Mother’s Day wasn’t that long ago. When my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I honestly didn’t need anything but I knew that there was something else I wanted to do. So I told him as his gift to me I wanted to put together baskets for the mothers in the NICU here in town.
I found out there were three families in the NICU. I know that any holiday in the NICU can be difficult, so I wanted to do something that would add a smile to their day.
I didn’t want to do things that wouldn’t be helpful, however, so I thought of things that we needed when we were in the NICU. In the baskets I included things like tissues, picture frames, snacks, and other things to help. I included a postcard with information about Graham’s Foundation, too, and a letter from us that said:
Dear NICU Mom,
I just wanted to let you know someone is thinking about you this Mother’s Day! I want to wish you a happy Mother’s Day! It takes a special kind of person to be a preemie parent! You have been hand picked to be this little one’s momma! You are going to be great at this, I promise. It will not always be easy but it will always be worth it. I also want to let you know I have been where you are 🙂 I also want to let you know we are praying for you and your family!
Happy Mothers Day!
A few other preemie parents
P.S. Hope this little gift gives you a smile today 🙂
We took them up to the NICU and asked the nurses to give them out after we left. They said that it was sweet, that a lot of people rarely think about the moms of the preemies in the NICU. I was surprised because as a mom of a little who spent 47 days in the NICU I know how hard the holidays are without your little one. I also know that it’s hard to really want to go see out of town family on Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other holiday. That’s why I wanted to let the current NICU moms know that we get it. From one mom to another, they were not alone.
I know from experience how strong us moms have to be to get through tough times. So even though it’s a little late I just want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the preemie moms out there!