In between all the craziness of the NICU, we found that we made some very special bonds with other NICU parents. We can see families that we were in the NICU with us and recognize them immediately. It’s like this special bond you have with other parents when they say their little one was a preemie. You just get it. You know all the struggles and victories that they saw.
It’s incredibly important to have a support system in the NICU. I remember how comforting it was when a previous preemie parents from the Grahams foundation emailed me and made themselves available to talk whenever I needed it. To know that someone else had been where I was and could relate to all the crazy emotions that came with having a preemie. Hearing someone say that what I was going thought was normal. There was something peaceful about that.
Even after we left the NICU, we still have some parents in our lives that have been through life with a preemie. Its comforting to know that if we notices something with our little one an can ask them about it and they can say whether or not they went through this too.
I cannot express how important it is to have someone you can talk to when you have a preemie. It’s very easily to slip into the emotions of the roller coaster of having a preemie. It’s even easier to slip if you feel like your going through this alone. It’s very important to make sure you are taking care of yourself even while you have a little one in the NICU, I believe taking care of your self gives you more energy to be a better parent to your little one.
If you’re reading this and you are in the NICU or have been in there please either reach out to a support system that the Grahams Foundation offers or find a local support system.
Have a great week!