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A Christmas Miracle Merry Christmas!

It’s been a year since my twin girls were born, and as strangers ask me their age, I hesitate. Do I tell them their real age or adjusted age? Depending on my mood, I often will say, “they are one, but they were born at 28 weeks.”

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That’s usually met with, “little miracles!” or “they look healthy now.”








Now? That word always bothers me, though I understand where the stranger is coming from, but the term now, takes on a different meaning and feel. My girls were born in late October at 28 weeks, and one NICU nurse told me, that probably would be home by Christmas. While another NICU nurse told me that they’d be home probably by their due date. Yet another nurse said, maybe spring.


As Thanksgiving came and went, and as Christmas approached, I knew they wouldn’t be home and as I begrudgingly put up a small Christmas tree and felt a twinge of sadness at every happy family going Christmas shopping, I told myself that I was lucky that my girls were ok. I’d witnessed enough so far with other NICU babies, that I felt that even though I wouldn’t have them this Christmas, at least I still had them.

The NICU nurses had a crafty staff, with ornament making, footprint items, Santa hat photos of the girls. As we got ready for the long day we’d be at the NICU, I was mentally preparing myself not to make this a somber moment, next year, I told myself, would be different.



We arrived at the NICU to sleeping babies, but we had quite the list of to-do’s — bathe the twins, feed them, and kangaroo care. We decided to have our Christmas meal at the hospital, and as we were given free hard as a rock Christmas cookies, I told myself, next year, this will be different.





It never really occurred to me, that besides my somber attitude that was hidden by a smile, that the NICU nurses had to do this every year. My next year would be different, but their next year would be the same – dealing with concerned parents and watching over preemies.


While you’re in the NICU with your baby(ies) it’s easy to have tunnel vision. It’s easy to not pay attention to the world outside and though your focus is your babies health, you have to remember that there are other things, bigger things happening around you.







So, this Christmas my girls are now one, crawling and trying to stand on wobbly legs, I feel blessed at their growth and continually impressed by them. They struggled into this world and now they fight to catch up. The new normal – was a phase that I used a lot when I would see the girls in the NICU, our new normal is constantly changing. My life is busy, chaotic, and sometimes frustrating, but when it comes to Christmas, I always take a moment to think of the NICU nurses. To remind myself, there are bigger things happening, there are people who are in my shoes from last year.






At Christmas time, it’s a great time to take a step away from yourself and look at the world around you. You don’t need to give money or presents, but simply by giving your time or lending an ear to someone, helps you take a step back and reevaluate your current situation. I’ll never forget the kindness and patience of the NICU nurses and as Christmas approaches I strive to be uplifting to someone who may be stuck in their own tunnel vision or struggling silently.

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Christmas Countdown Day 24 Blessings

As we bring the countdown to an end.  Let us all reflect on what we have to be thankful for this year.  Some of us have lost jobs, relationships with significant others, friends, financial turmoil or health, but one thing remains, if you are able to read this last countdown right now, then you are blessed.  Why you may ask?  Because we live in a country where we can access the internet freely, we have our eyes to read and our hands to type to search for an article.  That is the beginning, we are breathing and alive!

So today make it special, tell someone that you are blessed today because you know them and that makes you feel great.  Share the Christmas cheer not just today but every day to come.

We hope that you have enjoyed these 24 days of Countdown to Christmas.

Come back on Christmas day for a very special article written by a guest blogger, you don’t want to miss this story.

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Merry Christmas from our house to yours.  May you always remember that the reason for the season is the birth of the baby Jesus.


Christmas Countdown Day 23 Stroll in the Neighborhood

As things begin to wind down, take a moment to grab the kids and the dog and walk around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights instead of driving.  This will get you out of the house, allow you to see neighbors that you may have never met and have some fresh air to breathe and establish family memories.

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Christmas Countdown Day 22 Take Care

Ugh now three days before Christmas and a cold sore appears on your mouth, what?  Stay calm, stress will cause these things to pop up.  The best thing to do is to start taking care of yourself early on, we know that the holiday season can be a source of stress for many, but we need to remember that when we are run down we are susceptible to colds.  Some helpful hints, good hand washing, antibacterial everywhere you go, if you start to feel sick, drink  Echinacea tea with honey and lemon and take your zinc and vitamin c tablets( check with your doctor first to be sure that you can take these).  To take care of the cold sore see some remedies here from peppermint oil, to vanilla and more.

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Christmas Countdown Day 21 Shortest Day

December 21st is the shortest day of the year and also the first day of winter.  As the days get shorter and the nights get longer we are okay during the holiday season with that but after a while, the lack of sunlight can send some people off into a depressed mode if they work long hours and get up in the dark to go to work and come back in the dark.  Make your home brighter this winter season and light some candles when you are home, whether real candles or the battery operated ones.  The goal is to create a warm and bright indoor feeling.  If you are able to get out at lunch time, do so and get some sun as you walk outside, the benefits will do you good.

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Christmas Countdown Day 20 Healthy Habits

The holidays are here starting with Thanksgiving and lingering through New Year’s and sometimes Valentine’s Day and Easter!  There goes the diet! We all stress about what we eat and whether we should eat something or not whether for health reasons or body image reason.  The key thing to remember is that diets come and go, the best way to handle things is learning what to eat and in what moderation to eat it in.  For instance if you know that you love cookies during Christmas, have 1 or 2 as opposed to the 6-7 in one sitting.  Eat you regular meals and if you are eating out and something that you normally do not eat, try to be selective and sample verses overloading the plate with that favorite food that is not good for your health.  If you sample in smaller portions that which you like but cannot eat, then you will not feel like you are depriving yourself of the food but at the same time not overloading yourself where the next morning you wake up feeling like a truck ran over you from the sugar high.

Happy healthy eating with a sampling of your favorite foods in moderation!

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Christmas Countdown Day 18 Connect to Nature

In Florida we are blessed to have the sunshine and warmer weather all year round.  Yes it is true we get acclimated to the warm weather so when the temperature gets to 60 degrees we will be running to get our Florida winter gear while our counterparts up North are wondering why we are so cold when it is a balmy 9 degrees and snowing in places like Michigan and Chicago.

But today it is not about the weather, it is about getting out and about no matter where you are  even for a few minutes in those cold spots. If you are in a cold climate, bundle yourself up and sit on your lawn chair.  It is very easy to stay inside and say that it is cold and you have too many things to do to get caught up before Christmas, but fight for your peace.  Sit quietly outside and watch the snow fall, the rain fall, the sunrise or the sunset, whatever you enjoy.  Close your eyes and for a minute think about all the blessings that you have been blessed with this year.  If you are a person that prays, take a moment and thank God for those blessings and then think about how you can bless someone this Christmas with a gift of comfort, food, donation or just a simple I am thinking about you. This will bring you inner peace to help you get through the rest of the holidays but most important give you encouragement to work this time in to your daily routine throughout the year.

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Christmas Countdown Day 17 Scent for Company

With so many allergies these days that people have it is difficult to have company sometimes and wonder if you should burn that favorite candle that you have or whether to forgo the candles this year.  Here is a simple recipe for making the house smell great besides the smell of fresh-baked cookies which nothing can top that!

Add a tablespoon of each herb to 2 cups of water, simmer it on low heat in an old pan, but do not let it get to a boil:

Dry cinnamon, bay leaves, sage leaves, rosemary and lavender.

This recipe of natural scents will put anyone in a festive mood without causing any allergic reactions to people.

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