Because it’s Prematurity Awareness Month, I’d like to share some stories from other preemie moms. Then perhaps, even continue on even after November.
My very first spotlight blog is Mike&Ollie. We found each other through the Bloggers Unite: Fight for Preemies event. Mike&Ollie is the nickname given to preemie twins Isaac and Molly, who arrived four months too early in 1991 at 24 and 3/7ths week gestation. Their mother, Susan Bearman is posting their NICU journey on her blog. At birth, the twins weighed in at 1 pound 8 ounces and 1 pound 10.5 ounces. The twins spent more than four months in the NICU at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL. During this time, Susan kept a journal to try and stay sane and to help keep track of their progress. It begins on their birthday, November 17 and ends on their final day on the ISCU, March 26. Another cool thing about this blog is the glossary. It never crossed my mind that everyone doesn’t know what an NG tube is. Here, you can find out some of the words we’ve had to add to our vocabulary. Mike&Ollie is very touching and I only wish I had kept a journal like this. I only wrote everything down in a breastfeeding journal. I don’t follow very many blogs, but I am anxiously awaiting her next post. This is definitely a blog worth watching.
Here is Susan’s story:
My twins were born at 24 weeks, spent 5 months on the NICU, didn’t talk until they were four and had many, many years of therapy, not being on (or even near the growth charts), developmental delays and the usual retinue of preemie complications. Here’s the thing, though. My twins are some of the oldest surviving 24-weekers. On November 17, 2010, we celebrated their 19th birthday. They are now happy, healthy young adults. November 17 also happens to be National Prematurity Awareness Day. I thought that was such an amazing coincidence, that I started a new website, where I am posting the actual journals that I kept during our stay on the NICU. I am also currently writing a memoir of their journey.
That is just awesome. Here are some links to her blogs and some other places she and the twins have been featured:
Mike&Ollie: 24-weekers Who Beat the Odds (http://mikeandollie.wordpress.com/)
On my personal blog, Two Kinds of People:
Happy Prematurity Awareness Day (http://2kop.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-prematurity-awareness-day.html)
Gold Birthday: 17 Things I Learned from my Preemie Twins (http://2kop.blogspot.com/2008/11/golden-birthday-cmb-post.html)
I also was invited to do a guest post on The Bird Sisters Blog: