As a mother of preemies, I know how difficult the NICU journey can be. Many parents don't anticipate that their child or children will need to spend time in the hospital before being able to come home with mom and dad. These parents usually don't have clothes prepared for such small babies. Most of these parents are spending as much time up at the hospital and don't have the time to go out shopping so their baby can have some clothes to wear. Having a child in the NICU can also be a financial strain on the parents. For me, being able to put clothes on my girls made taking care of my girls a more normal experience rather than focusing on trials of having your baby hospitalized.
I would like to celebrate the lives of the babies that are going to be spending December in the NICU this year by giving these parents an outfit to put on their baby. I did find shopping for preemie clothes to be a little bit of a challenge when my girls were so small. The best places to find preemie clothes were Babies R Us, The Carter's store, and Walmart.
I'm urging all my friends and family to help me out on quest to donate at least one article of clothing to each preemie baby staying in the NICU. The NICU normally holds around 60-70 babies at a time. Please help me by purchasing onesies or sending a donation to help me purchase as many onesies as possible. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. I would like to make the donation by December 19th just in time for Christmas. Please contact me and send me an email at email@example.com to let me know if you can help us out in our goal.
We did not have clothing ready to put on our girls and we received a few donations while Addison and Riley were growing and learning to eat in the NICU. The first onesie that Riley got to wear was a donation. Here is a picture of our beautiful girl with her very first outfit that the NICU donated to us:
And Addison's Pretty Outfit after hitting her 5 pound milestone:
I have also been blessed to have friends that have gone through a similar journey as us. The Hickey Family over at The Daily life with Quads were blessed with 4 happy healthy preemie babies and they all have done so well. We all rallied to help this family and make sure they were the best dressed set of multiples in the NICU. Something as simple as dressing your baby(s) while they have to live in the NICU can bring so much joy to a parent struggling in the new and different stages of preemie parenthood. Take a look at a few of her bundles of joy:
If you have made it this far, thanks for reading and thanks for considering this cause. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a donation and have a blessed Holiday season.
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