Charlie’s Open Crib

The day Charlie was moved to an open crib.

The day Charlie was moved to an open crib.

One year ago today, Charlie graduated from her isolette and was moved to an open crib. It was an exciting time for us. We decided that it was time to prepare for Charlie’s imminent homecoming.

Until the week following her transition to an open crib, there was not an aspect of our home that was ready for a baby. Despite Charlie’s early arrival two and a half months earlier, we procrastinated with our preparations. It would have been too painful to look at an empty crib or a superfluous changing table each day. Furthermore, I did not want to have to disassemble an unused crib if Charlie did not come home. It would have been too much to bear.

Our preparation for Charlie’s homecoming was instigated by her move to an open crib. The ensuing week, we cracked open the boxes and packages of her nursery furniture. My husband assembled various furniture pieces and baby items. I washed, folded, and put away baby clothes and blankets. We laughed at the ridiculous number of pieces her furniture arrived in while my husband assembled it. We delighted in the cute outfits she would soon wear. It finally felt safe to anticipate her home coming.

Charlie, a year later, in a picture taken by Monica DeMariano.

Charlie, a year later, in a picture taken by Monica DeMariano.


About Rebecca Wood

In May 2012, my pregnancy ended three and a half months early due to severe early onset preeclampsia. This is my collection of thoughts and media. It is an attempt to document and discuss our experience of navigating the post NICU world. View all posts by Rebecca Wood

7 responses to “Charlie’s Open Crib

  • Amber Perea

    Jp came home unexpectedly. Not knowing anything about the NICU, I just assumed that he would be there longer. So, we had 10 hours to whip the nursery into shape and they only thing that we had done was the crib. Which was funny because I co-slept with him for awhile. I was so terrified by all of the endlessly beeping breathing monitors that he would stop breathing in his sleep. Even though his never went off once. Watching them scramble 500 times a day messes with your head. 🙂


  • Newmom

    Your daughter is beautiful 🙂 Just found your blog, love reading your story.


  • A Miracle In the Works

    I am like Amber exactly. We were so unprepared. I had to send my mom to get a car seat. We thought we would have weeks or months and then all of a sudden it was time. I still think they sent her home too early but…I had every intention of her sleeping in her pack n play but we co-sleep for months.


    • woodra01

      When Charlie was transfered to her second NICU, she had the best team of neonatalogists. When the doctor came to talk to us about how she did on the ambulance ride, I said, “I know you can predict the future and to never trust a preemie. However, if you had to guess approximately how much longer Charlie will be here… what would you guess?” He answered that we had about a month if everything went reasonably well. In addition to preparing at home, we had a check list of things we had to do at the NICU (vaccines, car seat challenge, Infant CPR, learning to insert an NG tube, etc). We kicked it in gear when he said that.


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