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Category Archives: Earthy and Expecting
On Jan. 23, Jax was discharged after 87 days in the York Hospital NICU.
Catch up with Smart posts from the week of Jan. 21, 2013.
When NICU babies are stable and nearing discharge, parents are invited to “room in” a night or two with their preemie.
On Monday, Jax graduated to the Continuing Care Nursery, the CCN. Staff often refer to it as the Country Club Nursery — it looks more like what you’d imagine a hospital nursery to look like. Plus, it’s quieter and has … Continue reading
Rejected titles for this post include, but are not limited to, “Staying abreast of your preemie’s feedings,” “Getting something on your chest,” and something playing off the musicality of “latch” and “leche,” but I didn’t quite get it worked out. … Continue reading
Preemies are warriors. My preemie hit the 5-pound milestone last weekend. While most parents would still cringe at that, remembering their own babies’ birth weights of six, seven, or even eight or nine pounds, Jon and I are just thrilled. … Continue reading
If you’ve been following my column (thank you!), you know that the “expecting” part of “Earthy and Expecting” is deceiving. You also know that my own pregnancy journey took a very unexpected twist on October 25, when I was hospitalized … Continue reading
Apropos of last week’s post, in which I talked about choosing to feel blessed rather than cheated by this alternative newborn parenting experience, I must say that the topic of feeding my baby tests my resolve. Besides not being able … Continue reading
My favorite band of all time is Pearl Jam. A line from one of their songs is, “How I choose to feel is how I am.” No, that’s not a yoga mantra or an accidentally profound fortune cookie. … Continue reading
I don’t want to be a total downer in this post, but with all the new territory to learn, all the ups and downs and changes we’re experiencing, and despite all my attempts to demystify and normalize it for you, … Continue reading