The Fabulous Three

NICU Reunion, Family Celebration, Hand to Hold Birthday, Photo Contest

Logan, Maddyn, & Mackenna U. ~ Super Hero Alias: The Fabulous Three

Mackenna, Logan, and Maddyn U.Age: 18 months old
Weight at Birth: 4lbs 5 oz, 3 lbs 3 oz, 2 lbs 15 oz
Weeks Gestation: 32 weeks
Time in the NICU: 30-38 days

Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?

We were born at 32 weeks because our Mommy just could not keep us in any longer!  Our Mommy and Daddy were so excited to finally see us and they cried A LOT those first few weeks.  We mean it, they were a mess.  They came to the NICU every day and held us and told us that we were strong and we were fighters, and that we could make it through the rough patches.  Finally we were able to come home from the NICU and boy, were we excited!  We had so much to learn that we tried to stay up all night for MONTHS!  We had a lot of 4:00 am parties.  We are so blessed to be triplets, and our Mommy and Daddy thank God every day that He made us a family.

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Wonder Girls

NICU Reunion, Family Celebration, Hand to Hold Birthday, Photo Contest

Lily & Sophie S. ~ Super Hero Alias: Wonder Girls

Lily and Sophie SAge: 16 months
Weight at Birth: Lily – 4 lbs and Sophie – 3 lbs 15 ounces
Weeks Gestation: 34 weeks
Time in the NICU: Lily – 29 days; Sophie – 14 days

Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?
Twin birth – preterm labor – my water broke – both had low birth weight; Lily had sleep apnea, problems eating, and reflux.

Why should your children be recognized as “Preemies of the Year”?

My adorable twins, Lily and Sophie, should be recognized as your Preemies of the Year because they deserve to be recognized for their individuality and power to influence others. As the second born twin, Sophie came out early and little but she fought hard to be the biggest and strongest and the first one home. Lily is a brave little fighter who has had many issues including sleep apnea, reflux, and a helmet to fix her head shape. Both of these sweet girls can warm and melt your heart with one little smile just like fire. They also have this amazing capability or super power to work any room like the greatest social butterflies and bring smiles to all they meet. They love each other and are inseparable. They tickle each other and giggle so much that they fall to the ground in hysterics and mommy and daddy can’t help but laugh.
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Brens-family-in-NICUPregnancy is a gift and babies are nothing short of miraculous. Sometimes, however,  things don’t go as planned. If you are a parent whose life has been changed by a NICU stay we invite you to join the Hand to Hold community.

We are parents of preemies, parents of children with special health care needs, and parents who have suffered the loss of a baby. We’ve counted A’s and B’s. We’ve celebrated successful feedings. And we’ve suffered setbacks along the way. But we have survived – and even thrived – in our new role as NICU veterens.

Everyone’s journey is unique, but the road is similar. And the impact is undeniable. Especially the emotional toll on you and your family. Hand to Hold provides support when you need it the most and opportunities for you to help others when you are ready.

Do You Need Support?

Request Support or a Peer Match

Would you like to talk to another parent who has been where you are now? You can request a Helping Hand through our  peer-to-peer support program. If you are interested you will be matched with a trained Helping Hand volunteer. You can connect with your mentor online, by text, or by phone. (Peer support is also available for parents who have suffered a loss.) Whether you just have a few questions or want to talk to someone who “gets it” –  we want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Call our toll-free hotline or contact us via email for assistance. CALL 1-855-H2H-NICU, 1-855-424-6428. Or email support [at] handtohold [dot] org

Tap into Information for Parents Like You

Hand to Hold prepares a monthly e-newsletter with helpful articles, information on upcoming events, and opportunities to connect with other parents. Our print newsletter Hand Prints is delivered to parents in NICUs and medical clinics to give them the information they need and invite them to become a part of our larger NICU community. In addition, as you explore, you’ll find links to:

Do You Want to Help?

Your experience is valuable. Sharing what you’ve learned can make a lasting difference to a fellow NICU family. Being a mentor to others can also help you feel connected and empowered! Join our volunteer list to request a volunteer role.

Help Us Reach Other Parents

With the touch of a button you can help spread the news that NICU families are no longer alone. With your help, we can instill hope and provide vital resources to empower families to achieve health and stability. Please consider sharing information about Hand to Hold with your friends, family and health care providers. You can connect with us here or on social media sites. Please join the conversation – and join our community of  parents and professionals. Do you want to bring services and support to a particular NICU? Find out how to sponsor a NICU Resource Library.

Share What You Know

Help us improve our online resource directory by recommending websites, books, health providers and other resources that have been helpful to you. Consider contributing to our PreemieBabies101 blog.

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Donations of any size will be thoughtfully applied to further the mission of Hand to Hold. Contributions may be made simply in the spirit of giving, in honor of a loved one or in appreciation for a caregiver. Read more about how Hand to Hold empowers parents. For a limited time lifetime recognition is available by joining the Founder’s Circle.

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