I like to sarcastically make light of things when the going gets rough. So if you want a good laugh, stick around, you might just get a giggle or two out of this post.
Everyone warns you. Just watch, when you get a baby, you lose sleep.
Well… not us! We’ve gotten a full nights rest! Midnight feedings? HA! The nurse does that for us! High fevers? No worries, the nurse is there. Ran out of formula? Just tell the nurse! Parenting has been easy peesy!
All we need to do is wake up, get ready for our day; prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner, abandon our poor dog home alone with enough water and food, hop in the car and drive past two counties north bound, enter the hospital and begin parenting! Easy right?!
Nobody warned us about the NICU though.
While the NICU has become our baby’s home and our part time home, sometimes it isn’t really warm. The staff is wonderful! Every nurse is sweet and kind and since Lucas was their baby before we got him, they all love to be around us, just so they can be around him! What I mean about the NICU not being warm is that it is always FREEZING in there! The A/C is blasting, to keep babies temperatures regulated, the lights are dimmed, you can’t touch your face without having to wash your hands for another minute, and for some reason, they forgot to put some comfy sofas in there! My husband and I are usually there for about 8-12 hours, some days feel longer, some feel shorter.
I know, I know, some mommies are getting jealous of our NICU living, right?
Like everything, there are pro’s and con’s. The best part about being in the NICU is that our child gets round the clock care. He gets two nurses a day, one for the morning shift, one for the evening shift. If there is any inconsistency, it is charted and taken care of if need be. The con about having our baby in the NICU is that we are a one and a half hour drive away from him. It’s not like I can hop in my car in the late hours of the night to give him his midnight feeding, these trips need to be planned with much time.
So we make the best of it. I can honestly say I don’t like having a child in the NICU but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve come to learn so many things through this experience and had tons of help from all the nurses to become a better mom.
I am very ready to have some sleepless nights with my baby. After this experience, I can’t wait to have our precious baby home, possibly in zombie mode, but having him with me every minute of the day. Yes, I know you’ll warn me soon enough that eventually I’ll want two minutes alone in the bathroom, but for now, I really just want my child in my arms, in the privacy of my own home.
So when the going gets rough, try to laugh a little and make light of the whole thing. Be grateful for the small things and move on. Life is what you make of it!