September is NICU Awareness month.
I write A LOT about being in the NICU, but my hope is that in all of the repetitiveness I am able to shed light and hope for someone else. More times than I ever thought, I have received messages from people about a mama they know that is having her baby early and will be spending time in the NICU. I tear up every time because I started this blog for that exact reason. To share our journey and to show other mamas that they aren’t alone. I love that you all think of me when you find out about these amazing mamas. So, here we go again.
Being a first time mom in the NICU is one of the scariest things I’ve ever been through. It’s not quite how I imagined motherhood would begin. That is a place no parent ever imagines they will end up when they find out they’re expecting. It’s one of those things that you think won’t ever happen to you. Until it does. It’s life changing, traumatic, and an incredibly difficult journey.
It’s now been more than 6 months since we were in the NICU. And while I’m so grateful for the men and women that loved us during our time there, I’m even more grateful that we are no longer there. Nell fought really hard for the first month she was there and then continued to work so hard to learn everything she needed to learn before getting to go home. And now she’s thriving.
I joined Facebook pages so that I could ask for advice from other moms that had been or were going through the same thing. I stayed on those pages after we went home. I find myself in an entirely different mindset when I’m replying to posts now because I made it to the light at the end of the tunnel that everyone talks about.
So, what do I say to those mamas? Stay strong, mama. I remind them how strong they are. NICU mamas (and daddies) and babies are a different kind of superhero. The strength they have is unlike any other. Parents don’t know they have it until they experience it.
If this blog was shared with you because you’re in the same situation, I encourage you to read on. Mama, I am with you. Our situations may be different, but I know where you are right now. I know where your head and your heart are. I am here for you. Sometimes NICU mamas just need someone to listen. I’m a great listener.
If you’ve ever shared this blog with someone, thank you. Thank you for allowing me to be there for someone who doesn’t know what to do or where to go. The next steps are always so difficult. You’ve played a huge role in allowing me to be an encouraging voice and/or listening ear for a mama that needs it. Keep sharing. There’s nothing like knowing and feeling like someone else just gets it.
**Note: the easiest way to read our story:
For desktop users: on the right you’ll see where you can search. Search ‘where do i begin’. Click that post and begin reading. Once you’ve reached the end you’ll see the name of the next post on the bottom right. Click there and keep clicking there when you’ve reached the end of a post.
For mobile users: tap on the pink paper icon that sits just above the title. Scroll down until you see the search bar. Then, search ‘where do i begin’. Click that post title and begin reading. Once you’ve reached the end you’ll see the name of the next post on the bottom right. Click there and keep clicking there when you’ve reached the end of a post.**