Why I Don't Want My Kids to Forget They Were Preemies

November 13, 2014 9:28 PM

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I don't have a photographic memory, but I can tell you exactly what I was doing on November 1st, from 2008 to probably 2012. My head was tilted to the side, probably leaning on some doorway, either in reflection or in search of a two-second nap, and I was watching my kids, in a moment when they were calm, and marveling at how far they'd come. I was probably even saying to myself, "Look how far they've come," then turning to NICU pictures, reminding us all about bilirubin lights and suck-swallow-breathe prayers. Still very anchored to their beginning, I knew the moment Prematurity Awareness Month started, I probably woke up at midnight to pin a purple ribbon somewhere and visit the March of Dimes site.

As years have passed, new stories have piled on top of the preemie stories, and, although they are always there, I have to brush the dust off a bit to go through the pages. A week into this November, I looked at my kids, and leaned my head towards the doorway, possibly looking for another two-second...

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