Today’s post can be found (as a guest post) on Preemie Babies 101.
During my baby’s three month NICU stay, I quickly learned the many adages that are passed around the NICU. Some were aggravating such as “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.” Others, like “Never trust a preemie,” were daunting. In addition to these, there were two unwritten rules engrained on my psyche that I unknowingly did not understand at the time. I would have been spared the sadness that came with losing yet another dream if I did. These rules were “Every baby is different,” and “Don’t compare babies.”
Essentially, they possess the same significance. I suppose the message is important enough to justify the need for two sayings. Nevertheless, the intended meanings were lost on me. This is how: