The NICU is one of the toughest, most emotional experiences a person can have. Whether you have a partner or not, co-workers or friends, a nurse or a fellow preemie parent, you must have some type of NICU support to make it through.
No matter how strong you are, or think you are, you can’t do it alone. Some people are lucky enough to have a supportive partner or family to lean on, but even if you think you don’t have anyone, you really do. Whether it be a NICU nurse, the hospital counselor, or a stranger in a preemie forum, there is always someone you can talk to when times are especially tough.
Today’s micro preemie family realizes how important NICU support truly is. It may be hard to ask for help, but anyone in a life or death experience needs any help they can get.
You can be a strong support to your baby, if you don’t take care of yourself first.
I’m so happy to introduce you to Cole, as told by his mom, Brittany.
1. Tell us about your baby.
2. How long was your NICU stay?
What was the hardest part?
3.Do you know what caused your premature birth?
4.How are you and your baby/babies doing now?
Now, Cole is 10 months actual, 6 months adjusted. He is meeting his adjusted milestones and growing quickly. He weighs 16 lb and is 26.5″ long.
He started trying foods and has still been receiving breast milk thanks to many generous donations from friends after my supply dried up at 8 months old.
He has been cleared by his cardiologist until 2 years old when he will need another ECHO to evaluate his ASD. He was getting bi-weekly, then tri-weekly eye exams to follow his ROP after the injections but was cleared in August for any worry of ROP damage; he had a vision evaluation in a November when we will determine if he needs glasses or not.