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My twins were born early. They were born at 34 weeks. I remember when I went in that day. I was having a Non-Stress Test (NST) done and I spent all day being monitored and ended up having my babies that night. I am so glad I am a planner and said “I will pack my bags in the car, just in case.” My thought was, if I packed them, I wouldn’t need them and if I didn’t I would… Well, we see how that turned out.
Because my twins were born early, they ended up needing a stay in the NICU. Thankfully my twins were only there for 16 days. They had a roommate who was born at 28 weeks, so every day I was reminded how lucky we were to only be there for 16 days.
There are few things nobody tells you about having a NICU baby. First, you will cry buckets and feel like someone is ripping out your heart on the day you have to check out of the hospital without your baby(s). I thought I had a grip on it and would be okay. After all, my twins were doing pretty well. But the morning that I was to check out I just started crying. And I am not a crier guys. I think I went through 3 boxes of tissues. And my poor husband. He was really trying to comfort me “it won’t be that long” or “you will get to see them every day” and yet I still burst into tears on him. Poor guy.
They don’t tell you that you will be torn with guilt. Mine was that I couldn’t be at the hospital all day and all night. I had The Goof at home. At the time he was almost 5, and I felt like if I was at the hospital, I was robbing him of his time with me, but even more so with my husband. We would go to the hospital most days after my husband got off work and family would be watching him. We often came home after he was asleep in bed. We did take a few nights where we came home early from the hospital so we could spend time with him, but then I felt guilty that I was not there to do the babies feedings.
Nobody told me that when it was finally time to bring my babies home, I would be sad to say goodbye to the nurses that had taken care of them. These nurses had watched over my babies when I couldn’t and had fed them, changed their diapers, and sent me emails about how they were doing every single morning. They found me the most comfortable recliner to bring in to the babies room so I could take naps between feedings and gave me encouragement when I hated my pump.
With all that, nobody told me how the NICU would change how I parent. I wasn’t a first time parent. I had an older son. I don’t remember ever trying to keep track of exactly how much my older son ate or how many diapers he made. I just knew if it was enough. With preemies, and after a NICU stay, you find that these little things are very important to keep track of.
Of course, my husband (bless him) would insist I get out here and there by myself. He would feed the babies, but he wouldn’t remember how much. He must have thought I was crazy because I would get so upset that he hadn’t remembered how much they ate.
I wished there was something that could make this part of my life just a little easier. While there wasn’t for me, there is for anybody who is currently trying to keep track of how much baby eats and when, whether it is for a preemie, twins, or an older child. I just learned about the new BlueSmart mia. It is a high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby’s feeding intake and consumption patterns.
Okay, maybe that just sounded like a bunch of techy talk, but I promise, this is really cool. The BlueSmart mia measures and records how much your baby eats, and can notify you in real time via a mobile app. This is awesome when you are away from your little one. I especially like the idea of this for moms that might be pumping and wondering how much baby eats at each feeding, so they know the best way to store their pumped milk, like how many ounces to put in each bag. It connects to Wi-Fi and lets multiple users use the app, and record and view feeding information. The apps journal is perfect for pediatrician visits because it lets you record baby’s milestones and keep them handy in your phone.
One of my twins had trouble eating. One thing that affected his eating was the angle of the bottle. This is another great feature of the BlueSmart mia. It will give suggestions on feeding angles, but it can also alert you to the temperature and even alert you when the milk expires! These are things you think you will realize and remember, but when you are a new mom, you have so many things going on, and mommy brain kind of sets in. Plus it gives you peace of mind when you are away from baby that the care giver won’t feed the baby expired or over heated milk.
The BlueSmart mia just became available and is already making life less stressful for parents. I really wish this had been around when my twins came home from the hospital. You can find the BlueSmart Mia at BlueSmartmia.com and Amazon.com. If you use code NEWMIA30 you will get $30 off at checkout.
There are a lot of things you can read about in the baby books, but nothing you read can prepare you for the amount of worrying you will do as a parent. You will worry about how much your baby eats, how much they sleep, and you will over-analyze every diaper that you change. Is it wet enough? Is it supposed to be runny? Should they be sleeping that long? Are they eating plenty? And so much more.
There is nothing wrong with using a little bit of modern technology to help ease that anxiety and stress. I know that I will be putting the BlueSmart mia on my wants list if I have another baby.
Want to know more about how it works? Check out this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5QZlQQTJUg
Be sure to check out BlueSmart mia on facebook and twitter. Will you be putting this on your baby registry? Or maybe there is a new parent this would make the perfect gift for? Let me know what you think of the BlueSmart mia in the comments.