writingmeg Baby love. Getting bigger and closer to coming home! Ollie is officially 1 pound up from his birth weight and filling out so much. I just love those little cheeks! 11h

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writingmeg Well, my mother-in-law gets the award for most perfect picture book find ever. Can't wait to read it to our little Oliver! 1d

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writingmeg Mondays. 2d

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writingmeg You know what's weird? Maternity leave without your baby at home. I struggle every day with the need/desire to sit in the hospital, sequestered in the quiet NICU, with my attempts to keep living and getting our home ready for when Oliver is ready to come back with us. Today my husband invited me to join him for a picnic lunch with firehouse chicken and, to my surprise, I said yes. We sat in the sun and talked and ate, and I left feeling brighter than I have in a while. I'm off to the hospital shortly... a little lighter this time. 3d
  •   stephthebookworm Good for you! You guys are in my thoughts! Have a great day with Mr. Ollie. 3d
  •   fruitcupgirl Glad you got to do something relatively "normal". Have a wonderful visit with Oliver 3d
  •   tesla1876 :) I feel the same! Definitely nice to get out and enjoy a beautiful day with a wonderful lady! 3d
  •   katieraej7 Goodness. I just love you two. 2d
  •   unabridgedchick Oh, Meg. Thank you for sharing your day w us. 1d
  •   trinicapini I'm so glad you said yes. One thing I've learned about parenthood is that we need to take care of ourselves--partly so we can better take care of others. Glad you did this for you (and Spencer). 7h

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writingmeg Oliver's birth story is up on the blog today. It took four hours to write and, when I was done, I felt physically and emotionally spent -- but cleansed, too. Ready to love on our little guy, get him home and bring on the sunshine. 7d
  •   whatsheread It is a gorgeous story. Thank you so much for sharing! 7d
  •   whitelilacphotography Ah, what a great story. Thank you for sharing. So glad he's doing well and you're feeling good. Here's to continued strength and a love that - miraculously - somehow grows stronger with every passing day. 7d
  •   landofjoz Such a beautiful post. Oliver is adorable! 7d
  •   jamers84 I teared up at my desk at work. I'm so sorry you had such a scary experience, but little Oliver is absolutely adorable. Congratulations on making it through the tough spot, congrats to you and your hubby on being parents, and know little man is a fighter. He'll be home before you know it. 7d
  •   aubreyvidal Beautiful! !! 6d
  •   tj7457 Your blog was beyond wonderful! I cried through the whole story, so did grama, we loved it and we love you 6d
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  •   katieraej7 Beautiful writing as always, Megan. Your blog helps the miles melt away. We love you all so much. 6d

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writingmeg Happy Tuesday! Yours most sincerely, Oliver Johnson 1w

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writingmeg At least once a day, I think, "You know, I don't want to be a preemie parent -- I just want to be a PARENT." But I'm okay with being any mother Oliver needs me to be right now. And, as usual, I turn to books for comfort. 1w
  •   dcgirlinpearls You can do it! Both my brother and I were preemies 1w
  •   joanneeatswell I was a preemie and I turned out okay!! You've got this. :-) 1w
  •   serendipity_viv My twins were preemie and are now fifteen, happy and healthy! You can do it. Stay strong 1w
  •   ohsostephannie Meg, I was born 4 months early back in 85'. I didn't leave the hospital for 2 years. I was on a ventilator for a year and a half. My parents were told I would never walk,talk, basically told I'd never be able to do anything really....I'll be 30 in July, I surpassed every single obstacle that was set before me. I now have a full time job at a hospital. I know it's scary, things are different from day to day, BUT the power of medicine is amazing! Just keep praying on it, things will be okay! Xoxo 1w
  •   abookishaffair Hang in there, lady 1w
  •   writingmeg Thank you all for the positive stories -- they really help! @stephyschade, so inspiring. Glad your story has been a happy one since! 1w
  •   stephthebookworm Glad you are finding some comfort! In a short while, I'm sure Oliver will be home with you and this will all be a memory! You were chosen to be Oliver's mom, and you are doing an amazing job of it! :) 1w
  •   classyfabsarah Hugs. I've been praying for all of you! 1w

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writingmeg Guess who hit the 4-lbs. mark this week? This guy! Oliver gets bigger every day and loves his milk. Yesterday was the first time a cuddle with Mom did not ease his fussiness, which broke my nervous heart, but we are learning more of his little personality all the time. We love him so. 2w

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writingmeg Just what the doctor ordered 2w

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writingmeg Just my baby and me. 2w

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writingmeg Our little man is one week old today! He's nearly back to his birth weight and figuring out the whole bottle situation. Today we changed diapers, gave a little sponge bath, had a snuggle and met some nice NICU families. Now Spence and I start the long drive home again. 2w
  •   talesofwhimsy So sweet. 2w
  •   carriemurph will your insurance pay for a hotel or ronald McDonald house? it's so sad to hear of you driving back and forth!! 2w
  •   anitalovesbooks He is so perfectly precious. Thinking of you everyday 2w
  •   writingmeg @carriemurph It's awful :( I hadn't thought to ask insurance, and we're on the wait list for Ronald McDonald now. They have a full NICU, unfortunately... lots of us wanting to be near our babes. 2w
  •   carriemurph @writingmeg my friend is a NICU nurse and she says sometimes insurance will pay. worth looking into? either way sending you much 2w
  •   writingmeg @carriemurph Absolutely - thanks so much 2w
  •   pricharm Thinking of you every day! I hope you'll all be able to go home together soon. 2w
  •   cateomalley Thinking of you, can't imagine how tough this is but hopefully your family will all be under one house soon 2w

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writingmeg Ollie took his first bottle yesterday (and Spence got to feed him!). Our little guy is "feisty" and now wants to eat all the time. The sun is shining and, somewhere in our haze of hospital stays, spring arrived overnight. We are washing in the light, and today is the first time I feel close to okay. 3w

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writingmeg So having a baby is the most beautiful thing in the world, and having to leave your baby in the NICU is about the most heartbreaking. I don't know where I'm getting my mama bear strength to handle this week, but I'm digging deep and I'm trying hard. For Ollie. For my husband. And I just pray that each separation brings us closer to bringing him home soon, soon, soon. 3w
  •   tiftalksbooks Congratulations, but sending many hugs your way for your heartbreak. I will be keeping you in my thoughts. 3w
  •   infinitecurio What a sweet baby! My thoughts are with you 3w
  •   classyfabsarah Oh I don't know where I've been the past few days but I completely missed that Ollie had made his grand entrance. Congrats, mommy (and daddy!)!!! Hang in there, praying for all of you. 3w
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  •   feritae He is beautiful and you will have him home, healthy and happy soon! 3w
  •   carriemurph sending you much @writingmeg !! take good care of yourself so you can be strong for your baby!! it will all be 🌞 soon 3w
  •   ljpowell07 Thinking of you all and praying for you every day! 3w
  •   bkclubcare {{{hugs}}} 3w

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writingmeg Welcome to the world, Oliver William! Born unexpectedly April 12 at 9:57pm in Baltimore. Though only 3 lbs 9 oz, our precious one is strong and fierce! I can't believe we're parents. I can't believe any of this, really, but we are both doing well and I'm relieved in ways I didn't know were possible. Wow. Wow. 3w
  •   tj7457 LOTS AND LOTS OF HUGS AND KISSES TO YOU, SPENCER AND OLIVER! 3w
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  •   stephaniecourtphotography Sending all three of you lots off love ️ PS - love the name! 3w
  •   christawyoung Thinking about you! I was born at 3lbs 2oz, and that was quite some time ago. I know your little guy is a fighter! He will grow stronger each day! 3w
  •   bama_ry I was 4 pounds at birth. Hang in there!!!! We are little but mighty!!! Sending you love and hugs. 3w
  •   dotscribbles Congratulations lovely! Completely missed this! Hope you're both doing well xxx 3w
  •   unabridgedchick Sending love - I'm sorry I missed this earlier!! Congrats on your sweet miracle - holding all of you in my heart. 3w
  •   heyletsmakestuff I'm not sure how I missed this! All my love to you and your little one. Going to go read his birth story now!! 7d

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writingmeg Well, rarely does life go as planned. Though we are both doing okay, Baby J and I have been hospitalized since Wednesday. My blood pressure has been scarily high and needs meds and constant monitoring. Today is my baby shower and, though I realize our health is so much more important, I am so sad. Everyone is going forward to celebrate for us, and I can't believe we won't be there. Spence and I remain positive, but the truth is that I'm scared. We took baby's first ambulance ride -- and mine -- early Thursday, and life has been a whirlwind since then. I am all over the place, but wanted to get some of this "out." Sorry for a downer hospital update... Hope better news and happier days are ahead, especially when we can hold this little guy in our arms. 4w
  •   justicejennifer Sending you all the best wishes. 4w
  •   katieraej7 Sending super positive thoughts your way. I love you, Spence, and Baby J. 4w
  •   alitadee Oh Meg, I can only imagine how frustrated, scared, and anxious you must feel. Sending prayers your way - hang in there! 4w
  •   tj7457 We are thinking of you Megan <3 4w
  •   feritae Prayers sent! 4w
  •   racheltrieslife Thinking of you x 4w
  •   jamers84 So sorry you're going through this scary stuff. Relax (as much as possible), rest, and take care of yourself and that baby! Sending love your way. 3w
  •   katieraej7 Lots of love to you!! ♡♡♡ 3w

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writingmeg Sight for sore eyes! 1mon

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writingmeg Now THAT is some cookie dough ice cream. 1mon

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writingmeg Well, we're getting there! 30 weeks today with 10-ish more to go. The golden second trimester is behind me... and I'm tired already. But excited we're getting closer to meeting this little guy. 1mon

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writingmeg Spoiling ourselves a little! Spence and I met five years ago today 2mon

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writingmeg Happy first day of... spring? 2mon

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