Well friends it's been 2 years since we brought our little miracle Jaxson home from the NICU! 2 years...can you believe it??? I am humbled and eternally grateful for our journey. We went from not being sure our son would make it, to conquering the NICU rollercoaster for 119 days and him becoming a NICU grad. Over the last 730 days, by the grace of God he has been healthy and free from any hospital re-admissions which for a 22 week preemie is AMAZING! Whew!
We didn't get any type of heads up or crash course in prematurity UNTIL were hit head on with the untimely circumstance. The first 3 weeks were the toughest I would say as I was dealing with healing from my emergency c-section and seeing my tiny 1lb 2.9oz baby fighting for his life outside of my womb. We were introduced to medical terms, beeps alarms, questions, back and forth trips to the NICU, surgery, a transport to a children's hospital, sleepless nights and MORE!
So, here some tips that I hope will help you navigate through the NICU storm!
Once a year our former hospital has a celebration for all of the little ones who have graduated from the NICU! Invitations are sent out to the families and the anticipation of seeing all of our former NICU nurses and Doctors begins. This was our 2nd reunion and it was so nice to see some of the people who really contributed to the health and wellness of our son. Some of the NICU staff has become such an intricate part of our lives. We saw many of the same faces who diligently cared for Jaxson and remembered him so well. To see his former nurse Rachel who cared for him in the first 36 hours of his life was such a special moment. She was in awe of how big Jaxson is and how well he is doing. Rachel's dedication to her patients is something that both my husband and I really appreciated and the fact that she remembered our family meant a lot to me.