Operation Round Noggin: Our Plagiocephaly Helmet Journey

Operation Round Noggin: Our Plagiocephaly Helmet Journey

Honestly, the helmeting process has been tougher on this mama than on Rowan!  I’ll never forget the first time I cuddled him with the helmet on; it felt like my warm, squishy baby had turned into a cold, hard plastic robot. Out of all the things he’s been through, surprisingly this was one of the hardest on me. It’s because it’s a big, clunky outward reminder of all the things we’ve been through. It’s something that could possibly have been prevented, especially had he not been intubated for so long. The helmet was just one more “thing” to add to the list of my responsibilities and monthly appointments.

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Not Just A Crib

Not Just A Crib

Whether or not a mother is in my situation, I think a baby registry is a list of hopes and dreams for all the things you’ll do with your baby when he comes home. You imagine baths with the plastic tub that fits in the kitchen sink, swaddling him with the blanket that is too expensive but worth it because it’s so soft, and laying him down for the night to sleep peacefully in the perfect crib.

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The Answer to the Most Popular “Rowan Question”

The Answer to the Most Popular “Rowan Question”

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, Alex and I stumbled upon an Oxygen Bar. There sat an entire family of 5 on bar stools all hooked up to nasal cannulas laughing and taking selfies. I found it hilarious that people found oxygen support to be a tourist attraction!

Rowan did not go on vacation with us, mainly due to the fact that he’s still on oxygen. It would be possible for us to take him, but I don’t think it would be fun for any of us, including Rowan.

“How much longer will he be on oxygen?”

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Free Meal Planning Binder

Free Meal Planning Binder

Fail to (Meal) Plan, Plan to Fail I hate making grocery lists! It’s one of my dreaded weekly chores because it is time consuming. I have to decide what I want to cook, find the recipes, check the pantry for ingredients, second guess my menu, consult Pinterest, ask my...

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Story Books for NICU Babies

Story Books for NICU Babies

Special Delivery: NICU Books! One day while Rowan was in the NICU, I received a very special delivery from a dear cousin. Books! We both have teaching degrees, so we both know the value of reading to kids, babies too! Even the tiniest of babies can benefit from...

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What Does A NICU Mama Need?

What Does A NICU Mama Need?

Life is Tough for NICU Mamas The NICU is not part of anyone’s ideal birth plan, take it from a professional NICU mama. My baby was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 186 days, that’s just over six months! We both survived, thank God! I was blessed with a...

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Safe Space

Safe Space

An experience recently made me question my relationship with my mother. Like many growing up, I used to think things between the two of us were, well, complicated. There were preteen hormone induced arguments. College years were abundantly stocked with eye-rolls and...

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Well, Hello There!

Well, Hello There!

I’m Amber, just a thirty-something mama turning her pain into passion while pursuing life’s purpose.

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