Hi everyone

  • Hi and welcome to Share. Congratulations on your sweet Addy. I'm glad to hear she's doing well despite her early arrival. I'm also happy to hear you're home and improving as well.

    The NICU is an extremely difficult place to be with your baby. Nothing at all is what you imagined your baby's birth would be like. All these emotions you're feeling are completely expected and totally normal. I remember crying everyday when my twin girls were born at 25 weeks back in 2001. I was scared, and felt powerless to the entire situation. As time passed and my girls grew stronger my emotions leveled off and I was able to find joy in their milestones and growth.

    I have a favorite saying that I like to use... "you gotta feel it, to heal it". I have learned that this is so very true. It's okay to feel sad. I think we move through those emotions when we allow ourselves to feel them. Feel what you need to feel. You don't have to be strong all the time.

    I'm so glad that you found Share. You are not alone. Be kind to yourself.

    I look forward to hearing updates on Addy and being here for you as well.

    Big hugs, Mommy!

    Karri

  • Hello and Welcome! Congratulations on your baby girl. I'm sorry that you are going through all of these feelings. Please know you aren't alone. As much as you might struggle to "keep it together" sometimes its better to just let it go. All of your feelings are valid and you are so entitled to all of them. I hope your daughter continues to do well and you can keep us updated. I will be thinking about you all.

    Love and Hugs

    Brandi

  • Hello and welcome to share! Congratulations on your daughter. I too had my son at 26 weeks 4 days, on 10/3. I have and continue to go through about every emotion possible, and that's ok. Some days I feel I have found some type of normal in this roller coaster, and other days I'm a complete mess. As the first month went by I couldn't believe how fast time had gone, and how my little alien now looked like a baby! The nicu experience has been very trying times, and I'm still in the middle of it. I have learned to look at the positives, celebrate every milestone, and appreciate that one day I will be able to bring my son home. My son will be 32 weeks this Friday, and we get to start practicing breastfeeding. Share has been a huge support, inspiration, and hope for me. I hope you find the same comfort here! Stay strong, you and your little one are in my prayers!

    -Breanna