What an extraordinary week! I stared in awe at my twins who turned 5 years old on March 21st. How could so much time have passed since they were born at 1 lb. 12 oz. and barely 12″ long at 25 weeks. My journey in the neonatal intensive care unit seemed not so long ago. The lonely, reflective 5 weeks I spent on hospitalized bedrest cleansed me emotionally and spiritually. The fear, stress, sadness and the emotional roller coaster of the NICU at once crippled me, and then rebuilt me over my 18 month journey with my hospitalized twins. The pain and pride of enduring both experiences revealed the truth of who I am at my core, and freed me from those things that once hid my pure potential. I remain grateful for every step of that unexpected journey. Do you? Can you?
Of course you can. As impossible as it may seem, your NICU experience will completely transform you, if you allow it to. I share my story and give you 26 specific steps you can take to walk your NICU journey from a place of empowerment, in my book, Preemie Parents, 26 Ways to Grow with Your Premature Baby, published by Sellers Publishing last year. This week marked the official launch of Preemie Parents to coincide with the twins’ birthday! I laid eyes on it on-shelf in Barnes & Noble yesterday.
This week also saw an extraordinary team of people help me with its online launch — starting with a contest for bloggers!
Although my son remains on oxygen, still has a trach and a g-tube, I’m in awe of both of my small warriors and mighty teachers. My own growth and evolution also gives me pause. But clearly, this was all in divine order. It was intended for me to openly share my story, to help others write theirs.