Germs and Public Outings. Before we brought Jack home from the hospital, we made the decision to limit his exposure to public areas for the first year. No shopping malls, or grocery stores, no parks, restaurants, or coffee shops. Basically, we don’t take him anywhere but doctor appointments. We do take him out for walks […]
From the moment I discovered I was pregnant, I knew instantly that we were having a boy. Much to my delight, my 16-week ultrasound confirmed that fact. There he was…our baby Jack. A boy was what I had wished for, and my wish came true. When my husband and I tied the knot in 2012, […]
Here is my official guide to surviving your child’s NICU stay. Don’t beat yourself up. This is not the time to be wasting precious energy blaming yourself. You have to continue to sleep and eat, as well as the multitude of different things now required of you as a new parent, specifically a new NICU […]
No. I don’t think so. Birth control is my friend. Jack is a handful and half while also managing to be a miracle child. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have him, and very fulfilled by his singular presence. Plus he’s got his mama, his dada, his Grammy, and his auntie all wrapped around his charming little […]
As I push my front door open, after a long shift at work, I am greeted with an excited “HI!” from Jack as he charges into my arms, jabbering all the while, as he tells me about his day. Greetings such as this warm my chilly little heart after a long day of “customer service.” […]
Jack is closer to being a two-year-old, then he is to a one-year-old. A fact which continues to boggle my mind daily. Where did this big boy come from? He was 30 pounds at his last baby well checkup. It seems like another lifetime ago that I was counting his breaths as his tiny 3-pound […]
Jack had his second NICU follow up appointment today. He weighs 26 lbs and he’s 31 inches long! He scored perfectly for his actual age. My husband and I are incredibly grateful, Jack is such an amazing little boy. We are so blessed. We love you Jack! ❤
Read my official guide to surviving your child’s NICU stay here.
Today is the one-year anniversary of Jacks homecoming. On this day, last year after 65 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, Jack came home with us. My husband and I had everything we needed, but we were in no way prepared, but that didn’t matter. Jack was home. He was all ours. We didn’t […]
I’m a Fuerte Avocado tree, and I’m one year old.
Jack had his monthly visit with his occupational therapist on Monday, she says keep up the good work. She expects him to start walking anytime now, but no hurry. Jacks teething saga continues, he’s got three teeth on the bottom now, and one on top. Plus another top one has just barely started cutting. For […]
Yesterday marked my second Mother’s Day. I found this card on Jacks incubator last Mother’s Day. It was put there by the ‘sunshine committee’, a group of nurses at the hospital where Jack was born. They make heartwarming things like this for the NICU parents on Holidays. How amazing is that!? As if NICU […]
On Saturday, Mr. Jack went on another long car trip. It was two hours both ways, and he was good as gold. The purpose of our adventure was a family reunion of sorts, and a tree dedication for Grandpa Rob. Grandpas Sister Elaine and late Husband Jim, have a park dedicated to them in the […]