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Welcome to my blog!
You’ll get a mix of written posts and videos from me. If you have an idea or topic regarding a NICU stay or post-NICU life that you'd like me to post on, please message me your thoughts.
With Gratitude & Love,
Leanne

One of the Most Accessible Tools: Gratitude

 

Do you think you take the people and things around you for granted? Sometimes I get a big moment of awareness that I haven't been very grateful for what's around me - air, my feet, my family. Giving thanks doesn't just have to be once a year for a holiday. It's a tool that brings so much into our lives. Check out my video and comment below. Love you tons, Leanne Rose

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What's Behind That Emotion?

 

So often we get stuck in something from our past and don't realize how it's affecting us in the present. Feeling like part of life isn't fitting anymore can be a good sign to help you take notice of this. Let me know what you think of this by commenting or sending me a DM. Love you, Leanne Rose

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Build Healthy Distractions to Create Happier Holidays

Uncategorized Dec 16, 2020

Right now we're getting ready to have holidays that are going to be very different. My son is excited about the baking, the presents and that he gets to stay home from school. My husband and I are wondering what it’s all going to look like not having the rest of the family around.

While you are making new plans and preparing to make things as warm and lovely as possible, you can have the grace and the beauty you hope for weaved into everything, if you so choose. Finding healthy ways to build on what you would like life to look like, is going to be extremely important. Become aware of the old habits that don't fit and find space to transform those habits using what I call mini-movements. Once you have found that isn’t working then your mind is going to open up a window or a door and give you more ideas and thoughts on how to make movements toward something new.

Supporting yourself, I can't say this enough, is essential. It's so important and one of the reasons that I...

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How To Find Yourself

I was honoured to join Ronja Sakata on her fabulous podcast/blog to talk about Finding Joy in life and How to find yourself. 

There have been so many times in my life when I didn't think I was on the right path or didn't understand the road that lay before me and I struggled. Working through those times and figuring out how to really come into being who I am has brought me to the joys that I feel today.

Here's the link for the podcast: https://www.joyismycompass.com/blog/ep23-leanne-rose-dorish

And you can let either Ronja or myself know if you have further questions you'd like us to explore together.

Tons of Love,
Leanne Rose 

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A Boy And His Angels

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,
Leanne Rose 

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The Release Of Two Birthdays

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…

 

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5 Things To Do At Home For NICU Post-Traumatic Stress

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.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova

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...

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How To Make NICU-to-Home Transition A Bit Easier

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. 

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My First Video! Come Giggle With Me…

nicu grad Aug 16, 2019

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!

Love Leanne

 

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