Celebrating your first Christmas with your NICU graduate, getting to grips with your new baby whilst making your festive lunch and opening presents, breathing a sigh of relief that you were now finally home.
The next week, which is Christmas.
The stark reality is that you will be in NICU over Christmas.
No amount of knitted Santa hats, tinsel on the display boards or the mock turkey dinner in the canteen will ever make it feel like a real Christmas.
This is one year out of many, this is temporary, this time next year, this will be your time.
Your time to get back what rightly belongs to you, your family. That will be your closure.
It may not feel like it but this is your Christmas too and you can deal with it however you want to.
Many of us will help, will support and try and make your Christmas as normal as possible, you will appreciate this a lot more in the long run. We will never see you as ungrateful, we know how hard it is to process.
I am a NICU Mum, and I am thinking of you, it doesn't count for much but I am.
From one NICU parent to another, you, your family, your baby and all the staff working with you, we will be thinking of you.
NICU MUM X