There will be a lot to do once your baby comes home.
Here is some great advice on getting yourself ready physically, emotionally, and practically.
Tara: “The night before the first of my twins came home; my husband and I left the NICU, and went out to dinner. After 3 months of ups and downs we took that night to enjoy one last meal together before the twins came home and the chaos ensued!”
Tracy: “…fit in some mommy pampering. Get your hair done, get a pedicure, go to the dentist, etc. Once the baby comes home, there will be no time to do anything for yourself with all of the baby's doctor and therapy appointments for at least the first three months. My son's discharge was delayed a week due to apnea spells and I was able to do so much to get the house and myself ready for his homecoming.”
Joann: we had a celebration and a nice hurrah before we transitioned to life at home with a 28weeker newborn. We had a great sushi dinner while our family cleaned our apartment. It really relaxed us before the craziness of having a preemie at home.
Amanda: “Just let your heart be your guide. Get to know and understand your baby’s needs.”
Kelly: “Be realistic about what you can accomplish. Understand that post traumatic stress is real. Have a counselor or other mental health professional to call on b/c it is ok to need help! Now is not the time for pride.”
Amanda: “DONT PANIC or stress yourself out. After so much time in the NICU chances are you know a thing or 2 about your new addition and sometimes you just got to go with the flow.”
Jen: Trust your gut. You're the parent. You know your children, even if you're uncertain. Mom's instinct is usually right on.
Katie: I highly recommend a wrap to carry your baby in. It will mimic kangaroo care but still allow you to be mobile.