Get as much sleep as you can, trust that your little one is growing as fast as they can so they can come home with you.
Be brave, find courage in your little fighters. They are small but they are mighty.
At that point, your baby needs you, and you need to be there. You push all your emotions away, and move forward somehow so that you can be there. You feel numb and overwhelmed with caring for this tiny human. I also felt unsupported emotionally because nobody else I knew had a preemie and didn’t understand what I was going through, I would often get comments that they might have thought were supportive but I found them insensitive and hurtful.
Take one day at a time. Soon your baby will be home.
Stay strong and hopeful. Keep informed too. Make sure the doctors are keeping you in the loop. And always remember to only panic when the nurses do.
My ‘words of wisdom’ would be to remain calm, as your baby can sense your emotions. Babies are tougher than we think and will surprise you over and over again.
Celebrate the smallest milestones- holding your baby for the first time, even changing a nappy for the 1st time! And savour these moments.
Giving birth to a premature baby is the same as going on a roller coaster ride. It is an up and down ride, you will scream and cry out of fear and in the same breath scream and cry laughter.
There WILL be days with bad news, cry if you need to and then just know that tomorrow is another day and progress and good news will come. Preemies are the best fighters in the world!
Don’t be shy to ask and take help, you too need to rest and take care of your well-being.