I had the honor to write over on Preemie Babies 101 this week. I hope you’ll check it out, especially if you’ve ever thought about doing a little writing. (The post is geared to preemie parents, but it’s really applicable to all.)
“Whether your baby was in the NICU for 2 days or 200, the result of having a birth experience begin in the midst of noisy beeping machines, a multitude of doctors and nurses, and the palpable fear that persistently swirls in the NICU air, the impact can have long-lasting effects on us as parents. The problem is, we’re so busy taking care of our new little ones, we have no time to recognize and acknowledge how significant our baby’s birth has been on our emotional state. We’re simply trying to survive this crazy world that’s suddenly been thrust upon us and hoping and praying the same holds true for our babies.
As our babies heal and grow and eventually arrive at home, it seems there is even less time to explore our emotional state, for now our little one is under our care alone. The concept of taking time for ourselves is nearly laughable. Sit down? Reflect upon how I’m feeling? Yeah right.
But here’s the deal. At some point we do have to sit down and reflect upon our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, because if we don’t, they just breed and fester way down deep in the dark recesses where we’ve tucked them away. And by bringing our buried fears, hopes, dreams, disappointments and truths to the light, we are in fact helping our child to heal and grow as well. A healthy, whole parent is one of the greatest gifts we can offer to our children.
So where do I begin?”
Click on this link to find out! Write to Heal
I hope your summer is off to a wonderful start and you’re finding moments to rest, relax and breathe.