guest blogger / kelly frankel

Hi, everyone! My name is Kelly. I (occasionally) blog over here. I was so excited when (the other) Kelly asked me to write about gratitude. I was so glad she asked; I have A LOT to say about this topic!

This last year terms like “blessed”, “thankful”, and “gratitude” have taken on an entirely new meaning to me. Last year at this time I was pregnant with twins (27-28 weeks- ish) and on bed rest contracting and dilating. I was trying desperately to stay pregnant as long as possible! I made it 30 weeks and one day when HELLP syndrome got the better of me.

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My sweet babies, Charlie and Sloane, spent 66 and 59 days (respectively) in the NICU. During that time I learned what it really means to be grateful and thankful. I saw and heard of many other moms who would never get to bring their babies home. (*This is the part where Kelly is wishing she had never asked me to guest blog- ha!) I realized that while Charlie and Sloane’s entrance into the world was seriously less than ideal, they were here. They were mine, and they were going to be just fine. And I became grateful for our NICU experience. Yes, grateful.

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During our stay in the NICU, I made friends. I learned how to nurse- (and had a TON of help!). I completely altered my understanding of the word “patience”. Most importantly, though, I realized just how blessed I was. My twins weren’t quick to roll over. But they now breathe on their own. They did not fit into “newborn” clothes until they were almost 3 months old. But they no longer require feeding tubes. I did not sleep under the same roof as they did for the first 66 days of their lives. But I got to bring them home. Every. Single. Day. I think about how blessed I am that I got to bring my babies home. That I get to hear them scream and whine at me. That I get to change their TERRIBLY dirty diapers. That I get to go to work each morning with sweet potatoes on my shoulder and saliva in my hair.

So there you go. I am grateful for our NICU experience because it helped me understand what gratitude really means. And yes, it was the most expensive lesson of my life, but I am thankful for my million dollar babies!

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Thanks, Kelly, for allowing me to guest post!!
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also please check out kelly’s etsy shop at bub + bug studio / for your little fashionista

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Pingback: Dear 2013
  2. A really happy person, there are two so cute baby really happy, and hope every day happy heart

  3. Kelly says:

    Thanks again for having me!!

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