It’s not okay, but it will be.



Our little former micropreemie, C, is now in intermediate school.





She was only two when I first started writing in this space. Now,- she’s a fourth grader.


This was the first year since we moved to Connecticut that she attended a new school. Two years of preschool, [...]

Prematurity Knows No Prejudice

(some information reposted from a piece originally written in 2010)





My name is JessieLeigh.

I was raised in a comfortable, upper middle-class home. I have a college degree. I am happily married. I have always been healthy. I do not use drugs, drink heavily, or participate in “risky” [...]

How Honoring Varying Choices & Methods Supports Preemie Parents



November is Prematurity Awareness Month. That makes this a good time to talk a little bit about preemie stuff. I get asked frequently how people can help support preemie mom and dads, so I’m going out on a limb and sharing some ideas you may never have thought of.



Even [...]

The Problem With Crediting Prayer



I’ve told you all about Dr. Y. before.


She was an absolutely horrible pediatrician whom we saw when we first moved to Indiana. I used to dread well-child check-ups because she was such a bad fit for us. Anyway, one of the “perks”, if you will, of having given birth four [...]

2nd Grade: Ending on a High Note



My miraculous middle child is almost done with second grade.


She follows right directly on the heels of her older brother and, in fact, this year she had the very same teacher he had the year before. (Ours is not a tiny school district and there are several teachers for each grade, [...]

Wanting to Kiss Dr. Shapiro



I don’t often use full names around here. I’m all about allowing people to keep a bit of anonymity.


But, let me just say this…


This man?




We met Dr. Shapiro under rather bad circumstances. C’s retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) had progressed, rapidly, and was on [...]

Does she see what we see?



I took C. to see the ophthalmologist this morning. This is nothing particularly new– we’ve been making that sort of trek since the day we brought her home from the hospital.



“There’s an 85% chance that she’ll go completely blind.”


We knew from the beginning that our little girl [...]

How to Help the Parents of a Preemie



I’d like to share with you three great, and relatively simple, ways you can be a blessing to new parents of a preemie.



Let’s be frank here… giving birth to a baby 14+ weeks early is nothing like a healthy, full-term delivery. And sometimes it’s tough to know [...]

What a preemie mom is NOT…


Here are three things I wish more people knew. Please know that I absolutely realize that sometimes these stereotypes DO apply to the mothers of premature babies… but it is so essential that people know that oftentimes, they do not. I have met (in person or online) so many amazing, devoted, [...]

“My Story… ” Monday: Dr. L.


I’ve written a little about Dr. L. before. He was the director of neonatology when C. spent 100 nights in the NICU. Small, white-haired, soft-spoken, he was a humble leader. Everyone in that hospital respected what he said, but he never seemed to overuse or abuse that power. Honestly, if other people hadn’t [...]