“I don’t normally do these sort of things, but when I saw that the Ronald McDonald house was to benefit from it, I couldn’t resist posting our preemie story. From the moment my husband and I found out that we were pregnant with twins, it was an amazing rollercoaster of feelings and emotions. We had been told very early on in the pregnancy that twins often come with complications, one being premature birth. At 33 weeks I was admitted to the hospital with severe preeclampsia. Two days later, our beautiful babies were born via emergency c-section, 7 weeks early. They were in the NICU for 15 days, learning to eat and gaining weight.
To say that we were overwhelmed was an understatement. Had it not been for the supportive and super caring NICU nurses and staff at the Ronald McDonald house, I’m not sure my husband and I would have been able to make it. We were an hour from home, in another state. The NICU nurses supported every choice we made and cheered me on as I learned to nurse and pump for two babies that I only saw and could hold for a few hours a day. The Ronald McDonald house became our home, were we’d crash and get a hot meal and a shoulder to lean on. Those 15 days were the some of the best and toughest days I’ve ever had. Leaving your small newborn children in the care of someone else is truly a humbling experience. However, we made it through with the help of some truly caring and compassionate people.
Today, you would not know that our babies were born so small, they are toddling around like any normal 15 month olds would, bringing joy and love to our lives.” – Amy L.