Natalie's Preemie, Andrea, was born at 25 weeks 2 days weighing 1 lb 15 oz. She was so tiny, her and her husband were too scared to pick her up or even do her "cares." Andrea spent 9 weeks in the NICU and came home before her due date. Now, when we share our story, people cannot believe how big and healthy she is!
Joi's Preemie, Alexander, was born at 25 weeks and 2 days weighing1 lb 14 oz. She could fit his head in the palm of her hand! Alexander spent the first 4 months of his life in the NICU hospital at two different hospitals and the next 2 months in a children's hospital. But he is now healthy and strong!
We remember how trying it was to be a NICU parent. The stress of having a less than healthy baby, the strain of traveling between home and hospital, the physical weakness after giving birth, sleep deprivation, and the pain of having to leave our babies at the hospital were all very real. With all of those physical and emotional stressors, who has time to plan meals? Who considers going out for a movie or a dinner date? We certainly did not. But those things are so important.
We started Preemie Moms Rock for those reasons. We've found that NICU parents (particularly Moms, because we are Moms) neglect themselves. Forgetting to eat and having to grab fast food. Never unplugging to take some time away from the stress. Through Preemie Moms Rock, we hope to provide meals, opportunities to get away, and hopeful conversation to Preemie Moms and families.