Top 10 NICU Knows for Parents

Ellisa with Nurse Vicky

This is a list I’ve been working on since day one and I’ve finally gotten around to finishing it up. It’s been awhile since I was in NICU for those 2.5 months, but some things you’ll never forget. Here’s my top 10 list of things all parents should know if they’re having to deal with … Continue reading

Ellisa’s Homecoming Anniversary

Ellisa Coming Home from NICU, December 1st, 2010

I just realized that a year ago today, we brought Ellisa home from NICU. It was a relief. It was a joy. It was about time. A year after being discharged, Ellisa is amazing us and everyone else with how much she has achieved against all odds. I look forward to watching my little girl grow into … Continue reading

NICU Reunion: North Austin Medical Center

North Austin Medical Center

I was excited when a nurse called me two weeks ago to tell me about the NICU reunion where the twins were born. I wanted to see some of the nurses and especially visit with Ellisa’s primary doctor, Dr. Wheatley, who is the person responsible for saving Ellisa’s life. We got back a couple hours … Continue reading

Managing Twins Apart: 0-3 months

Mommy visiting Ellisa

The first three months. Gosh. They were hard, no doubt. But sometimes I wonder if they were easier for me vs. a mom with completely healthy twins. I’m not at all suggesting I’m glad I had it the way I did, as I would prefer it to have been 10 times more difficult if it … Continue reading

Managing Twins: The first two weeks, NICU

Hudson Sleeping Day 8

I started this blog after the peanuts were born and I haven’t yet had the chance to sit down to reflect. It seems appropriate to do it now as they will be turning one soon. Plus, I really need to get my experience down in writing before it’s forgotten. I’m already drawing a blank at … Continue reading

Old Chum the Lion

Chum at Home

Ellisa loves Old Chum the Lion. I discovered this within the first month of her being home when I put her down in her bassinet. Laying on her back looking up, a lion face from her mobile appeared. Looking down on her was an adorable little lion, smiling. As soon as she saw the lion’s … Continue reading

Labor and Delivery

Hudson One Day Old

Wow, my labor and delivery experience was nothing like I expected. All the reading, classes, and shared stories from other moms were helpful in preparing me for a typical child birth scenario, but my experience was far from the norm. No one could have prepared me. I wish with all my heart that I enjoyed … Continue reading