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I’m not the same girl I was before becoming your Mum, Malachi. Your birth changed me. Not in the way that women usually change once they become mothers, not in an obvious way to those around me but in a way that internally I understand but externally I really struggle to explain to those around me.

I’ve grown into a woman. A matured being. A woman who sees life with much greater perspective, a woman who values each day that comes (even the challenging ones) and a woman who shows empathy a lot more than before. Being in the NICU with you didn’t just force me to grow up, it opened my eyes to how quickly life can change and how quickly miracles can be made. How tight we must squeeze our loved ones and how strong we must be during the hard conversations.
As much as it’s difficult to comprehend that the way you came into this world was chaotic, fast and full of a handful of emotions - I know that your continued health and the growth that came from this experience are enough reasons to be thankful. I am strong because you are my little man. I am a NICU mum.
These photos show us surrounded by a group of women and their premature babies - women who also spent night after night in the hospital, who’ve attended countless appointments (and still do), who’ve had to make decisions that are too hard to make, who’ve cried oceans of tears and smiled at the most random of times. These women are continuing to raise awareness around prematurity. One in ten babies are born prematurely. As a mother, you don’t walk out of this experience the same as when you walked in. We are strong, we are #NICUmums. 📷 @_solisphotos_
#MiracleMumma #NICUstrong #NICUgrad

I’m not the same girl I was before becoming your Mum, Malachi. Your birth changed me. Not in the way that women usually change once they become mothers, not in an obvious way to those around me but in a way that internally I understand but externally I really struggle to explain to those around me.

I’ve grown into a woman. A matured being. A woman who sees life with much greater perspective, a woman who values each day that comes (even the challenging ones) and a woman who shows empathy a lot more than before. Being in the NICU with you didn’t just force me to grow up, it opened my eyes to how quickly life can change and how quickly miracles can be made. How tight we must squeeze our loved ones and how strong we must be during the hard conversations. 
As much as it’s difficult to comprehend that the way you came into this world was chaotic, fast and full of a handful of emotions - I know that your continued health and the growth that came from this experience are enough reasons to be thankful. I am strong because you are my little man. I am a NICU mum. 
These photos show us surrounded by a group of women and their premature babies - women who also spent night after night in the hospital, who’ve attended countless appointments (and still do), who’ve had to make decisions that are too hard to make, who’ve cried oceans of tears and smiled at the most random of times. These women are continuing to raise awareness around prematurity. One in ten babies are born prematurely. As a mother, you don’t walk out of this experience the same as when you walked in. We are strong, we are #NICUmums. 📷 @_solisphotos_
#MiracleMumma #NICUstrong #NICUgrad
54 14 2 hours ago

Jaxxon Update;
Can you guess what I’m going to say guys?! Come on... can you guess?! Okay I’m way excited so I’m going to tell you! *IM OFF MY FLUIDS* ♥️💚♥️💚 Now im going to work on my sucking abilities to show my doctors I will be able to feed while I’m at home. Mommy says im going to rock it just like I did weaning off my fluids! I can’t wait to go home & meet my 3 brothers! I’ve heard so much about them. #jaxxonalexander #nicubaby #nicustrong #nicuwarrior #ourbaby

Jaxxon Update; 
Can you guess what I’m going to say guys?! Come on... can you guess?! Okay I’m way excited so I’m going to tell you! *IM OFF MY FLUIDS* ♥️💚♥️💚 Now im going to work on my sucking abilities to show my doctors I will be able to feed while I’m at home. Mommy says im going to rock it just like I did weaning off my fluids! I can’t wait to go home & meet my 3 brothers! I’ve heard so much about them. #jaxxonalexander #nicubaby #nicustrong #nicuwarrior #ourbaby
12 0 8 hours ago

Today, we are home. #nicustrong #nicumom

Today, we are home. #nicustrong #nicumom
3 0 8 hours ago

When my husband and I finally decided on Sully’s name, I googled “personalized swaddles” and found out about @audreyandbear and how for every swaddle purchased, they donate a swaddle to a nicu or pediatric cancer center... so of course I bought Sully a swaddle from them! We also bought the boys the big kid blankets with their names on them.

During my pregnancy, I knew there was something wrong. My blood pressure kept going up and Sully was moving less. Sully made a crash landing around 34 weeks- he was 7lb 5oz and 21.25in long! HUGE BABY! He spent 15 days in the @inovachildrens nicu. We’d later find out that my placenta was less than 5% the normal size.

We are so thankful for the nicu staff and the @marchofdimes @marchofdimesmdnca for making such a difficult experience easier to deal with.

To celebrate Sully’s first birthday, we are working with @swaddle4swaddle to make sure each baby in the Inova Fairfax nicu has a super soft swaddle blanket to call their own!

#nicu #nicubaby #nicugraduate #nicumom #niculife #nicustrong #nicuwarrior #nicugrad #nicumiracle #audreyandbear #swaddle4swaddle #marchofdimes #marchofdimesvirginia #giantbaby #inova #inovafairfaxchildrenshospital #inovafairfaxhospital #inovafairfaxnicu

When my husband and I finally decided on Sully’s name, I googled “personalized swaddles” and found out about @audreyandbear and how for every swaddle purchased, they donate a swaddle to a nicu or pediatric cancer center... so of course I bought Sully a swaddle from them! We also bought the boys the big kid blankets with their names on them.

During my pregnancy, I knew there was something wrong. My blood pressure kept going up and Sully was moving less. Sully made a crash landing around 34 weeks- he was 7lb 5oz and 21.25in long! HUGE BABY! He spent 15 days in the @inovachildrens nicu. We’d later find out that my placenta was less than 5% the normal size.

We are so thankful for the nicu staff and the @marchofdimes @marchofdimesmdnca for making such a difficult experience easier to deal with.

To celebrate Sully’s first birthday, we are working with @swaddle4swaddle to make sure each baby in the Inova Fairfax nicu has a super soft swaddle blanket to call their own!

#nicu #nicubaby #nicugraduate #nicumom #niculife #nicustrong #nicuwarrior #nicugrad #nicumiracle #audreyandbear #swaddle4swaddle #marchofdimes #marchofdimesvirginia #giantbaby #inova #inovafairfaxchildrenshospital #inovafairfaxhospital #inovafairfaxnicu
7 0 9 hours ago

Guess who met Santa ?! My babies Jameson and Maverick ❤️❤️!! They are living their best life ! Love you boys !! @krystalbv ❤️💙💛 #mightylittlegiants


@antelopevalleyhospital @antelopevalleypartners4health @wedoccav @palmdaleregionalmc #niculife #nicustrong #nictwins #nicugrads #nicubaby #nicunurse #nicuwarrior

Guess who met Santa ?! My babies Jameson and Maverick ❤️❤️!! They are living their best life ! Love you boys !! @krystalbv ❤️💙💛 #mightylittlegiants •
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@antelopevalleyhospital @antelopevalleypartners4health @wedoccav @palmdaleregionalmc #niculife #nicustrong #nictwins #nicugrads #nicubaby #nicunurse #nicuwarrior
30 0 9 hours ago

My goodness family! Guess who’s 5 months old? Our precious baby boy Jameson ❤️. How precious are these photos?! We love you baby boy continue shining so bright! @mandaaaamariee @thesandwitch #mightylittlegiants


@antelopevalleypartners4health @antelopevalleyhospital #niculife #nicudad #nicumom #nicustrong #nicugrad @palmdaleregionalmc

My goodness family! Guess who’s 5 months old? Our precious baby boy Jameson ❤️. How precious are these photos?! We love you baby boy continue shining so bright! @mandaaaamariee @thesandwitch #mightylittlegiants •
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@antelopevalleypartners4health @antelopevalleyhospital #niculife #nicudad #nicumom #nicustrong #nicugrad @palmdaleregionalmc
17 0 9 hours ago

So much gratitude to everyone who supported us at our 2nd annual Brunching for Babies fundraiser. We appreciate everyone who attended our event, purchased raffle tickets and donated. We could not have done this without the generosity of so many businesses who donated raffle items, friends who selflessly volunteered their time and talent and our sweet friends from @chicagobiteclub for feeding over 90 guests one incredible brunch. We also owe a huge thank you to @magicofmikeodonnell for mystifying all the kids and Santa Claus for all the family pictures and wishes. .
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#charity #charitywork #philanthropy #foundation #fundraising #socialimpact #4charity #socialgood #donate #dogood #CSR #dosomething #giveback #hie #hieawareness #chicagocharity #lifeafternicu #nicu #leahspolarhugs #hugs&hope #polarhugs #nicubaby #niculife #raisingawareness #nicustrong #nicugrad

So much gratitude to everyone who supported us at our 2nd annual Brunching for Babies fundraiser. We appreciate everyone who attended our event, purchased raffle tickets and donated. We could not have done this without the generosity of so many businesses who donated raffle items, friends who selflessly volunteered their time and talent and our sweet friends from @chicagobiteclub for feeding over 90 guests one incredible brunch. We also owe a huge thank you to @magicofmikeodonnell for mystifying all the kids and Santa Claus for all the family pictures and wishes. .
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#charity #charitywork #philanthropy #foundation #fundraising #socialimpact #4charity #socialgood #donate #dogood #CSR #dosomething #giveback #hie #hieawareness #chicagocharity #lifeafternicu #nicu #leahspolarhugs #hugs&hope #polarhugs #nicubaby #niculife #raisingawareness #nicustrong #nicugrad
15 0 14 hours ago

I'm not the same person that walked into NICU for the first time, forever wounded but forever a warrior 💪

I am NICU Mum, hear me ROAR ♡ . . .
📸 @_solisphotos_
#miraclemumma

I'm not the same person that walked into NICU for the first time, forever wounded but forever a warrior 💪

I am NICU Mum, hear me ROAR ♡ . . .
📸 @_solisphotos_ 
#miraclemumma
364 11 14 hours ago

#MIRACLEMALCOLM ‘s Question of the Day! My biggest struggle has been adapting to Malcolm being a bit behind with certain milestones. We are still struggling with him eating and it tears me up inside that I can’t help in any other way. Allowing him the necessary time to catch up has been easier said than done. What are some of your struggles? 💙

#MIRACLEMALCOLM ‘s Question of the Day! My biggest struggle has been adapting to Malcolm being a bit behind with certain milestones. We are still struggling with him eating and it tears me up inside that I can’t help in any other way. Allowing him the necessary time to catch up has been easier said than done. What are some of your struggles? 💙
29 45 14 hours ago

Love collaborating and catching up with @shop_blop ! I am looking forward to this partnership and to giving back to #nicu families and helping bring joy during this time in their life! #niculife #collab #shopblob #nicustrong #preemiestrong #strongisthenewbeautiful #tinybutmighty #nicumom

Love collaborating and catching up with @shop_blop ! I am looking forward to this partnership and to giving back to #nicu families and helping bring joy during this time in their life! #niculife #collab #shopblob #nicustrong #preemiestrong #strongisthenewbeautiful #tinybutmighty #nicumom
15 0 15 hours ago

Feeling cute, might move to a big boy crib later Idk. Baby Ian is now 5 weeks and 4lbs 1oz. He is growing as expected and continues to make good progress 💪🏻🙏🏻 #nicustrong #littlewarrior #miraclebaby

Feeling cute, might move to a big boy crib later Idk. Baby Ian is now 5 weeks and 4lbs 1oz. He is growing as expected and continues to make good progress 💪🏻🙏🏻 #nicustrong#littlewarrior#miraclebaby
36 0 17 hours ago

“Hoooraaay for me everyone!” Today I received these images of this little guy wearing one of our vests and my heart went BOOM 💥❤️. This little chap is called AJ and I mean, just look at how adorable he is! His little outfit too.
His mum began following my personal and business pages on Instagram and I had a little peak at her profile. Soon, I found myself checking in on her and AJ’s progress on a daily basis, feeling like I know them well. And what a little wonder he is.

AJ is a 26 weeker who was born in June 2019. He spent 149 days at #nicu in Oxford. He’s had 3 surgeries and has another one next month because he had NEC at day 2 of life. NEC is a devastating disease that affects mostly the intestine. He had a very rocky NICU journey, including #septicshock where doctors told AJ’s parents to expect the worst but he came out strong in the end!
AJ’s mum says, “This vest has an amazing slogan because AJ really did boss the NICU!!!!” Well AJ’s mum, I think so too 👊🏻✌🏻💙 For our vests, #tees and sweaters, browse our gallery and send us a DM.

#edieteacups #prematurebaby #preemiebaby #micropreemie #nicugrad #preemiepower #preemiestrong #fightlikeapreemie #preemiewarrior #nicubaby #nicustrong #smallbusiness #clothingbrand #preemieclothes #preemiebabyclothes #prematurebabyclothes #prematureclothes #nicuclothes #tinybabyclothes #slogantee #clothingline #preemiemom #babyclothes #kidsfashion #mumbloggeruk #niculife #nicublog

“Hoooraaay for me everyone!” Today I received these images of this little guy wearing one of our vests and my heart went BOOM 💥❤️. This little chap is called AJ and I mean, just look at how adorable he is!  His little outfit too. 
His mum began following my personal and business pages on Instagram and I had a little peak at her profile.  Soon, I found myself checking in on her and AJ’s progress on a daily basis, feeling like I know them well.  And what a little wonder he is.

AJ is a 26 weeker who was born in June 2019.  He spent 149 days at #nicu in Oxford.  He’s had 3 surgeries and has another one next month because he had NEC at day 2 of life.  NEC is a devastating disease that affects mostly the intestine.  He had a very rocky NICU journey, including #septicshock where doctors told AJ’s parents to expect the worst but he came out strong in the end! 
AJ’s mum says, “This vest has an amazing slogan because AJ really did boss the NICU!!!!” Well AJ’s mum, I think so too 👊🏻✌🏻💙 For our vests, #tees and sweaters, browse our gallery and send us a DM.

#edieteacups #prematurebaby #preemiebaby #micropreemie #nicugrad #preemiepower #preemiestrong #fightlikeapreemie #preemiewarrior #nicubaby #nicustrong #smallbusiness #clothingbrand #preemieclothes #preemiebabyclothes #prematurebabyclothes #prematureclothes #nicuclothes #tinybabyclothes #slogantee #clothingline #preemiemom #babyclothes #kidsfashion #mumbloggeruk #niculife #nicublog
37 2 17 hours ago

👋🏼👋🏼There is still time to donate to Chocolate Milk of Wilmington's Holiday Drive for NICU families! Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference! @thebumpandbeyond #themilkymermaid #nicustrong #nhrmc #tinywarriors #christmasgiving #support #joy #love #chocolatemilkilm #preemiepower #preemiefamilies #ilmnc

👋🏼👋🏼There is still time to donate to Chocolate Milk of Wilmington's Holiday Drive for NICU families! Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference! @thebumpandbeyond #themilkymermaid #nicustrong #nhrmc #tinywarriors #christmasgiving #support #joy #love #chocolatemilkilm #preemiepower #preemiefamilies #ilmnc
10 0 17 hours ago

Sometimes I feel like I’m on top of the world rocking this mom thing like when you’re in target at 730 am ti finish Christmas and grocery shopping and a MILLION people are mesmerized my me pulling 2 “carts” and can still multitask. One with em and groceries, the other is the stroller with the girls 😂. Other times i find myself putting bottles in my hot cup of coffee because it’s the only warm liquid I have and the girls are screaming 🤷‍♀️. I have learned to NEVER judge other moms and do what you have to to survive
#beachbodycoach #twinmomlife #twinmomstrong #nicumom #nicustrong #premiestrong #mommaof3 #3under2 #shakeology #selfcare #girlmom #postpartumbody #strongmoms #imperfectparents

Sometimes I feel like I’m on top of the world rocking this mom thing like when you’re in target at 730 am ti finish Christmas and grocery shopping and a MILLION people are mesmerized my me pulling 2 “carts” and can still multitask. One with em and groceries, the other is the stroller with the girls 😂. Other times i find myself putting bottles in my hot cup of coffee because it’s the only warm liquid I have and the girls are screaming 🤷‍♀️. I have learned to NEVER judge other moms and do what you have to to survive 
#beachbodycoach #twinmomlife #twinmomstrong #nicumom #nicustrong #premiestrong #mommaof3 #3under2 #shakeology #selfcare #girlmom #postpartumbody #strongmoms #imperfectparents
34 5 18 hours ago

“Medicine only goes so far, then God takes over”- Alison Reese. Another GREAT podcast is up!!!! This is a must listen if you need some inspiration while in the NICU! If you know someone who is in the NICU, please share this with them.
Find us on Anchor, Apple, Spotify, Google, Breaker, and more!! Link to our podcast in bio! Thank you for all your support!
#nicu #nicumama #nicumom #nicustrong #survivingthenicu #nicunurse #nicufamily #coloradonicu #picunurse #preemiemom #proudpreemiemom #nicubaby #niculife #nicutwins #premietwins

“Medicine only goes so far, then God takes over”- Alison Reese. Another GREAT podcast is up!!!! This is a must listen if you need some inspiration while in the NICU! If you know someone who is in the NICU, please share this with them. 
Find us on Anchor, Apple, Spotify, Google, Breaker, and more!! Link to our podcast in bio! Thank you for all your support! 
#nicu #nicumama #nicumom #nicustrong #survivingthenicu #nicunurse #nicufamily #coloradonicu #picunurse #preemiemom #proudpreemiemom #nicubaby #niculife #nicutwins #premietwins
22 5 19 hours ago

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“On the 26th September 2018 I was 29w & 4 days pregnant with my son Cyrus. I woke up as normal but I thought I’d wet the bed so I got up & washed the sheets. As I got up off the couch to hang them on the line I had to pee & I found blood. So the sheets stayed in the machine & I went to hospital. Only to find out I hadn’t wet the bed, my waters have broken. The gave me a steroid injection in case baby came. Sure enough at 11.09pm I had my beautiful baby Cyrus. He was rushed to NICU where he spent the next 78 days.... My NICU stay was very tiring because I had a C-section. He had respiratory distress syndrome, apnea, anemia, jaundice, a heart murmur. He was 3 pounds 1 oz, it took him 2 months and 1 day to breathe without oxygen. That’s my birth story.”


➡️ Swipe to see how much little Cyrus has grown 💜 #preemiestrong

#nicuwarriorproject #preemie #preemiebaby #nicu #nicugraduate #prematurebaby #prematurity #nicubaby #nicustrong #niculife #preemiepower

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“On the 26th September 2018 I was 29w & 4 days pregnant with my son Cyrus. I woke up as normal but I thought I’d wet the bed so I got up & washed the sheets. As I got up off the couch to hang them on the line I had to pee & I found blood. So the sheets stayed in the machine & I went to hospital. Only to find out I hadn’t wet the bed, my waters have broken. The gave me a steroid injection in case baby came. Sure enough at 11.09pm I had my beautiful baby Cyrus. He was rushed to NICU where he spent the next 78 days.... My NICU stay was very tiring because I had a C-section. He had respiratory distress syndrome, apnea, anemia, jaundice, a heart murmur. He was 3 pounds 1 oz, it took him 2 months and 1 day to breathe without oxygen. That’s my birth story.”
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➡️ Swipe to see how much little Cyrus has grown 💜 #preemiestrong

#nicuwarriorproject #preemie #preemiebaby #nicu #nicugraduate #prematurebaby #prematurity #nicubaby #nicustrong #niculife #preemiepower
53 1 20 hours ago

70 days in the NICU. 6 surgeries. 1 amazing little boy.🎗



this brave little fighter is named jameson, and today, his mom shares about their journey with spina bifida and what life with jameson has looked like since his birth in march. [link in bio] 🎗



#spinabifidastrong #spinabifidawarrior #spinabifidafighter #nicustrong #cleftstrong #cleftlipandpalate #pierrerobinsequence #inclusion #seetheablenotthelabel #inclusionmatters #advocate #specialneedsparenting #specialneedsfamily #advocatelikeamother #raisinglittleworldchangers
#kindnessmatters #choosekind #kindnessinaction #staykind #kindnesscounts #choosekindness #spreadkindness #humankindness #bekind #kindnessovercoolness #kindnessovereverything

70 days in the NICU. 6 surgeries. 1 amazing little boy.🎗
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this brave little fighter is named jameson, and today, his mom shares about their journey with spina bifida and what life with jameson has looked like since his birth in march. [link in bio] 🎗
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#spinabifidastrong #spinabifidawarrior #spinabifidafighter #nicustrong #cleftstrong #cleftlipandpalate #pierrerobinsequence #inclusion #seetheablenotthelabel #inclusionmatters #advocate #specialneedsparenting #specialneedsfamily #advocatelikeamother #raisinglittleworldchangers 
#kindnessmatters #choosekind #kindnessinaction #staykind #kindnesscounts #choosekindness #spreadkindness #humankindness #bekind #kindnessovercoolness #kindnessovereverything
837 28 21 hours ago

Had a sweet little photoshoot yesterday! Trying to capture all the 1st Christmas memories that we can! Next year I need a camera with a tripod so we can take a family group picture 😂 Love my family! Including our cute pup (my first baby), Raymie! 🐶
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What are some Christmas traditions that your family does every year?! Trying to decide which traditions to start for our family now that Rowan is here! Share in the comments below!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼

Had a sweet little photoshoot yesterday! Trying to capture all the 1st Christmas memories that we can! Next year I need a camera with a tripod so we can take a family group picture 😂 Love my family! Including our cute pup (my first baby), Raymie! 🐶
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What are some Christmas traditions that your family does every year?! Trying to decide which traditions to start for our family now that Rowan is here! Share in the comments below!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼
58 7 23 hours ago

Always proud to be a NICU mum, even if it wasn’t my first option 💜 @miraclemumma #NICUStrong #miraclemumma #NICUwarrior #miraclebabies

Always proud to be a NICU mum, even if it wasn’t my first option 💜 @miraclemumma #NICUStrong #miraclemumma #NICUwarrior #miraclebabies
6 0 9 December, 2019

Jaxxon Update;
Hi Guys!! I have eyes! I’m wide awake & alert. I told my nurse to get a move on with my bottle because I WAS HUNGRY! She’s pretty amazing. Since she’s doing her job, I kept doing mine! My levels were stable & perfect ALL night & I even drank TWO FULL BOTTLES without my tube! I knew I ripped it out for a reason (uh oh) but they put it back in & now I’m in baby jail again with these little mittens. I have to have two more good readings & I can stop taking these fluids. My doctors predict I can go home by Friday if I keep this up!!!!! Mommy & Daddy are so super proud of me & I must say im pretty proud of myself as well! #wearegettingthere #nicubaby #nicustrong #jaxxonalexander #wideeyed #beautifulboy

Jaxxon Update; 
Hi Guys!! I have eyes! I’m wide awake & alert. I told my nurse to get a move on with my bottle because I WAS HUNGRY! She’s pretty amazing. Since she’s doing her job, I kept doing mine! My levels were stable & perfect ALL night & I even drank TWO FULL BOTTLES without my tube! I knew I ripped it out for a reason (uh oh) but they put it back in & now I’m in baby jail again with these little mittens. I have to have two more good readings & I can stop taking these fluids. My doctors predict I can go home by Friday if I keep this up!!!!! Mommy & Daddy are so super proud of me & I must say im pretty proud of myself as well! #wearegettingthere #nicubaby #nicustrong #jaxxonalexander #wideeyed #beautifulboy
47 2 9 December, 2019

Our little Layla kicking butt this week putting on 80 grams today AND breathing on her own 👏🏼 She may be small, but she’s fierce 🥰 #meetthetwinclairs #premmiemilestones #preemiemilestones #tttssurvivors

Our little Layla kicking butt this week putting on 80 grams today AND breathing on her own 👏🏼 She may be small, but she’s fierce 🥰 #meetthetwinclairs #premmiemilestones #preemiemilestones #tttssurvivors
253 25 9 December, 2019

I have endured the turmoil of having a premature baby. I have spent countless hours watching my baby fight to survive. I have cried endless tears and I have uttered desperate prayers. I have left the hospital with empty arms and an empty heart. I have grieved and I have lost. But I have never given up hope, and I have survived. My baby is my reminder to be grateful every single day; my proof that miracles exist. And while my experience is individually unique, I am forever a part of something truly special - a community built on strength, pride, solidarity, and love. Today, I stand united with this group of fierce warriors to inspire, empower and encourage others throughout their NICU journey; to give hope and a sense of belonging; to raise awareness of premature birth and our community; and to celebrate our own journeys…no matter what they look like.
I am STRONG, I am a NICU MUM ♡ (A collaboration between @miraclemumma & @_solisphotos_)

Photography by the incredibly talented Jessica Shanahan of Solis Photos, who perfectly captured the magic ✨

#miraclemumma #NICUStrong

I have endured the turmoil of having a premature baby. I have spent countless hours watching my baby fight to survive. I have cried endless tears and I have uttered desperate prayers. I have left the hospital with empty arms and an empty heart. I have grieved and I have lost. But I have never given up hope, and I have survived. My baby is my reminder to be grateful every single day; my proof that miracles exist. And while my experience is individually unique, I am forever a part of something truly special - a community built on strength, pride, solidarity, and love. Today, I stand united with this group of fierce warriors to inspire, empower and encourage others throughout their NICU journey; to give hope and a sense of belonging; to raise awareness of premature birth and our community; and to celebrate our own journeys…no matter what they look like. 
I am STRONG, I am a NICU MUM ♡ (A collaboration between @miraclemumma & @_solisphotos_)

Photography by the incredibly talented Jessica Shanahan of Solis Photos, who perfectly captured the magic ✨

#miraclemumma #NICUStrong
286 22 9 December, 2019

The way he loves his little girl already makes my heart explode! 💜We are the luckiest girls in the world to call you ours! I love you Dustin❤️ #nicustrong #youmeandB

The way he loves his little girl already makes my heart explode! 💜We are the luckiest girls in the world to call you ours! I love you Dustin❤️ #nicustrong #youmeandB
47 6 9 December, 2019

Bonding with my Mommy is my favorite thing to do. NICU Life Sundays.
#babyvaleriemarìe #rodriguezbaby #littleblessing #premibaby #nicubaby #nicubabies #nicustrong

Bonding with my Mommy is my favorite thing to do. NICU Life Sundays.
#babyvaleriemarìe #rodriguezbaby #littleblessing #premibaby #nicubaby #nicubabies #nicustrong
12 1 9 December, 2019

Jaxxon Update;
I’ve had another great day! I’ve maintained my sugar levels for almost 48 hours. Just a couple more good readings & I’ll be completely off my fluids. Then I have to stop being lazy & eat my whole feeding by mouth whether it’s from Mommy or just mommy milk in a bottle.
Daddy fed me tonight! I was so happy to see his face again. I opened my eyes wide & just took him in until I got really comfortable in his arms. Then I drifted off into a deep sleep. #nicubaby #nicustrong #jaxxonalexander

Jaxxon Update;
I’ve had another great day! I’ve maintained my sugar levels for almost 48 hours. Just a couple more good readings & I’ll be completely off my fluids. Then I have to stop being lazy & eat my whole feeding by mouth whether it’s from Mommy or just mommy milk in a bottle. 
Daddy fed me tonight! I was so happy to see his face again. I opened my eyes wide & just took him in until I got really comfortable in his arms. Then I drifted off into a deep sleep. #nicubaby #nicustrong #jaxxonalexander
17 0 9 December, 2019

We come a long way. I can still feel the most unsettling earth shattering moments after your brother and sister died. Holding on to you as I begged every doctor to save you. I remember every nurse doctor avoiding eye contact with me because they couldn’t hide how worried they were for you. I remember the days I sat next to you not showering, eating, living almost stoped in time. In some crazy time loop where time stood still. I couldn’t understand how your brother and sister were right next to you okay and than gone. I couldn’t understand why me why my babies. I even remember the day crying next to you screaming in my head don’t leave me. I watched you over come hurdles most never will face in their life. We both slowly got a little stronger and stronger. Today all our pain and love for Milan and Katarina is still there more than ever. Today we choice to live and love ❤️

We come a long way. I can still feel the most unsettling earth shattering moments after your brother and sister died. Holding on to you as I begged every doctor to save you. I remember every nurse doctor avoiding eye contact with me because they couldn’t hide how worried they were for you. I remember the days I sat next to  you not showering, eating, living almost stoped in time. In some crazy time loop where time stood still. I couldn’t understand how your brother and sister were right next to you okay and than gone. I couldn’t understand why me why my babies. I even remember the day crying next to you screaming in my head don’t leave me. I watched you over come hurdles most never will face in their life. We both slowly got a little stronger and stronger. Today all our pain and love for Milan and Katarina is still there more than ever. Today we choice to live and love ❤️
92 6 9 December, 2019

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THANKFUL 🍁 The journey here has been a little rough. It was a far cry from the natural, unmedicated birth we experienced with Áine. I wasn’t awake when the doctors performed an emergency c-section at 29 weeks. I didn’t get to see my baby boys until the day after they were born because I was stuck in the ICU recovering and they were in the NICU. We didn’t get to hold them until a week after their birth. I have been pumping every three hours instead of breastfeeding because the doctors need to measure and monitor their fluid intake. Despite the hiccups in our journey, we are so very thankful for our children’s good health, for the numerous doctors and nurses who cared for me and are still caring for our boys in the NICU (can’t believe we have TWO boys!), for our supportive family and friends, for all the love and prayers we’ve received this whole pregnancy, and for the future we have for our family of five. God is good. This Thanksgiving we have so much to be grateful for. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. 🍁
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THANKFUL 🍁 The journey here has been a little rough. It was a far cry from the natural, unmedicated birth we experienced with Áine. I wasn’t awake when the doctors performed an emergency c-section at 29 weeks. I didn’t get to see my baby boys until the day after they were born because I was stuck in the ICU recovering and they were in the NICU. We didn’t get to hold them until a week after their birth. I have been pumping every three hours instead of breastfeeding because the doctors need to measure and monitor their fluid intake. Despite the hiccups in our journey, we are so very thankful for our children’s good health, for the numerous doctors and nurses who cared for me and are still caring for our boys in the NICU (can’t believe we have TWO boys!), for our supportive family and friends, for all the love and prayers we’ve received this whole pregnancy, and for the future we have for our family of five. God is good. This Thanksgiving we have so much to be grateful for. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. 🍁
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729 107 28 November, 2019

I'm not the same person that walked into NICU for the first time, forever wounded but forever a warrior 💪

I am NICU Mum, hear me ROAR ♡ . . .
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I'm not the same person that walked into NICU for the first time, forever wounded but forever a warrior 💪

I am NICU Mum, hear me ROAR ♡ . . .
📸 @_solisphotos_ 
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26,176 194 31 October, 2019

My sweet, strong, polite, opinionated, little goose - today was your first day at your brand new school in your brand new city and you handled the change without batting an eyelash.

There is a guinea pig in your classroom, you got to play with a dump truck, gave an ‘alligator’ a bath, and practiced your transferring skills with tongs.

I would have given anything to be there and walk you into that classroom baby.

Mama and Baby P are coming home soon.

You better be ready to read all the books, sing all the songs, cuddle and watch all the Blippi that your little heart desires.

I can’t wait to hold you. And smooch your daddy, because he’s pretty cute too. 😉



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PPS - Check our my stories for his after school reaction...might be my favorite. pic. ever.

My sweet, strong, polite, opinionated, little goose - today was your first day at your brand new school in your brand new city and you handled the change without batting an eyelash.

There is a guinea pig in your classroom, you got to play with a dump truck, gave an ‘alligator’ a bath, and practiced your transferring skills with tongs.

I would have given anything to be there and walk you into that classroom baby.

Mama and Baby P are coming home soon.

You better be ready to read all the books, sing all the songs, cuddle and watch all the Blippi that your little heart desires.

I can’t wait to hold you. And smooch your daddy, because he’s pretty cute too. 😉
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655 24 20 August, 2019

I can’t believe it’s already been ten days since baby girl made her arrival. Charlie has been kicking butt in the NICU but this is the hardest thing we have ever done. ⁣

She is officially in an open crib, she’s off oxygen, off IV fluids, and off the warmer. The only thing she has to work on is her feeds. She still has the feeding tube but they are offering her bottles as much as possible now. She’s had 5 full bottles in the past 24 hours!! ⁣

In order for her to come home she needs to be taking 8 full bottles in 24 hours since she eats every three hours. After she does that they will remove her feeding tube and she will need to continue to be taking 8 bottles for another 24 hours. ⁣

We are so so close to having you home with us baby girl, keep fighting!! We are so proud of you.

I can’t believe it’s already been ten days since baby girl made her arrival. Charlie has been kicking butt in the NICU but this is the hardest thing we have ever done. ⁣
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She is officially in an open crib, she’s off oxygen, off IV fluids, and off the warmer. The only thing she has to work on is her feeds. She still has the feeding tube but they are offering her bottles as much as possible now. She’s had 5 full bottles in the past 24 hours!! ⁣
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We are so so close to having you home with us baby girl, keep fighting!! We are so proud of you.
780 74 30 November, 2019

Our clever little Poppy is breathing on her own! When we got the news that the babies were being delivered early, the doctors were most worried about Poppy as the TTTS recipient (the condition the twins had) but she has proven to be a strong, stubborn and sweet little gem and is moving from HDU into Special Care today 👏🏼🌺 #premmiemilestones #premmiebaby #nicumilestones

Our clever little Poppy is breathing on her own! When we got the news that the babies were being delivered early, the doctors were most worried about Poppy as the TTTS recipient (the condition the twins had) but she has proven to be a strong, stubborn and sweet little gem and is moving from HDU into Special Care today 👏🏼🌺 #premmiemilestones #premmiebaby #nicumilestones
714 43 24 November, 2019

Hi Friends, Kristy here! Just a quick update from last week. Introducing our Irie Phoenix, born 11:17 pm on 11/27, 5 lbs, 1 oz, 18 inches. We call her #fieryirie because she’s already got serious fire in her belly for life!! 💪🏻💃🏻🔥💥
Her name is a joint effort between us and her first Mama who is Jamaican. Irie is a Jamaican term that means “positive, powerful and peaceful”. Phoenix is a bird that rises from the ashes of her predecessor and Irie’s first Mama felt that was super meaningful!
We don’t have fancy newborn photos yet because this sweet girl is spending some time in the NICU for the next few weeks.
Things are a bit scary and complicated right now BUT this girl is fierce and she will be okay!! Amen! ⭐️⬇️⭐️⬇️⭐️⬇️⭐️⬇️⭐️⬇️⭐️
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Hi Friends, Kristy here! Just a quick update from last week. Introducing our Irie Phoenix, born 11:17 pm on 11/27, 5 lbs, 1 oz, 18 inches. We call her #fieryirie because she’s already got serious fire in her belly for life!! 💪🏻💃🏻🔥💥
Her name is a joint effort between us and her first Mama who is Jamaican. Irie is a Jamaican term that means “positive, powerful and peaceful”. Phoenix is a bird that rises from the ashes of her predecessor and Irie’s first Mama felt that was super meaningful! 
We don’t have fancy newborn photos yet because this sweet girl is spending some time in the NICU for the next few weeks. 
Things are a bit scary and complicated right now BUT this girl is fierce and she will be okay!! Amen! ⭐️⬇️⭐️⬇️⭐️⬇️⭐️⬇️⭐️⬇️⭐️
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815 70 2 December, 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Parents know that when you have a baby, those first few days you spend with them in the hospital are crucial. But if you deliver a baby and it has to go to the NICU, you may not get as much time with it.
Crestwood Medical Center health officials hope to change that with the addition of new rooms for parents.
The hospital is adding 10 separate NICU bays that will allow parents to stay with their newborns night and day.
This will also allow them to participate as nurses provide care for the babies.

It’s just one way they hope to meet the needs of families in this rapidly growing part of the state.
“We’re currently expanding so quick, and our volume has shot through the roof as far as women’s services in general, you know, lots of moms having babies here, which is fantastic. It’s a great problem to have, but we are looking ahead,” said NICU manager Kelsey Lightfoot.
Crestwood officials hope to have the new NICU bays fully operational by next week. 📸✍🏻 @waff48

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Parents know that when you have a baby, those first few days you spend with them in the hospital are crucial. But if you deliver a baby and it has to go to the NICU, you may not get as much time with it.
Crestwood Medical Center health officials hope to change that with the addition of new rooms for parents.
The hospital is adding 10 separate NICU bays that will allow parents to stay with their newborns night and day.
This will also allow them to participate as nurses provide care for the babies.

It’s just one way they hope to meet the needs of families in this rapidly growing part of the state.
“We’re currently expanding so quick, and our volume has shot through the roof as far as women’s services in general, you know, lots of moms having babies here, which is fantastic. It’s a great problem to have, but we are looking ahead,” said NICU manager Kelsey Lightfoot.
Crestwood officials hope to have the new NICU bays fully operational by next week. 📸✍🏻 @waff48
835 37 6 December, 2019