I love Talia’s NICU photos, looking back on them now. I wish I had more of them, and I really wish I had some video. I don’t think I realised at the time how important they would become, because when I was spending so much of every day in the nursery, I felt as though every detail would be burned into my brain forever. Unfortunately, you do start to forget the little details so every photos is precious – especially the size comparison photos, and the few of me holding Talia. Sadly I lost a lot of my hospital photos last year due to a computer failure – so be sure to create a back up of any photos you take.
I know there are mums who who can hardly bear to look at their hospital photos, showing their baby looking so small and struggling to hold on to life – but it is better to have the photos and choose not to look at them, than not to have them at all. One day your child may also want to know more about how their life started and how amazingly far they have come.
The nurses at my hospital were quite good at giving me little items to keep – things like hospital bands, a tiny blood pressure cuff, monitor leads, the little paper tape they use to measure head circumference and so on. They also made me a card for Mothers Day with Talia’s footprints in it, and so forth. All these precious little souvenirs are in a special memory box which I dip into from time to time.
I’m not really a scrapbooker, although I’ve done a bit of digital scrapbooking. However I know a lot of people like to create baby pages, and if you want something special, here is a site which offers stickers and other scrapbooking stuff specifically for premature babies: http://www.mykidsinspiration.com/shop/index.php The only drawback is that they call premmies “preemies” in the US.
These are a couple of my digital scrapbooking pages, they are part of a photo book I made of Talia’s first year. (They don’t actually use anythings specifically for prems, other than my actual photos.)
You can see scrapbooking done by other premmie mums on the L’il Aussie Prems forum here.