I was honoured to be a guest blogger back in September on Krysta Figueroa's site Due Dates Are Dumb.
At first I was nervous to put part of our story out there. Writing it was a journey. It brought up a lot of emotions and realizations that I had actually worked through a lot of our stay in the NICU already.
Even though it wasn't that long ago that I wrote the post, I look back and feel so glad that I did it. It has helped me see more of where I need to take care of myself. I know now that I can write parts of my story and the roof isn't going to cave in on me. And I also have a sense of healing from doing that work and taking the time for myself to process as I wrote.
If you'd like to read the post, check it out here on Krysta's site.
If you're interested in being a writer, message me. I'd love to chat with you about your visions.
Always sending Love,
Original post date: October 20th, 2017
Do you have a preemie in your life? When was it that you stopped thinking of their age in terms of two birthdays?
He is absorbing SO MUCH at this ripe ol’ age of 3 it is phenomenal! And this is why I want to stop. He has his own story after all.
This video shares the details of my self-imposed promise to myself and to him. Check it out…
Having a baby can be the most adventuresome part of any person’s life. Having a baby in the NICU can be the most traumatic.
I believe that I was supposed to be a trauma therapist before I had my son. I don’t think I could have recovered as quickly or known what was happening to me if I didn’t have that background knowledge. That time in the delivery room and the two months in the NICU was what has now sculpted my life.
Now don’t assume that because I was a trauma therapist going through a NICU experience things went smoothly for me, on the contrary, things were totally out of control! I can look back and just see it as an experience because I’ve done A LOT of healing and soul searching and looking at my son. There are definite times when I purposely have to access my trauma counsellor brain to ask some tough questions of myself and how I want to move forward.
So that’s where this blog post sort of stems from, from the...
Original Post Date: August 20, 2017
When we finally arrived home from the NICU, there was a huge adjustment period for the three of us. Skye is our first son and we had no idea what we were doing. Even though we’d been in the hospital with him for two months prior, he was now all ours! Hello baby!
In hindsight I could have asked for a lot more help and made that transition much easier for all of us. And that’s what this week’s video is all about.
Need some suggestions to tell loved ones how to help you once you’re home?
Do you know someone who is coming home from a NICU soon?
Take a listen and maybe some of my thoughts will be right up your alley or give you some ideas of your own.
This is my very first online video! Boy was I nervous and unsure of what to do. (Honestly I’m still a bit shaky, but hoping that will go away in time.) :)
You’ll find out a bit about me and what I first envisioned for My NICU Family.
You might get a good giggle as I stumble through some parts, but I hope you can feel the love I hold for you and all of our little NICU babes.
Here’s that video!