writingmeg Somebody is already sick of Mom's iPhone hovering nearby. 2d
  •   kb10484 I do this. I have a photostream set up and shared with family... Everyday there's a photo of Reed. :)) 2d
  •   trishheylady You're the mom and poparazzi! 2d

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writingmeg Have a hunch we're headed for another pajamas-till-noon day. You'd think I'd have it together considering how long I've been up? 4d
  •   talesofwhimsy He's so sweet. There were entire days I didn't leave my PJs. Days when brushing my teeth and putting on a bra felt like an accomplishment. 4d
  •   kariannalysis Nothing wrong with Pjs at all!! 4d
  •   stephthebookworm There were some days when I was on maternity leave that I didn't even get to shower until 5 PM. Rock those pajamas, Mama! :) 4d
  •   tj7457 Enjoy! 4d
  •   erinific There is no shame in wearing PJs all day! 4d
  •   trishheylady Isn't it amazing how little you can get done with an infant? Seems impossible until you have one! 3d

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writingmeg How I usually find these two. 6d

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writingmeg The sleepy smiles do help make up for the soul-crushing exhaustion, I must say. 🍼 6d
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  •   sarahreadstoomuch How sweet... 6d
  •   tiftalksbooks Adorable! 6d
  •   stephthebookworm Oh yeah, the exhaustion is the hardest part of it all. I promise you, he will sleep through the night eventually, and you will feel like a whole new woman! :) Crossing my fingers for you that day is coming soon! 6d
  •   tinadetes Oh my...what a cutie! 5d
  •   bnppiper Adorable! I have a former 32-weeker, also named Ollie! He is a huge, thriving 19-month old now :) 4d
  •   writingmeg @bnppiper So happy to hear that -- yay for your Ollie, too! 3d

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writingmeg Y'all were totally right about the awesomeness of an e-reader with a newborn. Now that I can halfway focus on books again, I'm sneaking in some screen time before our next feed. 1w
  •   mylifeinscotland Yes! This is when I bought my kindle. A lifesaver. 1w
  •   magan Yes! It was an absolute lifesaver for me; I still find it easier with her being 15 months for when we snuggle and she takes a random nap on me. 6d

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writingmeg First meeting with Eric Carle's "Very Hungry Caterpillar" was lukewarm, but we'll try again later. 1w
  •   martigayle That book was a favorite when my kids were little. 1w
  •   writingmeg @martigayle I loved it so much! We have three copies for him, haha. Small board book, small hardcover, big hardcover. I have a problem. 1w
  •   trinicapini Hungry caterpillar will be around for a while! Elle brags that she can read it on her own (because I've read it to her so many times she has it memorized). 1w
  •   trinicapini And SO sweet. So glad he's home with you!! 1w

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writingmeg Oliver slept for several hours-long stretches last night and we actually feel human. Maybe we're getting the hang of this newborn thing? Also, sorry for being "that guy" who only posts photos of their child. This is my view all day. Good thing it's a cute one. 1w
  •   sherrycb You're allowed to be "that guy" -- he's a cutie. Glad you got some sleep -- really does make the entire world better. 1w
  •   kb10484 I totally missed all of the photos! Congratulations Momma!!! I am so glad everyone is doing well. He is beautiful!!! Welcome to Mommy hood!!! Post all of the photos you want!!!!! Don't worry about anyone else ;). 1w
  •   classyfabsarah I want you to be that guy!! Adorable. 1w
  •   talesofwhimsy Sleep is such a beautiful thing isn't it? 1w
  •   tj7457 Pictures everyday please 1w
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  •   fruitcupgirl Love his cute little hands 1w
  •   unabridgedchick Be that guy. We want to squee! 1w

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writingmeg Up. all. night. 2w
  •   talesofwhimsy T.G.F.C. Thank God for coffee 2w
  •   cateomalley So glad to see he's finally home! 2w
  •   martigayle Sounds like a normal baby. It gets better, mama. Eventually. 2w

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writingmeg This Mother's Day, I got the best gift: our Oliver is home! We are exhausted and sleep-deprived and adjusting (wow, newborns -- and preemies -- are hard.), but so in love with our little guy. It's still strange to realize I'm a mom, but I'm so very glad I'm his. Happy Mother's Day, everyone! 2w

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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! 2w

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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! 2w

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writingmeg Mondays. 3w

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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. 3w
  •   stephthebookworm Good for you! You guys are in my thoughts! Have a great day with Mr. Ollie. 3w
  •   fruitcupgirl Glad you got to do something relatively "normal". Have a wonderful visit with Oliver 3w
  •   tesla1876 :) I feel the same! Definitely nice to get out and enjoy a beautiful day with a wonderful lady! 3w
  •   katieraej7 Goodness. I just love you two. 3w
  •   unabridgedchick Oh, Meg. Thank you for sharing your day w us. 2w
  •   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). 2w

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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. 3w
  •   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. 3w
  •   josstheboss3 Such a beautiful post. Oliver is adorable! 3w
  •   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. 3w
  •   aubreyvidal Beautiful! !! 3w
  •   tj7457 Your blog was beyond wonderful! I cried through the whole story, so did grama, we loved it and we love you 3w
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  •   katieraej7 Beautiful writing as always, Megan. Your blog helps the miles melt away. We love you all so much. 3w
  •   nmhova18 Heart wrenching!! So glad he is now home where he belongs!! 2w

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writingmeg Happy Tuesday! Yours most sincerely, Oliver Johnson 3w

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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. 4w
  •   dcgirlinpearls You can do it! Both my brother and I were preemies 4w
  •   joanneeatswell I was a preemie and I turned out okay!! You've got this. :-) 4w
  •   serendipity_viv My twins were preemie and are now fifteen, happy and healthy! You can do it. Stay strong 4w
  •   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 4w
  •   abookishaffair Hang in there, lady 4w
  •   writingmeg Thank you all for the positive stories -- they really help! @stephyschade, so inspiring. Glad your story has been a happy one since! 4w
  •   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! :) 4w
  •   classyfabsarah Hugs. I've been praying for all of you! 3w

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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. 4w

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writingmeg Just what the doctor ordered 4w

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writingmeg Just my baby and me. 1mon

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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. 1mon
  •   talesofwhimsy So sweet. 1mon
  •   carriemurph will your insurance pay for a hotel or ronald McDonald house? it's so sad to hear of you driving back and forth!! 1mon
  •   anitalovesbooks He is so perfectly precious. Thinking of you everyday 1mon
  •   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. 1mon
  •   carriemurph @writingmeg my friend is a NICU nurse and she says sometimes insurance will pay. worth looking into? either way sending you much 1mon
  •   writingmeg @carriemurph Absolutely - thanks so much 1mon
  •   pricharm Thinking of you every day! I hope you'll all be able to go home together soon. 1mon
  •   cateomalley Thinking of you, can't imagine how tough this is but hopefully your family will all be under one house soon 1mon

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