When you have a preemie, the words “flu season” can make everything within you cringe. The triplets were born in December. Flu season runs through December. At the NICU they were born at, this meant no visitors, none, nada, no siblings, no grandparents, no friends, no one. Only parents were allowed to visit. The reasoning was to minimize the baby’s exposure to outside germs (aka the flu and other winter illnesses) that could potentially be life threatening to such fragile babies. •
If you’ve had a kid (or kids) in the NICU with older siblings at home, you know how hard it is to have babies and return home after discharge with said babies, to a sibling who wants to know why the babies can’t come home. This was us. With Braelynn.
She was five-years old at the time. She was a freaking rock star through my pregnancy. She understood that mommy = four people (mommy + babies), she was so amazing through my bedrest, she had a harder time understanding why I had to quickly leave home and go to the hospital when I was in labor at 29 weeks, she had an even harder time understanding why I wasn’t allowed to come home after my labor was stopped and I was placed on hospital bedrest until the babies were born. She comprehended that the babies were born and that they were having a “sleepover” at the hospital and couldn’t come home. But she did not understand why SHE could NOT go see them.
When the babies were transferred the Fair Oaks NICU, this changed. It was still flu season, the hospital still had restrictions on visitors, but they allowed siblings and immediate family.
Braelynn finally got to meet her little brother and sisters and it seriously rocked our world. The triplets were 16 days old. •
Picture: Braelynn seeing Isabella for the first time.)
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