I had been told by other
grandmothers about the NICU Experiences, the critical care unit
where my grandsons would be just after birth. Since my children didn't have to go to the NICU, I was concerned and had many questions.
My high school girlfriend, Beverly called me one day and we discussed what our family will be facing if the boys had to go into the NICU. Her grandchild had stayed a short time and she wanted to share her experiences with me.
During our discussion, she really prepared me for the experiences: wires, tubes, sounds, monitors! I'm so thankful that she took the time to help me understand that this is a process that will be memorable to all of us!
I hope by taking time to read this site, it will give you a comfort as you enter the NICU to see your grandchildren for the first time!
However, until you enter
this NICU area and experience it for yourself, it may be a shock and
surprise to all your senses! This is called the NICU Experience!
God was with us that day as we walked in (or in my daughter's case, pushed in our her bed) and viewed our new grandsons....a peace, a joy, and a calmness surrounded the two poddets (My nickname for the small area where each child was in a warming bed) as we stood in amazement.
In the NICU, there
are a multitude of the wires, bright lights, the buzzing noises, the tubes that were necessary for life, and there lay two
tiny boys on each side of the aisle…our beautiful grandsons!
This first visit, I really only looked at the boys in amazement in their separate incubators not knowing which way to turn. Oh, they are so very tiny! Baby B seemed to almost fit in the palm of my husband's hand!
Our first NICU Experiences and little did we know, our youngest grandson would be there for almost six weeks!
What is that sound…monitors going off as nurses rush to another pod.
Crying, so emotional, the first time I saw you!
Focus on the little one in front of you! Oh, so tiny, but color was good, they both had good voices or cries (so the nurses told us), and oxygen levels were good, but a feeding tube was required. Nurses were confident that our grandsons were healthy!
I found myself doing quickly the maternal count:
Grandpa looked like he was doing the same thing! We tried to observe all we could in our short visit.
You try to hold back the tears, the pride that you are feeling, but such emotion rushes throughout your body that you have no words......just jubilation and excitement!
Congratulations you are now really known as a Grandparent!
can remember my Mom telling my daughter one day that she immediately
"fell in love with her the moment she saw her!" Yes, that tradition
continued the moment I saw our twins! My heart was full of pure love
and devotion for these two tiny babies and I'm sure you will fill the
same way the moment you see your grandchild!
they are so precious and I can't wait to have them outside of the unit!
Yes, I will carry on the traditions! Yes, Granny or GiGi or whatever my name becomes, is ready to spoil
and love you! I'm sure all Grandparents have felt the same the first
time they met their grandchildren! What a remarkable feeling!
First NICU Experience time was over.....we had to leave, but our lives were changed during that short glimpse of the future!
Joy in your heart
In the form below, please share your NICU Experiences. How long did your grandchild have to stay in the NICU? What issues did your grandchild face during this difficult time? Were there any procedures or issues that concerned you? Thank you!
Please share your fears, concerns and any additional instructions that you and the new parents were given when entering NICU or while your grandchild was in a pod. This information will be extremely helpful to others just entering this area!