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The inspiration for 'A Journey to Home' came a few hours after the birth of my son. I longed for a journal that was fitted to the gestational age of my preemie. I did my best at the time by recording moments and milestones on camera and in blog form, but for those days spent in the NICU I felt alone in my journey. This journal gives back all the moments of celebration by providing resources, journaling pages, photo pages and is composed to be an actual preemie baby book.
Prematurity is an individual experience. Having a 30 weeker, I gained much knowledge in the 33 days we spent in the NICU. I have looked into books that are available on the market today, and think, why did I not have access to that, or, where was that when I was in the NICU? The honest truth is that post-NICU parents are just now finding means to provide information to others; some autobiographical, and some medical accounts of their journeys.
All in all, I wanted not a book of opinions, not a story of struggle, nor the medical mumbo-jumbo, but day by day celebration of our experiences and growth together. 'A Journey to Home' is just that. It is a journal of expectations that celebrates the preemie's life, while documenting the family's journey together. It is a baby book adjusted to the time spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Thoughtfully created for all experiences I have provided fill-in pages for milestones, pages for thoughts and photos, and medical conversion charts and a NICU dictionary. It is all that I had wished for in the place called the NICU. Our story may differ from yours. Your child may struggle more or less, but as the author of this book, my goal was to give true expectations and empowerment back to the parents.
My son is now 3 years old, and making great progress. We are reminded of his prematurity at times, but not in his daily abilities. We are the lucky few. You count your blessings as a parent and know that you are not the only one in this experience.
Personally, I have found that hardest thing to be in this battle is a 'guilt-free' parent. As time passes, I could only wish that my heart could let go of that, but instead I have decided to be more 'in-fact' about it. Prematurity exists, and should be a cause more recognized and understood. It should be known as a possibility to all parents, and surely should be more sensitively cared for in medical facilities.
This book is dedicated to all families touched by prematurity. May your experiences be hopeful, always successful and full of love. Thank you for taking the time and consideration of my book as a part of your experiences. Jessica