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Sunday, July 10, 2011


I'm trying to write my farewell letter to the doctors and nurses.

I'm having a really hard time with it.

Preparing to leave is so bittersweet. I've come to love these people as family, and they love my babies too. I've spent every single day of the last three and a half months with them, they've become a part of my life and I'm going to miss that part. It's like some weird grown-up version of summer camp, but with your sick babies... you're ready for it to be over but you're not ready to say goodbye.

And then, how do you express a gratitude this deep? "Thank you" is what you say to the person who holds the door for you at the bank. "Thank you" is not sufficent for the people who saved your babies lives.

I'd say I owe them my first born but she's super cute and after all this I'd really like to keep her. :)

Phililppians 1:3 - I thank my God upon every remembrance of you


  1. I'd say you write a version of what you just said here...it's so sweet and a lighthearted way to say something so deeply meaningful! I love it!

    Glad your babies will be coming home soon!

  2. and...coming from a family of nurses...they love food! Get them something for the nurses station to munch on...one of those edible arrangements would be so cool!

  3. I agree with the above comments. Just say what you just said. That plus food. :)

  4. I can imagine. After just three days in the hospital, when we left, I felt like I owed my doctor something! I felt SAD to not see him any more. So, your feeling is certainly 1,000 times that. I agree with Lacey, though. Say all that you said here. Sounds perfect to me. :)

  5. I agree with everything you just said. Even though my baby didn't spend time in the NICU, I still felt this overwhelming gratitude to the people who helped bring my LO into this world. I am giving them thank you cards, pics and coffee gift cards since nurses and doctors have long hours.
    Congrats on having your babies home soon :)

  6. Just came across your blog. Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Huge accomplishment for the babies and their parents!
    My older daughter was only in NICU four days. Each year the hospital hosts a Halloween pumpkin patch for babies who started out in NICU. Last year was our third pumpkin patch, but the first time we ran into Molly. Molly is the nurse who cared for Mad and guided us through our short stay (it didn't feel short to us... 100+ days is incomprehensible to me). When I saw her, I couldn't help but hug her and I only barely contained my emotions. Same when we saw the neonatalogists who authorized us to do kangaroo care after two days and attempt nursing after three days. Heck, even as I write this I can feel those emotions bubbling up. There really are no individual words... but I'm sure you found the right combination.

    Happy mommying!


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