’t let her come out. She’s still not ready.” On the way down they called NICU and one of the Neonatologists met with me. I … Continue reading Chapter Four: First Impressions
I guess I should probably start out by telling you that this was my third time down to L&D - within those TWO WEEKS. So, I can understand WHY it took so long to convince my nurse in antepartum to call the doctors in. But we all know our bodies best so when things don’t … Continue reading Chapter Three: Ready or Not, Here She Comes!
When you discover that you are going to be a mother, everything changes for you. At least for me, it did (but I'm sure it does for MOST women). All you care about or even think about is taking care of that tiny life inside of you and keeping them safe. After my surgery, I … Continue reading Chapter Two: One Day at a Time