It’s Five Minute Friday!* Where a group of us join together for five minutes of writing without worrying about if it’s just right or not, hosted by the lovely Lisa-Jo.
In light of the upcoming Parents of Preemies Day in addition to the fact that our dear friends are currently walking the NICU journey, these days my thoughts are often on memories of Cami's NICU stay. After reading today's prompt, a special day immediately jumped into my mind.
Today's Prompt: HOME
For six long months we visited you both day and night. Every time we left the goodbyes seemed harder than the day before because we wanted desperately to take you with us.
The day we’d imagined for months had finally arrived, but not with fanfare like I’d often pictured.
Quietly, we slipped out saying our goodbyes to everyone we’d come to know and love then walked down to the lobby, your primary care nurse still at your side—still at ours—snapping pictures along the way.
On that day, there was no “It’s a Girl” balloon, announcing our baby’s arrival. No cart of flowers to wheel out to the car. There weren’t any meals stocked in our fridge. No stack of cards spilling out of our bags.
But none of that mattered.
Because today we were bringing you home.
Christmas 2005 (Cami, 18 mos.)
Unfortunately, I don't have any digital copies of the hundreds of pictures we have from Cami's NICU stay including the one of us leaving the NICU behind. It is definitely on my to-do list to get them all scanned someday soon, and I'll be sure to share when I do!
Your Journey: What's your story about bringing somebody home? Or going home? I'd love to hear!
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