Friday, April 06, 2007

You Know You're The Parent of a Preemie When...
1.You use strange initials (C-PAP, CCs, NICU, NG) when discussing your child.

2.You actually remember how many CCs make up an ounce.

3.You count his weight in grams.

4. The skin on your hands is peeling from washing so often!

5.You hesitate when someone asks his age, but you know exactly how much he weighs!

6. The answer to "How old is your baby?" is a story 30 minutes long!

7. When someone asks his birthday, you reply, "Which one?" or "he's not supposed to be born yet."

8. You start to understand some of the things they say on ER!

9. You turn into Kung-Fu Mom when someone tries to touch your baby.

10. You cry at Maternity Ward and get mad at Baby Story.

11. You see a 7lb newborn and say "Wow! He's so BIG!"

12. Your baby is months old before he can even come home.

13. When someone says how tiny your baby is, you argue that he is huge -- and to demonstrate, you whip out pictures of him in NICU.

14. You do a health check on people when they come to visit . (SO TRUE)

15. You make people wash their hands before going near your child.

16. You want to scream when someone says that she just wants to have this baby now - at week 28, 32, or 34 weeks.

17. You never take your child for granted.

18. You worry about RSV season and it is still weeks away . . .

19. You know what "RSV" stands for.

20. You pick up 2 pounds of ground beef and think that your baby was born smaller than it.

21. You buy "Purell" in bulk.

22. You can stare at your baby for hours when he sleeps

23. NICU nurses are your best friends.

24. You no longer blink when an alarm goes off....


23wktwinsmommy said... yep, that is ALL true. One that stuck out for me (other than the purell thing) is not being able to watch a Baby Story. I physically become ill when I accidentally click to TLC during "that" show. I used to love it, now I resent it. It's sad I feel that way but I can't help it.

Miracles said...

I'm with you on that one.
I have completely avoided that show since the girl's were born. I use to watch it all the time while I was pregnant. If I watch it now, it instantly break down.

Anonymous said...

EVERY one of these points are right. It's almost laughable the medical degree we all earned in 4 months.

The one thing I couldn't handle was seeing full term pregnant mommies or when Cole was having a bad day, getting into the elevator and seeing a couple bringing their newborn home...

All of those points give us a bigger appreciation for what we have. I always say we earned our babies with all the time we put in at the hospital grilling the nurses and doctors.

Anonymous said...

A list that we can relate to. The Baby Story, definitely not on my list of favourite shows.


Kathryn said...

omigod - these are great! I love it - right on with each one. Very funny and true, true, true.

Great post!
Love it!

Anonymous said...

For all of you Mommys' who had to go through this - God Bless each and every one of you.......You are the best Mommys' in the world and you know how to appreciate your children. I am so very happy for each and everyone of you. Love to your babies.......and especially for you and your strength during this 3 or 4 month ordeal that you had to go through.