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Oct
25
2013

NICU Gift Bags – Christmas 2013

So I thought I might just post this for many who are considering doing gift bags for families in the NICU over the holidays.  Spencer was born on Black Friday 2009 and we weren’t released until 64 days later so spent Christmas and New Year’s in the NICU (and yes, that’s Spencer in the picture in the stocking).  We had a few former parents bring us small gift bags by and it meant the world […]

Jan
16
2013

March for Babies 2013

I have now participated in two March for Babies events and have been impressed.  Not only that, the first year I ran into someone I knew and I didn’t know she was a preemie mom and she had no idea that I ran It’s a Preemie Thing! Last year was the first year I decided to make shirts for other teams, and it was amazing how many folks across the US bought shirts…and I even ended up making shirts for […]

Dec
2
2012

Holding Gianni

I received this from a fan of IAPT and had to share!!  I am the mother of a 28 weeker preemie who is now 6 years old. My niece who is 10 years old has written a wonderful paper for her homework assignment about my sons birth and being premature. By: Arianna Raimonde Date:  11/11/12      Have you ever gotten to hold your baby cousin that is a miracle baby?  I have, and this is […]

Nov
4
2012

Could you have PTSD?

Could You Have PTSD? By Sue L. Hall, M.D. Can the smell of hand sanitizer instantly transport you back to a particularly challenging day you experienced in the NICU, bringing tears to your eyes?  Is it difficult for you to even drive past the hospital where your baby was in the NICU?  Do beeping noises or ambulance sirens make your heart race?  Are you awakened by nightmares or troubled by recurring flashbacks to frightening days […]

Sep
11
2012

Welcome to Holland

WELCOME TO HOLLAND by Emily Perl Kingsley (1987) I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this…… When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your […]

Jun
25
2012

Pre-Parenthood Ideas now a reality check

  I’m sure not everyone can share in my “I’m going to be the perfect parent” thoughts, or maybe you did, and you are one of the rare ones that has a perfect angel and get to continue to live in that dream…but not me.  Before I became a parent, I remember going to a restaurant and hearing a child scream or have a melt-down and would think “Get control of your child!  Seriously?  Can […]

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