Thursday, September 15, 2011

Princess Preemie Primer: Overprotective.

It is Thursday and time for the Princess Preemie Primer.  Its all about our smallest miracles!  If you are interested in guest posting for the Princess Preemie Primer, please contact me by email.  We'd love to hear your opinion.

When we brought Roxy home, I thought I was overcoming my nerves.  Boy, was I wrong!  I worried over every little thing and I still do.

We visit our pediatrician almost monthly.  

Every time Roxy takes a spill and hits her head, her eye, or any other body part, I'm ready to head to the emergency room.  I swear this seems to happen all the time.  I think the after hours number for our pediatrician probably thinks we beat her because I call just to get their opinion.  

What I am learning is that it is okay to be more cautious with her.  It is okay to be concerned when she falls and bumps her head.  But I am learning the difference between a no point trip to the ER versus going to the pediatrician to have her checked out.

I have also learned not to assume that whatever may be going on with her is prematurity related.  Yes, we delayed having her around other children in day care because the germs bred by the teeny community.  No, her chronic ear infections are not the result of her being a micropreemie.

I am trying to rein my impulses to overprotect in.  I realize that not only as the mother of a premature child, I am also a first time mother and those impulses are very, very strong.  At the same time, I am putting faith in the fact that all children go through spouts with bumps and bruises, ear infections, teething, and tons of other issues that Roxy will face.  They are facts of life and I just have to accept them.  Live through them and make it as easy on Roxy as I can.  If only it was as easier as it sounds!

How about you?  Are you an overprotective parent?  Blame it on having a preemie?  Tell me what you think.


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