Saturday night snuggles! I am so thankful we are going on two weeks home! Jules is pretty much the easiest baby ever! His favorite place is with me, i can’t say i don’t blame him. I am grateful i get to be his mom! #preemiestrong#preemiebaby#boymom#babejules
My heart grew so much today because of these boys❤️The grocery store intimidates me with a wheelchair and shopping cart, how do people do it? As I looked back and forth at the shopping cart and wheelchair Declan looked up at me and said “Mommy, I’ll push Liam and you push the cart”. If he only knew how proud he made me today. Yes, Declan is 3 and he easily and enjoyably pushed his twin brother around the store in his wheelchair which made our shopping trip fun for him and less stressful for me. I wish I could make him understand what he did for me today and what an amazing little person he is turning into❤️
This is me, sitting in our son’s room. Preparing for his soon arrival. ❤️ For 28 days I’ve been a mom. For 28 days our son has been in the NICU. For 28 days I’ve simultaneously cried, and experienced joy at the same time. For 28 days I’ve shared my naked heart with God. Things don’t always happen the way we think they should. Doing my best to make the most of what’s been given. I’ll keep sharing the stories of the mountains I’ve climbed, and the valleys I’ve passed. In the words of Dr. Seuss “Oh the places you’ll go” 🌿
Today is probably one of my favorite days of the year. #nicureunion
Almost 5 years ago, against my hopes of carrying them further, I went into labor at 31.1 weeks. The NICU was well prepared- and had been waiting for me for weeks. They’d prepped the nurses and doctors for what to do. And it was seamless. They took my 4, most precious, miracles, and loved them, nurtured them, and eased me into being a mom of preemies. I’ve been able to keep in touch with many and see them throughout the year. The reunion is special because I get to see so many other families who are so grateful for the care of our hospital. Families celebrating life and honoring those not with us.
It is #nationalnicuawarenessmonth- and these 4 are a wonderful example of the works of the incredible doctors and nurses at @memorial_health level3 NICU. #grateful#proudpreemiemom#preemiestrong#nicugraduates#nicuawarenessmonth#nicubabies#nicumom
33 weeks 1 day. We made it to the first goal of not delivering before 33 weeks. Now, we have to make it til next Friday without me going into labor.
Today has been the first day that I’ve been allowed out of bed and not kept on 24 hour monitoring. We are at 1 hour monitoring three times a day unless something changes then we will go back to 24 hour monitoring. Not being able to leave this room is driving me crazy and my body hurts like hell from not being able to get out of bed but I know that every day we get through is a day safer for Skyler. This has been the hardest 4 days of my life with constant worry and overthinking and wondering what I could have done differently to not be in this situation. Mom and my aunt finally brought me some puzzles and coloring books to help keep me occupied and tomorrow, my little munchkins will be here to visit. I miss them so damn much. The amount of things thrown at me and the information I’m getting has been extremely overwhelming and I’m just trying to figure it all out one day at a time. I’m missing Trenton more than I can possibly explain and it’s so hard not having him here with me. My white blood cell count has gone up slightly since I was admitted so we are watching closely for any signs of infection in case induction needs to be started sooner. Every day that passes is a huge step but is also terrifying because of how much can happen in such a short time. My nurses have all been fantastic and attentive but 95% of my day is spent with them poking me and asking questions and being the only interaction I get up here. I’m just trying to slowly take this day by day and imagine what our little preemie will look like. 💙💜💙 #PreemieStrong#33WeeksPregnant#PreemieMom
I never lose. Either I win or I learn!
What a tournament! These two played for 1st place. Guess what happened? They lost the championship match & walked away with 🥈2nd place.
I should probably mention they battled a senior team as freshman and during game 2, the score went back to deuce 7 times!
Did they walk away with the championship trophy....nope, but they walked away with more experience which helps prepare them for next year.
Maybe this sounds familiar...
Have you ever applied for your dream job, but the listing says 1-2 years experience required? Maybe you’ve just graduated college or tech school & have no work history yet. How are you supposed to gain experience if you don’t challenge yourself and start somewhere? It’s the same type of scenario. You don’t achieve greatness by showing up. You have to work for it & above that, be willing to do hard things without accolades! It’s like my favorite quote...it’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light!
As parents, we need to realize that losing doesn’t mean your not winning and gaining experience is worth more than today’s trophy. .
What are your thoughts??? 🏆
Walter is 1 month old! 💙
As you can see he’s super excited about it! 😂 It’s funny to think he still had just over a week to be growing in my belly, but instead we’ve been blessed to have him here for a whole month already!❤️
We love you, Walter 🥰
Double post day because we’re so happy to have Teagan HOME!
Our possible three to six week stay in the NICU was five days!
Thank you to everyone who prayed with us, thought of us, showed up for us and cried with us.
Welcome home Teagan Lenore.
Our celebration plans were put on hold as August was hospitalized Wednesday night for a virus his poor lungs couldn't fight on their own. As we spent Anthony's 36th birthday in the hospital, and the days to follow, I am in awe of my man. He's an amazing father, absolutely selfless, a strong advocate for our son, prayer warrior and always keeps faith in the darkest of times. Thank you for being our rock! Cheers to a year of health, happiness and love! 💪🏾🙏🏾💙 #preemiestrong#26weeker#prayerwarrior#augustjaxon#smallbutmighty#abirthdaytoremember
No matter how big he gets, how old he is.. I pray he always remembers that I'll always be here for him & he'll always be my sweet baby boy. This year has been a test for us both, I pray that our work is pleasing in God's eyes.
There’s no place I’d rather be 💗 Swipe to see Davis smiling! I just love his joyful spirit. He’s always so happy and chill! We are so lucky he’s ours. Y’all keep saying the baby snuggles don’t last forever, so I’ll just be right here soaking up every minute I can get. #DavisStafford
Finally got Gianna’s 9 month pictures! I can’t believe she is 9 months already!! She can pull her self to stand and sit up on her own. She is starting to cruise. She loves to get in the middle of anything her big sister is doing. And her favorite thing to do is hear herself scream. She has two new front teeth up top. She still has a helmet, and will wear it for four more weeks. She loves squash and green beans. #gigirozzo#giannamarie#preemiestrong#bigpersonality#lotsoflaughs#shesonthemove#wedontstop
It is impossibly hard to put into words how much James’ nurses mean to us. They truly are our heroes. We know, without any doubt, that the care his nurses provided is one of the biggest reason James is with us today. Their incredible knowledge, experience, and love for James helped to sustain him. We knew he was in the best possible hands, and when your baby is critically ill, that knowledge provides an amazing sense of peace. We are grateful every single day for each one of his nurses, and will never forget the impact they had on our lives and the life of our little boy. They are the definition of a hero and will be in our hearts forever. ❤️ #nicunurseappreciation#neonatalnurse#neonatalnursesday#nicunurse#nicu#nicuawarenessmonth#preemiestrong#preemie#22w6d#22weeker
September is #nicuawarenessmonth
I’m glad there is a month to bring awareness to nicu life.
It is draining in every area of your life. It’s a waiting game from when you get to hold your baby to when you get to take them home and it’s hard to understand unless you have to go through it yourself.
We spent 76 days in the nicu with our 27 weeker twins.
Bringing them home from the Hospital was one of the best days ever.
Ways you can support a family during a nicu stay is prayer.
Lots and lots of prayer, meals help too, hiring a house cleaner, and if you can financially. All these things takes the load of stress away so attention can be fully on the baby’s needs.
And changing the wording from “let me know if you need anything” to “how can I help?”
Makes a world of a difference
First photo is little Clark at 4 days old, second is of Isla at 4 days as well - first time holding her ❤️
Someone is 4 months old today! Louie is 14lbs 8oz & 24 1/2in long 🐒 He loves sitting up like a big boy, dancing to music & his swing. Still up every 2-3 hours at night - Mama’s livin’ on coffee. #LouieJames#zapboys