BI: We hope you enjoy these items and that they help make your NICU roller coaster ride a little easier. In this bag (that doubles as a bedside laundry bag) you will find our "NICU necessities care package" which may include: - a journal & pen to write important notes and details about your child’s hospital stay. It will be helpful to remember what happened each day (because you won’t remember it all...trust us!) - a stuffed inch worm to use in photos for size comparison as well as a positioner in your baby’s bed - a book to read to your baby when you are unable to hold him/her - an outfit to look forward to the day your baby can wear clothes - hand sanitizer or lotion for your purse - kleenex because we know you’ll need them - a gift card to the cafeteria we recommend the egg McMemorial - inspirational sayings to tape to your child’s bed - Precious Prints business card. They make the most amazing finger(or foot)print necklaces at reasonable prices (contact Katie if you would like one made – she’d be happy to come to the unit). | Some on-line resources that you may find helpful now (and later) - marchofdimes.com - babycenter.com (preemie parenting board) - preemieparents.com - preemiestoday. - wordpress.com - caringbridge.com (to keep everyone updated) - HANDtoHOLD.org
FI: Congratulations on the birth of your baby! | Although this is not the way you had envisioned bringing your little one into the world, he or she is here and that IS something to celebrate :) Having a premature or sick infant at birth is likely one of the most unexpected, stressful and scary events you have ever encountered (and probably ever will). No one plans on having a baby in the NICU, and few have ever stepped into a neonatal intensive care unit prior to their child's birth. It is a very stressful and emotional experience one should never have to endure. You will have so many mixed emotions along the way- terror, fear, concern, heartache, but most importantly love. You will grow and learn with your baby, and some days will be easier than others. The hard days can be really hard, but they will be offset by many more that will leave you proud as you cheer on your little fighter. As moms of NICU graduates born at 26-, 27- and 30-weeks gestation (and close friends), we know how you feel. Because we have also experienced the chaos of having a child in the NICU, we wanted to help other families who are currently living the “NICU experience”. So together, we founded SimPol Miracles.
BC: If you ever need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to give one of us a CALL: Christy Simmer 815/238-9279: mom of Tyler - 2lb 10oz, 27-weeker (now 9) who spent 78 days in the NICU Sherri Polhamus 815/703-1972: mom of Kaci - 2lb, 30-weeker (now 7) who spent 48 days in the NICU Teal Gill 815/275-2824: mom of Talon - 1lb 6oz, 26-weeker (now 3) who spent 100 days in the NICU EMAIL us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org find us on facebook or visit simpolmiracles.com | These care packages are made possible because of generous donations made to
FC: welcome | to the world little one | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." -Albert Einstein