I never really thought about the NICU until the Happy Baby landed there on Day 1 of his life.
I never really thought about the hundreds of mommies who end up there as well.
Some with preemies, some with health complications like us, and some… some who never even get to take their baby home.
There’s Kristen and Patrick who had their twins at 24 weeks.
Sadly, Jackson did not make it, but his brother Wesley is hanging on at 2 lbs 2 oz.
Kristen comes to visit the Happy Baby and me and she is always smiling – always hopeful for her little man.
Then there’s Dareen who had triplets at 28 weeks.
Dareen who is there all day, every day, standing over her buddies’ isolets and willing them to get through yet another surgery.
Finally, there’s LaShay.
LaShay and her little Prince Kendrick who one day seems to take two steps forward and then the next day two steps back.
LaShay and Kendrick have been in the NICU since January.
These 3 mommies share a commonality.
They are warriors.
They are fighting a battle with an unknown end.
But they have not lost hope – not given up.
Because life is something to fight for.
When you’re in a battle like this day in and day out, sometimes you just need a little something to lift the burden.
A little lemonade, shall we say.
So here is the card I made and handed out to all the NICU mommies on Mother’s Day.
To all the Warrior NICU Mommies out there – Jesus Loves You!