The biggest reason we started the blog was practicality. It was easier to keep our friends and family updated via the internet when we were spending every spare moment in the NICU. But I also thought it would be a nice way to meet other parents facing similar circumstances, as well as to offer hope, inspiration, and information to other parents out there wondering what they might expect as they began their journey.
I had no idea that "blogging" would have such a big impact on my life. I have met so many wonderful people that I now consider "friends" even though we only know one another in the cyber world. Halle Grace was one of our very first micropreemie friends after her mom found our blog and sent me an email. We had the chance to meet our micro preemie friend Kaitlyn in "real life" when we visited California last summer. I really can't imagine enduring this journey (the NICU stay, doctor appointments, feeding issues, delays, disabilities, and many many other issues we have faced) without the support of the other families we have met through our blog. In the midst of all the stress and fear and worry, it was at least helpful to feel a little less alone.
Since we began our journey, our list of micropreemie friends keeps growing and growing. As much as I want to, and would if I could, it has gotten hard for me to keep track of everyone! I don't want to leave anyone out.
So, I am creating this post as a blogroll of all of the micropreemie blogs out there, and am hoping it can serve as a directory for new parents looking for information and stories similar to their own. For this purpose, I will define "micropreemie" as any preemie weighing 2 pounds or less at birth, or preemies born before 26 weeks gestation.
If you have a blog about a micropreemie, please comment and tell us their name(s), your link, their birthday and gestational age, birth weight, length of NICU stay, significant NICU events, surgeries, and ongoing issues or complications if there are any.
And thank you to all of you who have supported my family and my girls over the years!!! I don't know how we would do it without you!