Monday, June 25, 2012

12 months

Parker & Hayes at 12 Months
P: Wt: 20lb 3 oz (52%), Ht: 28 1/4 inches (16.6%) 
H:  Wt: 19lbs 1 oz (32%), Ht: 28 inches (6.7%)

June 25, 2012 was bittersweet... it was our last visit with Tina, our nurse, from Nurses for Newborns.  As a  pediatric discharge planner nurse, I had referred patients to NFN for home safety checks or to help teen moms balance being a mom, school and pregnancy planning.. SO, when they asked us if I wanted a nurse from Nurses from Newborns to come to our home, my initial, internal, response was, "Do they think I can't take care of my babies?" 
The NICU nurse could probably see I was a little uncomfortable and started to explain their services. As she talked, I realized that this was to help me and the boys! Still a little reluctant, I said, "Ok". 
After we had been home a couple of weeks, we had our first visit with Tina. She explained her services, took demographic info and did assessments on the boys.. basically all I expected. She explained that she would come once a week for a while, then once a month until the boys turned two. A big benefit to having her, at first, was for weight checks;  the boys were so small at birth, the doctor wanted to make sure they were continuing to gain weight. Having a nurse come to the house meant no waiting the doctors office for weight checks once a week and possibly exposing two preemies to sick children. 
After a few visits, I realized that Tina was waaay more important to me and my family, than I had thought at first.. She, infact, was invaluable!! She was always there to answer any questions I had about nursing, formula changes, strange poops, coughs, runny noses, fevers, and a ton of other things that most new mommies worry about. She was patient, kind and always reassured me! 
When she came for our 12 month visit, she explained that because the boys were doing so well, meeting and exceeding expectations, that it would be her last visit! I think I teared up! Tina had become part of our little family!  We will miss her visits dearly! 
Thank you, Tina, for being such a fabulous resource and loving Parker, Hayes and me so much! 
We love you!

To learn more about Nurses for Newborns and what a fabulous non-profit organization it is, please click here to visit their website. 

*Photo taken by Tina.

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