Knitting for the NICU

Finished Hat

 

 

Collectively, I’ve spent 8 months nearly living in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  That’s more time than I spent pregnant (learn about my girls here).  With Hannah, we spent Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas visiting.  My husband and I “roomed in” with Hannah on New Year’s Eve to prove we could care for her and her “attachments”.

The NICU can be very lonely.  NICUs offer such specialized and critical care.  The days can incredibly long, especially during many of the crisis days.  I want these parents to know that someone, someone who’s “been there, done that” is thinking of them and praying for them, and their sweet baby or babies.

In chatting with my older daughter, Brianna, the idea of Knitting for the NICU was born.  During her 8th grade year, they used looms to make these hats of different sizes.  Beginning in September, 2012, we began researching the looms in hopes to find one small enough for this little miracles.  We will begin knitting these hats for the smallest of babies.  I will write a short note from the parent perspective and Brianna will write a brief message as a former preemie and as the sibling.  I pray the Lord will use this ministry to touch hearts and change lives and offer comfort during a very intense period in their lives.  Our goal is to deliver the first round before Thanksgiving.  Our 2nd goal is to deliver by Christmas.  Holidays in the hospital can be so very lonely and depressing.  While a precious baby resides in the NICU, the family celebrations still go on.

If you are interested in helping in the knitting process or have supplies to donate, please contact me: jennie at mystollenmoments dot com.  If you know of someone who would benefit from this outreach, please feel free to contact me as well.

Check back soon for updates!