World prematurity day is quickly approaching next week, on November 17th. Four and a half years ago my oldest daughter surprised us by arriving 9 weeks early. She weigh in at only 2lbs 15oz and those first days and weeks were so scary. We spent one day shy of 6 weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with her; those 6 weeks were some of the longest weeks of my life. We couldn’t have made it through without the amazing NICU staff and other preemie parents we met during our stay.
When I heard that the Parents of Preemies association here in Ottawa was looking for donations for their online auction to fund the parent packages given to preemie families in Ottawa’s NICUs, I decided that this was a cause I needed to support. Please go over to their Facebook page and place a bid on any item that catches your eye, but especially item number 9. I have donated a baby or child milestone session and included a 11×14″ canvas print. The auction is open until November 12th at 8 pm!