Today, Charlie had a play date. The play date was organized by my preemie parents’ group and consisted of former preemies. I love these rare opportunities.
The initial appeal to these events is the benefit to Charlie. She gets to play with other kids who struggle with some of the same things she does. Her small stature is not unusual nor are her delays. It is an opportunity for belonging.
However, I forget that I receive an enormous benefit as well. I listened to another mom talk about her child’s difficulty with feeding. I sighed. While I was sorry her child was struggling with feeding, it was so nice to have someone understand. We shared names of specialists and talked about our children.
It was time well spent. Time I desperately needed.
I encourage other preemie or special needs parents to find similar support. I realize I am fortunate to have a group so close to me. For those of you who don’t, Urban Flowerpot has written How To Start A Preemie Support Group.
I will do my best to attend and keep the group going. Today, I realized how important preemie play dates are for me and not just Charlie.