Meet Alexander and Matthew. They were born on April 1st (of course they would be April Fools Day babies for everything they put us through during pregnancy, more on that later). They came to this world via emergency C-section at 10:54 & 10:55pm at 33 weeks gestation. They got to spend 3 weeks in the NICU for feeding and growing. Our little Matthew was born at 2 lbs. 12 oz. and Alexander at 4 lbs. 13 oz. Since we had had some complications during pregnancy they had received 2 rounds of steroids and thankfully did not need any oxygen support. Just IV antibiotics, NG tubes to help them feed.
If you have spent any time in a NICU you know how stressful it can be to have to leave your babies everyday in the capable hands of nurses. You call several times through the night to check on them and then without sleep you get up and go sit with them all day again.
In the NICU there are lots of good and bad days fortunately for me I knew ahead of time that I was going to have preemies so I was able to look up a lot of tips and what to expect before it actually happened. (Again I will get to that story another time since it’s a long one). So my tips for NICU moms even though it is hard trust your nurses and their ability to take care of your little one. They usually know what they are doing (however if you feel something isn’t right always ask for the charge nurse to reevaluate them). Take the time you need to heal while your baby is in the NICU so you are ready to care for them when you get home. If you are there for a long period of time don’t feel bad to take a day off. You need to take care of yourself so you can take care of your little one(s). Lean on your support system and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Go out to lunch or dinner because that doesn’t happen much once they come home 🙂 Take lots of pictures because you will want to remember this part of your journey.
My little guys are 4 months tomorrow now and while that chapter of our lives is over I will always remember our nurses and staff that helped care for our little boys.