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Melissa H.

California
I am the parent of a former micropreemie, who is also a surviving twin. After identical twin sister died at 27w4d, Daphne was delivered in critical condition and suffered kidney failure due to the blood loss in utero. She also had a congenital heart defect. She spent 5 months in the NICU and had... Full Bio
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All within 24h by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health The dog puked in the house. Zev developed food poisoning (unrelated to the dog’s illness). Lucy discovered, to great horror and disappointment, that the do ... Read on »
Lucy, at 7 by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health My beautiful, amazing daughter, you are seven years old. I am so proud of you, the inspiring person you are becoming. You were my round, intense little baby, who had i ... Read on »
A New School by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I walked Lucy to school this morning. We walked side by side, her cold little hand in mine — she refuses gloves — and the dog’s leash in my other hand. Lucy noticed that w ... Read on »
Random Memories of a Grandfather by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health One year ago, today, I was in Brazil celebrating my grandfather Moyses’s 90th birthday. Something told me it would be his last, so I embarked on a whirlwind 3-day trip jus ... Read on »
Five Things by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Through Love That Max , I learned about the Easter Seals Sibling Study . It is a study of adults who have a sibling with a disability, their relationship, and how the disa ... Read on »
She’s just this shy little thing by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Somebody got in a little bit of trouble at school today. Apparently, the teacher was reading a book and she was being funny, rolling around trying to make her classmates l ... Read on »
Daphneisms version 12/12 by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health She has lots to say. After a few moments of isolation because of an argument over the toy kitchen: “Lucy, do you want to play with me again? If I don’t hit you ... Read on »
Five things by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Five things I enjoyed reading this week: On Gender and Toys – Even toys that clearly appeal for boys and girls are now gender coded. There must be a market for that, ... Read on »
Breakfast for my kids, and every kid by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Photo by ninetimesthree Last week, after a particularly bad night with Daphne (who is still sick with a mutant cold that won’t quit.), I ignored my alarm and had t ... Read on »
Prematurity Awareness 2012 by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Tomorrow, November 17, is World Prematurity Awareness Day. Usually, I am more engaged with all the preemie talk in social media. This year, I am focused on getting Daphne ... Read on »
On parenting a medically fragile three-year-old by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Three-year-olds are not for the weak. People talk about the Terrible Two’s, but really, three is where it’s at. Threes are stubborn, defiant, and try to assert their indep ... Read on »
NYC Afternoon for Lucy by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health A long, long, long, long time ago… before the hurricane, before the hospital, before the snow… I took Lucy into the City to see my favorite Ballet company, American Ballet ... Read on »
Admission by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Daphne was discharged yesterday afternoon, and slept in her own bed. She could not be happier to be home. After dinner, she buzzed around the house, full of energy, talkin ... Read on »
IV Fluids by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health We’ve been in the ER since about 9:30am, getting admitted overnight. Hopefully home tomorrow? Read on »
Sandy Update by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health We are incredibly fortunate and happy to report that we’ve not only survived Hurricane Sandy, but we made it through with power and no damage. We feel a bit of survivor’s ... Read on »
Precipitous by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health “The decline, when it happens, can be precipitous,” Daphne’s Nephrologist told me last spring. We were expecting it then, and to everyone’s surprise, she stabilized. ... Read on »
Overcompensation by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health When Daphne realizes that she has really crossed a line, and everybody is upset with her for one reason or another, she overcompensates. She kills us with sweetness. I sup ... Read on »
Tiny Window Into Parenthood by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health For some reason, the girls were both up before 7am this morning. Actually, the reason is they could have slept in – Daphne didn’t have school and it was raining, so Lucy w ... Read on »
Definitely Old by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health M: Lucy, did you have gym today? L: Yeah, with Mr. C. He’s funny. Z: Is he young or old? L (looking surprised by such question): Medium. He’s medium. Z: Wh ... Read on »
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day 2012 by Melissa H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Your tree was replanted just in time for today, when, like every day, I remember you. The difference is, today many of us are raising our hands, identifying ourselves as mem ... Read on »