“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.”
~A.A. Milne, from "Winnie the Pooh"

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dedicated to Special Care Nurses

Dear Liddy,
After your doctor's appointment today, we took a small side trip over to IU to visit one of the nurses who took care of you in the NICU there, Emily, who is very soon moving with her family to Georgia. We went to say goodbye, even though I am sure that she will be a visitor when you have your OHS. I wanted very badly for her to be able to see how all of her hard work payed off and what a beautiful, happy, and healthy baby you are!

You had a wonderful team of ladies who took such great care of you while you were there and although we loved them all (and they all loved you too!) two of them really wiggled their way deep into my heart, Emily on day shift and Karen on night shift.

Emily was there on the very first day that they brought you over from Riley's NICU and she immediately fell head over heels in love with you. That would have been all it took to steal your mommy's heart too, but when I found out that her married name was the same as my maiden one, it was true love. :) Little did I know how very much she would make a difference in my life, and that after three weeks of both of us fighting to get you home, how much of a friend she would be to me. 
Karen was on duty for the middle of the night feedings. I didn't spend as much time with her as I did with Emily, because frankly I was half asleep when I was around her. lol But she spent a LOT of time with you and was known to carry you around with her while she did various things during the wee hours of the night after Mommy and Daddy went home. And now since you've been home, I have been lucky enough to build a friendship with her through the emails, pictures, texts (and even a visit) we have shared...

There really aren't words to thank these two amazing ladies for all that they did for you, and for me. They have held my hand and wiped my tears. They have spoken frankly about what needed to be done and have stood beside me fighting to get someone, anyone, to listen to our concerns, our fears, and our wishes. They have given me sound advice and unwavering support. They celebrated each of your victories (almost walking on air with every ounce that you gained!) and practically cried with us with every setback. They giggled and fussed over every outfit we brought in for you, and had to go show you every day so that EVERYONE could see how very adorable you looked. These two fought to take care of you on the days that they were working! They have guided me, befriended me, and loved both of us deeply...and I adore them both!!! I sincerely hope that we are every bit as blessed by the nurses who will take care of you during our next hospital stay as we were the last one!

I am so sad to see Emily leave, but I also feel that she was here right when we needed her, and will do bigger and better things as she moves on. Georgia, I hope you know how very lucky you are!


  1. This is awesome that you are still friends with them! We were only in the special care nursery for 4 days, but I'll always remember my two favorite nurses. They were great, but the nurses in the cardiac icu was even better!! They are wonderful I promise :) So excited for Lydia to get her healthy heart!

  2. I'm just missing one special nurse...and I feel very compelled to try to find her too! She took care of ME for the four days I was in labor (and somehow missed her being born!) and even when she wasn't my nurse any longer, when I had the complication on the Saturday after Liddy was born she stood there and held my hand. If any of you SCN ladies know how I can get a hold of Kim L. from the OBICU, I would forever be grateful. I just LOVE her!
    During our three week struggle to bring Lydia home, the ladies over in the Special Care Nursery became like family. They loved her and wanted to keep her, yet they wanted desperately for us to get to take her home...I won't ever forget that. :)

  3. I still keep contact with the three Nurses who had the greatest impact on me in the NICU. They follow my blog and really enjoy reading about Russell and watching him grow.

  4. Ok I am a follower of your blog now, momma! And I am literally in tears over how sweetly written this post is. I am so glad that our paths crossed. I feel very blessed to have taken care of both you and that sweet "itty bitty Liddy!" And I will hunt you down over at Riley... beware!

  5. I wouldn't expect anything less, Emily! We love you to death, girl and I feel EXTREMELY blessed to have had you and Karen beside us during those long, rough days. I know I have no idea what I would have done without you on the day we decided we had to go home. Your support and reassurances that we had to do what we had to do and that you would all take wonderful care of her when we couldn't be there really made a huge difference (even though I still cried alot!) We love you, girl, and wish you all the best in GA!


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