Parenting Miracles is 5 Years Old! (but the gift is for you)

 

 

Seven years ago, I sat, lonely, in an Indiana farmhouse, caring for a one-year-old and a six-month-old. That six-month-old had arrived incredibly early and we were still dealing with the repercussions of that.

 

I searched BabyCenter and other “baby sites.” I tried to join the preemie groups and boards the hospital had printed out for me. I tried, truly, to interact with other preemie parents, hoping to find the answers and support I sought.

 

I was so disappointed.

 

The thing about “preemie boards” is that, by their very nature, they encompass families of all babies born before 37 weeks gestation. (Some newer research has shifted that definition to include even more babies– all those born before 39 weeks gestation.) There is nothing wrong or inaccurate about that. There is no doubt at all that those babies are all preemies.

 

But– and herein lay the frustration– no matter what anyone might try to tell you, there is, most certainly, a difference between a baby born at 35 weeks and one born at 25 weeks. Honestly, this is common sense. And, as a sheer numbers game, far more babies arrive in the 34 – 36 week range than in the 24 – 26 week range. This is a GOOD thing. And, of these babies, far more of the “older preemies” survive. When you combine those statistics, you realize that the micropreemie world is a tiny microcosm of the preemie world.

 

I wanted to write for micropreemie parents.

 

Two years later, I did. I started my Blogger blog “Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles” and got rolling. I was (and am) a prolific writer and, in those early days, I covered topics such as:

 

Saving money on specialty formula (when nursing isn’t an option)

How to help the parent of a preemie

Giving back to those who saved your baby

How to ask others to disinfect/mask up/clean up for your baby’s health

Deciding to pump

… and hundreds of other preemie-related posts!

 

 

 

Over the years, a couple things happened.

 

First of all, I learned that, while my average reader seemed to start out reading out of fascination with my birth story, they weren’t actually micropreemie parents. Thus, some of the things I wrote about weren’t really relevant to them.

 

Secondly, my own micropreemie grew bigger and stronger. The lasting effects of her prematurity didn’t disappear, certainly, but they lessened and her life became more and more “mainstream.” I got to the point where, when asked “any limitations?” on forms, I could happily check, “NO.”

 

But I’ve kept writing.

 

It’s been FIVE YEARS now, friends. Five years ago today, I first hit “publish” on an article. Since then, I’ve written and published 1, 914 posts… and that’s just on my own site! I’ve also written numerous guest posts for others.

 

In some ways, five years doesn’t really seem that long. But, in the blogging world, I’m steadily becoming one of the “old dogs.” While there are plenty of sites that pre-existed my own, the vast majority of blogs don’t even make it to the one year mark.

 

I’m so glad I’m still around.

 

I wouldn’t still be here, however, if it weren’t for YOU! You all are the reason I stick with it. As much as I simply adore writing, I don’t know if I could have written to an “empty room” for five whole years. You have all blessed me by making it so that I didn’t have to– THANK YOU!

 

I wanted to offer just a small token of gratitude to my readers in honor of five fun-filled years. This is NOT a sponsored giveaway and I know it’s very small in the realm of some of the cool prizes out there these days. But this one is just from me. I picked it out for you because I have one just like (though mine is yellow) and it makes me smile. I wanted to make one of you smile, too.

 

I’ll be giving one of you this rose statement bracelet in a pretty coral-y pink color. It’s adjustable, so it’ll stay on a 6 1/2″ wrist, but will accommodate up to 8 1/2″ or so.

 

You can enter below, using the Rafflecopter form. There are lots of ways to earn entries, but, mainly, I’d love to hear about when you first found me (even if it was today!) and/or how long you’ve been reading.

 

Thank you, so very much, for giving me a place to share my words, for interacting with me, and for giving me so much to think about. I love that we learn and grow together and I look forward to many more great years!
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25 comments to Parenting Miracles is 5 Years Old! (but the gift is for you)

  • It’s been a few years now, but I don’t really remember how long or how I came across you. Maybe through The Finer Things in Life or another blog I’d seen you on. . .

  • Danielle F

    I actually found you through Menu Plan Monday and really enjoyed reading your menus each week. Then I started ready all of your entries and just fell in love with all your writings!

  • I found your blog a couple of years ago when I had first started my own blog and was looking for other bloggers to connect to…I remember being fascinated by your birth story and then I was hooked :).

  • Marci

    I honestly can’t remember when/how I found you on here. I do know that I’ve always found you encouraging and fun to interact with both here and on facebook. :-)

  • Caryn

    I stumbled across your blog about 2 years ago while I was suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)with my 3rd child. Your birth story and your love for your preemie helped me reconnect with my unborn baby instead of just seeing her as a sickness. You gave me something very precious in those days where I wondered why I had ever wanted another child. She is now 18months old and an absolute joy, and I still LOVE reading your site everyday!

  • Congratulations on 5 years!! That means you started blogging only a few months after I did and yes that means we are “old” in the blog world. I have had so much fun getting to know you online. Love your blog and your honesty! I am not sure how we met probably through Life as Mom or Money Saving Mom and I am guessing I have been reading you for most of those 5 years.

  • Jamie

    I am not positive how I found you (but I’m
    Glad I did!) but I suspect it was from another parenting blog or one of your recipe posts.

  • Susan

    I know I’ve been following you for a couple of years now. I think I found you through another blog.

    I’m so happy that I found someone who has been through the same micro preemie problems. It’s so weird how bad the problems were at the beginning and then suddenly, they are “real kids” and want to be independent. I’m sending my 25 weeker to sleep away camp next week. I’m so happy I was able to check the box “no medications/no medical problems!”

  • Robin

    About a year and a half. I “found” your blog through another blog post.

  • Lynn

    I honestly don’t remember how I came across your blog. I’ve been a reader for about a year now. I love it. Thank you!

  • So happy to have “met” you. I came to your blog by following you on twitter. Not sure how I started following you there but so glad that I did!

  • Sherri Y.

    I think I found you about 2 years ago…don’t remember how exactly, maybe through moneysavingmom?

  • Katie

    Isn’t it weird that 5 years is old in the blogging world?! Thank you so much for blogging, I love your blog! Please don’t stop :) I’ve been reading since you were pregnant with G, I don’t remember how I found your blog maybe through The Finer Things in Life?

  • Annette

    Congrats on 5 yrs! I discovered you and blogging in general last year after the birth of my third child. I had never read one before that. I love reading about other mom’s experiences, viewpoints, and tips.

  • Oh, it’s too hard to remember! I think we just run in some of the same blog circles. Not to mention you’re so lovely and chatty on Twitter. I think I’ve subscribed for a good two years or so. I didn’t really see any of the micropreemie stuff … and am thankful to have never needed it, having three 39 to 40 week babies.

    I started blogging in July 2006. That’s seven years. Bananas.

  • Sonja

    I found you three years ago when I went into premature labor at 27 weeks. I had been reading the
    e Finer Things in Life & either you did a guest post or comment & I followed back to your blog. I read every post & comment on both of your sites while I was on bed rest for 8 weeks.

  • Elizabeth

    I don’t know how long I’ve been reading! At least a few years. I think I might have found you through a link from LifeAsMom.com, but I’m not sure. :)

  • Ellen

    Congrats on your 5 yr Anniversay! I have been reading about 2 or so years (i bet its longer then that!) I Truly can’t remember how I came across your blog. But like most blogs I read, it usually is threw another blogger!

  • mlearley

    I found you a few years ago when a friend shared your post about using the entire chicken to make like 5 meals (something like that). That day I found your recipe for the chicken sandwiches (similar to chick-fil-a) and those are by far my husbands favorites that I’ve tried making. Over the years I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and your family and offering support/prayers to a family I only know through the virtual world. :)

  • Tanja

    I found your site through another a couple years ago. While none of my 3 children were premies I enjoy reading about your daughter and all the other topics that you cover. Thanks for keeping going!

  • Jen

    I found your blog on a couple of months ago. I love the topics even the new one about tweezers!

  • So, SO much fun to share this day with you! It’s kind of overwhelming, really, to think about the last 5 years. I do know that “the people living in my computer are some of my best friends” is the BEST thing about blogging. :)

  • Congratulations and happy blog day! I’m so glad to know you and your blog!!

  • I can’t remember when I found you. I think we became friends on social media and the blog reading followed. CONGRATS!!

  • Rachel

    I just found you today thanks to your chicken post—hoping to see the recipes soon,

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