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ittybittybabymom

Chico, California
I am a first-time mom at 40 and a full-time college professor of Communication Studies.  I also coach an intercollegiate Speech and Debate team.  My daughter was born 7.5 weeks early due to preeclampsia.  She had no health problems and was able to come home after only three weeks in... Full Bio
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A Little Reminder… by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I was reading one of the travel blogs I am subscribed to this morning (a way of escaping without being able to really travel right now) and it referred to an article, “R ... Read on »
Alternative to the Berlin Heart Being Researched by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I found out sad news this week.  The little girl who was on the Berlin Heart in the CVICU when M got transferred there passed away a little over a week ago.  She had bee ... Read on »
Biopsy #1 Done…Results Tomorrow! by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Today was M’s first biopsy post-transplant.  Older kids would have had three by now, but because M’s veins are smaller and more difficult to navigate, they only do them ... Read on »
Coping Mechanisms by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Its strange to be spending so much time in a place where emotions run so high and to see different people coping with it in such different ways.  Obviously, not all of u ... Read on »
Desperation or Choice? by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health When your child gets sick, you will do just about anything to help them get better.  Sometimes this means watching them suffer through painful treatments and difficult p ... Read on »
Don’t Smoke Around Sick Kids! by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I think this should go without saying, but obviously, I’m wrong.  I realize that addiction is difficult to deal with and nicotine is particularly tough, but think about ho ... Read on »
From Germany with Love…The Berlin Heart by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Although M has now stabilized and we think she will be able to go without any “bridging” devices, when there were doubts talk began of devices that will allow her to sta ... Read on »
Gift Ideas for Preemies and Hospitalized Children by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I came across a post on Frugal Gifts for Preemie Parents today over at Baby Cheapskate and thought it was such a good resource post that I should share the link here.  T ... Read on »
Hearts in the News by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I wanted to share a few articles that I came across on CBS News this past week that have to do with heart problems and transplants.  Some are informative, some are inspi ... Read on »
I hate rejection… by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health For a whole new reason now that I have a daughter with a transplant.  The biopsy came back with moderate to high rejection (Level 3, I believe), which put M back in the ... Read on »
M Got a Heart! by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I have not posted in a while because things were pretty hectic in my life as of late.  As those who read this blog know, my daughter was suffering from dilated cardiomyo ... Read on »
Moving…and an update on Ittybittybaby by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I hate it….but, I’m excited to be back “home”.  We are in the midst of unpacking and setting things up and M has officially moved from Pack n Play to her first crib!  Its ... Read on »
New Assist Device Brings Joy to One, Hope to Others! by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health A while back, I wrote this post about a new assist device that was being researched, the Synergy Micro-blood pump.  Today, on the CCF email listserv someone posted this ... Read on »
New Resource for Parents of Children with Heart Defects by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I came across this report on abc.com and thought some of you readers out there may be interested in reading the original article and getting the book it discusses, It’s ... Read on »
NICU/PICU and PTSD by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health One of the moms on the CCF listserv I’m on sent an article out and I thought I would share it here.  The NY Times recently had an article, “For Parents on NICU, Trauma M ... Read on »
Preemies Deserve a Voice… by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Today is Prematurity Awareness Day and I am participating in the Bloggers Unite “Fight for Preemies” campaign. I figure I will share my story and encourage those of you ... Read on »
Thankful for the Daily Grind by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Well, things have been moving right along in the past few weeks!  M got a heart on July 7.  She came off the ventilator about a week later, was moved up to the Intermedi ... Read on »
The Bittersweet Reality of Transplants by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Receiving a transplant is bittersweet in many ways.  First, the fact that one needs a transplant is bad, but the fact that they could actually find an organ compatible i ... Read on »
Voice from the Past… by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I realized that I have been derelict in posting here…so, I wanted to catch up a bit.  But, my mom went into the hospital today for high potassium levels and erratic puls ... Read on »
Well-said… by ittybittybabymom Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I was reading the blog of another family who had a child in the PICU with Mackenzie and came across a post on courage that I feel can not be restated with any improvemen ... Read on »