Our NICU Testimony

God has used our blog as a source of encouragement and hope for other parents of premature children. Below you will find our family’s NICU video testimony, a brief post of our story, and chronological posts of our pregnancy, NICU stay, and the first two years documenting our girls’ development after being born premature. There is also a copy of the handwritten Bible verses I kept in my journal during their NICU stay (many verses were sent in by blog readers), resources of books, ministries and organizations that focus on prematurity, and FREE printables to use during your own time of suffering and healing.

{The Price Family NICU Video Testimony}

As I blew out the candles on my 25th birthday cake, I was ready for change to take place in my life. On that hot July day, my birthday wish was simple: Use me, God.

In the months that followed my birthday, change did begin to happen. First, I began my blog, The Uncontainable Truth, based on Matthew 5:17 which challenged me to let my light shine. In early November, I made the decision to quit my job so I could spend more time writing and at Thanksgiving I discovered that I was pregnant. In January, at our first ultrasound appointment, my husband and I were shocked to find out we were having twins. Soon, we learned that we were having identical twin girls and began to plan for their delivery in late July.

In April, around 27 weeks of my pregnancy, I woke up with a sharp pain in my stomach. My husband rushed me to the hospital and within minutes we discovered that I was fully dilated. I was quickly wheeled into surgery and our girls were born weighing two pounds each. Not a cry was heard as they were rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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Adeline

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Maralee

Later that day, we learned that both girls were in a very critical state because of their premature birth. Time crept by every so slowly in the days that followed. Due to their constant battle with infections, we were only permitted to touch our girls through their incubators. It wasn’t until they had been in the NICU for a month that we were able to hold them in our arms for the very first time.

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As our tiny babies desperately fought for their lives, Satan cornered me in the dark places of my mind. We were on a rollercoaster ride and the only thing that kept me on track was my faith. Over the course of our 83 days in the NICU, I began to see light through the darkness. I realized that if I gave my worry, fears, and shame to Jesus that he would replace them with peace, hope, and love. I began to understand that God was using our sufferings to glorify his name as we shared our journey through the blog.

After three extremely long months, our girls were healthy enough to leave the NICU. Through God’s perfect timing, we were able to bring them home on my 26th birthday, exactly one year after I whispered to God the desires of my heart.

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Our NICU experience showed me the power of the Holy Spirit and how to let go of Satan’s stronghold in order to hold on to the truth spoken by Christ. Psalm 18:22 beautifully says, “But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.”

I had asked God for a year of change and as I happily blew out my twenty-six candles, I knew my birthday wish had been granted.

{The Posts About My Pregnancy and How I Followed God’s Calling on My Life}

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Two for the Price of One

Babies & Beth

Snow Day

New Beginnings

Lesson Learned

Introducing…

Showered with Love

So far, So Good

A True Shower

{Our NICU Posts}

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Last Time on The Uncontainable Truth

Home is Where You Make It

It Wasn’t Supposed To Be This Way

You Hold Me Now

A Very Happy Mother’s Day

We Must Protect This House

Trust and Thanksgiving

Today

Genuine Faith

Cloud 9

Smitten

Two Words

Transfer

The Facts

The Feelings

Kangaroo Care

Inspired

Superdad

Birthdays & Babies

Graduation Day

Belated

Running the Race

Happy Dance

Getting Closer

Rejoice

Birthday Wishes

{Adeline & Maralee’s Development Post-NICU – Two Years Old}

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‘Round Here

Feeding Time

Packin’ on the LB’s

5 Months Old

Six Months Old

7 Months Old

8 Months Old

9 Months Old

10 Months Old

11 Months Old

Happy 1st Birthday Adeline & Maralee!

12 Months Old

13 Months Old

14 & 15 Months Old

16 Months Old

17 Months Old

18 Months Old

19 Months Old

20 Months Old

21 Months Old

Life with Toddlers

23 Months Old

Guess Which 2 are 2?

Two Years Old

{Books I Recommend for Parents of Preemies}

The Premature Baby Book: this book is great for parents to learn about the different stages of prematurity, what to expect while in the NICU and at home, and also important developmental milestones.

Source: amazon.com via Christen on Pinterest

 

I Will Carry You: this book is not about prematurity but it touches on a lot of the feelings of guilt, fear, and trust that premature parents experience.  I read this book after the girls were home and it helped me to better understand my feelings as a mother and the joy and grief that comes with child-bearing.  Note: this book does deal with losing a child so please keep that in mind as you mentally prepare to read it.

Source: amazon.com via Christen on Pinterest

 

Jesus Calling: I read this devotional while the girls were in the NICU and it was life-transforming.  The words that she wrote brought such clarity, strength, and peace in the midst of my storm.  If you can only read one word of encouragement, I highly recommend this devotional (plus the Bible!).

Source: amazon.com via Christen on Pinterest

 

God is My Refuge: Many of the verses shared in this devotional were verses that comforted me while the girls were in the NICU. This is a 12 week devotional that gives you strength during your storm.  You can read my review for this book here.

Source: amazon.com via Christen on Pinterest

Organizations for Preemies:

March of Dimes: Every year, our family raises money for March for Babies walk.  You can make a donation to our fundraising efforts here.  Without this organization, my children would not have the medical advancement that they needed to survive life in the NICU.  I believe in funding research to help in the fight for preemies.

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Footprints Ministry is an Alabama-based ministry whose mission is to share the love of Christ with NICU families and provide support and encouragement to them in the most exciting and difficult time in their life.  This ministry gave me a welcome bag when the girls were first born and also a sweet card for while the girls were in the NICU for Mother’s Day.  Once we got home, Raleigh and I began to support this ministry through their fundraiser, Footprints to the Finish Line.

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Hand to Hold is a great online support system for parents with preemies.  They offer advice on all things NICU and also raise money to better provide resources for families in the NICU.

hand to hold{prayer journal and free printables coming soon}