I’m stopping by the tree today. Zoey is growing again, adding a few ounces per day and I have to pay my respects to those that didn’t make it.
A crash course in preemie parenting.
There was a time in our country when we took pride in what we were doing and how we did it.
There is no need to daydream about swinging around the city with Batman or Daredevil. I have a little girl that is going to need a dad when she comes home and he doesn’t need to be distracted with stacks of books and comics that no longer serve a purpose.
The decision to keep a premature baby on life support or not is a difficult one. At 23 weeks there can be many complications and some choose not to go through this difficult time.
Sleepless nights may become the new normal I will have to deal with and later when she asks me why my beard is so white she may one day understand when I only answer with a caring smile.
On May 25th, Zoey had arrived and we were in a panic every moment of every day.
I know at some point I will be asked about this issue, a taboo subject that is a real party killer when it comes up.
I grew up during a time that iPads, cell phones, and WIFI was viewed as science fiction.
It was day seven after Zoey was born. Our crash course in being NICU parents was over yet and there would be more to come.
She was no longer the little bubble girl that needed to be protected from the outside world, she was becoming a part of it.
It is tough being a NICU dad. While mom is helping our child grow, dad’s sometimes feel like they are sitting on the sidelines.
After that day, they might have created the paranoid papa that won’t wait to find help if there is something wrong.
A micro-preemie is a born fighter. Many have tried to claim this title, but those people will never know what it is like to have all odds stacked against you from the first moment of your birth.
Healthcare is always changing and people find new and better ways to do things. Matthew Gilman shares how he takes care of his daughter’s diet.
Babies have humor, too. Matthew Gilman recalls his premature baby showing some personality.