My son, Kane, was born rather unexpectedly at 32 weeks 5 days. When he arrived, he weighed 4 lbs 1 oz and was 15 1/2 inches. Kane spent a total of 54 days in the Royal Alexandra Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where we met quite a few families going through similar experiences. The photos below were taken in November 2012 and November 2013. What a difference a year makes. I think the book is particularly fitting!
Today, we had the opportunity to catch up with some of those families and some of Kane’s nurses at the NICU Graduate Tea. We attended the tea hosted by the Royal Alex, but my understanding is that each hospital in Edmonton with a NICU hosted their own tea. What an amazing idea!! It was wonderful to see all these babies ten months later!
Last Christmas we were spending the majority of our waking hours in the NICU. As you can imagine, not the most ideal place to spend the holidays. But there was one family who made an effort to let us know there were people out there who cared (other than the staff who always tried to show us!) The King’s brought in quilts made by their family and friends for every baby in the NICU. They brought in 67 quilts! We still have our quilt. It’s sitting three feet from where I’m typing!
Today, we got to thank the King family again and learn how quilting has become their business. Seeing Jennifer and Michelle reinforced my desire to pay it forward by offering Christmas mini-sessions at the Royal Alex NICU as an additional voluntography project. Now, I just have to get the hospital on board!!
Speaking of voluntography, look who else Kane and I ran into!
I met Rylie and photographed her with her family in October. You can see that blog post by clicking here.
And what would a celebratory tea be without Santa Claus? Especially when he’s willing to play peek-a-boo!
The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation has a link on their website explaining to parents of premature babies how they can defer their maternity leave employment insurance by applying for the Parents of Critically Ill Children’s Benefit (PCIC) through Service Canada. This benefit just became available as of June 9th of this year. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!
PLEASE pass the PCIC information on to any parents you know with a baby in the NICU. I am more than happy for you to share the information by sharing this blog post ; )