Rik, Cefus and myself were treated to a tour of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital's NICU recently as part of our Children's Miracle Network fundraiser.
I am very familiar with the NICU, since my little Shaylee was born at 31 weeks and weighed 3.1 pounds. She was put on a ventilator and needed to be in an isolette. She spent seven weeks in the NICU, where a bond seems to develop with the NICU nurses that's hard to describe. But I'll do my best.
It's one of the most difficult things to do as parent -- leave the hospital without your baby and trust that they will be cared for with love.