Thursday, December 24, 2009

Having a Memorable Merry Christmas in the NICU

A new article on the Type-A Mom site, published just in time for Christmas. This article on Making it a Merry Christmas in the NICU, focuses on ways that some generous people and organizations are helping to make Christmas in the NICU a better time for NICU parents.

Three of the ways are crafty ways of coping with the NICU.

Knitting in the NICU at Christmas
One of my favorite crafty NICU Projects is Respiratory Therapist Glenna Muse's Knitting in the NICU.

For Christmas this year she created a collection of holiday inspired hats with Santa hats, Camo Santa hats, Christmas Tree hats, and Rudolf hats.

Read about the Thanksgiving NICU hats at the Thanksgiving is a Time to be Thankful post and more about her mission to bring hats to NICU babies at her blog, A Fridge Full of Food.

Afghans for NICU Babies
Another project that I liked, showing how NICU Parents are giving back is the Afghan for NICU Babies being organized by Kathryn from Vacaville, CA. She posted posted information about the 3rd Annual Afghans for NICU Babies for Christmas on the Crochetville Forum and has already starting the 4th Annual Afghans for NICU Babies for Christmas for Christmas 2010.

You can read more about the Afghans for NICU Babies on her post at the Crochetville Forum.

Christmas Poems
One of the more inspired NICU Christmas poems, "Jolly Old St. NICU" was written in 2005 by the Daddy of Benjamin, Casey, Danielle and Emily (in memory).
'Twas the night before Christmas, and in each isolette
Little creatures were squirming and getting all set;
Machinery sat by their bedsides with care,
In hopes that good breathing skills soon would be there.
The full version of the poem, "Jolly Old St. NICU" can be found on the site.

Read even more ways that people are helping NICU Parents have a Merrier Christmas in the Making it a Merry Christmas in the NICU on Type-A Mom.

A related article is on the Type-A Mom site under the NICU section of Mom Stages.

More on Holidays in the NICU

Dyer KA. 2009. Making it a Merry Christmas in the NICU. Type-A Mom.

Dyer KA. 2009. Tips for Celebrating and Coping with Christmas in the NICU. Type-A Mom.

Dyer KA. 2009. Giving Thanks Even when Thanksgiving is in the NICU. Type A Mom.
Dyer KA. 2009. Encouraging Message: The Full, True Thanksgiving Comes from the Heart. NICU Parent Support Blog.
Dyer KA. 2009. Being Thankful at Thanksgiving in the NICU. NICU Parent Support Blog.

Image: Glenna Muse. Knitting for the NICU: Christmas '09. Used with Permission.

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