NICU Nurses Day

Friday, September 14, 2012

I honestly can't imagine what we would have done had it not been for you.

You sat with us as we willed our baby to live.  You cried with us when the devastating news would flood in.  You prayed with us, bossed us around, listened to our concerns, questions, suggestions, and fears.  You taught me how to change a diaper on a baby the size of a coke can who was wrapped in tubes and wires.  You did your own research, sometimes battling the doctors....and when you did, you usually won.  You sang, rocked, and read books to her when we weren't there.  It was you who placed Alli on my chest for the first time, almost 2 months after her birth.  You are the one who taught me to celebrate every single milestone (1 lb club, 2 lb club, 3 lb club and so on. Her first onesie, first bottle, first real bath, and open crib).  You broke rules by letting us stay after visiting hours, offering to let us hold her for "two minutes" even though she was too fragile and critical to be held, and you snuck our big girls in giving us our first family picture of 5.  You texted me pictures in the middle of the night just to show me her 3 am feeding or how she was dressed after her baths.  And then you came on your days off just to sit with us through surgery or because you wanted to see how she was on a particular day or because you just couldn't miss seeing us finally going home.  We weren't your only patient, but you certainly made us feel like we were. 

And through all that, you still managed to do your actual job of saving our baby's life and the lives of some of the smallest and sickest.  Your heart is an extremely special one. You were made for this.

You've supported us every step of the way, even long after we were in our car heading home.  We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for all the work you put in every single day.  Your care was very simply, the absolute BEST of care.  We thank God for you and are so grateful to have you in our lives forever. 

To ALL the NICU Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, but especially to
Alli's Dream Team....
Happy NICU Nurses Day 2012
Thank you will never be enough. 
Carrie, Jami, Gwynn, Cristi, Jessica, Katy, Denise, Vanessa, Valeria, Angie, Stephanie, Rita, and a boat load of others I KNOW I'm forgetting....We LOVE you! 

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