Monday, April 19, 2010

You Know You're the Parent of a Preemie When...

You know you're the parent of a preemie when...

1.You use strange initials (C-PAP, CCs, NICU, NG) when discussing your child.

2.You actually remember how many CCs make up an ounce.

3.You count her weight in grams.

4. The skin on your hands is peeling from washing so often!

5.You hesitate when someone asks his/her age, but you know exactly how much he/she weighs!

6. The answer to "How old is your baby?" is a story 30 minutes long!

7. When someone asks his birthday, you reply, "Which one?"

8. You start to understand some of the things they say on ER!

9. You turn into Kung-Fu Mom when someone tries to touch your baby.

10. You attempt to measure just how much spit-up he/she just had before you clean it up!

11. You know how much he weighs before putting him on the scale at the doctor's office

12. You cry at Maternity Ward and get mad at Baby Story.

13. You see a 7lb newborn and say "Wow! She's so BIG!"

14. Your baby is months old before she can even go to the mall.

15. You have never explained why your baby is on an apnea monitor.

16. When someone says how tiny your baby is, you argue that she is huge -- and to demonstrate, you whip out pictures of her in NICU.

17. You do a health check on people when they come to your house to visit .

18. You make people wash their hands before going near your child.

19. You want to scream when someone says that she just wants to have this baby now - at week 28, 32, or 34.

20. You are so amazed when someone actually tells you your baby is big for his age!

21. You tried to find a place to buy newborn size diapers in bulk.

22. You called half your relatives when the baby grew out of their first pair of pajamas!

23. You never take your child for granted.

24. You worry about RSV season and it is still weeks away . . .

25. You know what "RSV" stands for.

26. You donate his/her tiny clothes to the NICU and marvel that they seem so small - when they were too darn large!

27. Your daughter gets a simple cold and her doc sees her within the hour!

28. People say, "She CAN'T be __ old...she's too little!"

29. It has taken them 5 months to grow INTO newborn clothes!

30. You pick up 2 pounds of ground beef and think that your baby was born weighing less than that!

31. You buy "Purell" in bulk

32. You know about oxygen tanks and regulators more than the company supplying it to the airplanes

33. You can stare at your baby for hours when she sleeps

34. The security guards just wave you by when they see you come in the front door of the hospital.

35. When someone asks what sent you're wearing, you reply, "Germ-X" without batting an eye.

36. In the course of a day you have wanted to slap and bear hug the same NICU nurse.

37.The statement "breastfeeding is simple and natural" makes you laugh -- or cry, depending on the day and the hour.

38. You could drive the route from your house to the hospital in your sleep... and maybe you have.

39. You can't remember what you talked about before feeding schedules, diapers, and growth charts.

40. The sound of your baby crying is beautiful, not annoying.

41. You not only know what "bilirubin" is, you have had several extensive conversations about it.

**I did not make this up, BTW - I copied them from a post from my micro-preemie group. But, I thought they were pretty spot on.

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