By: Jennifer Murray

NICU Survival Kit Headed to The Big “D”

Well past my bedtime last night, I was putting together a NICU Survival Kit for Casey Gerwer who just delivered quadruplets yesterday at 29 weeks in Dallas, TX! You can find the stats on Reid, Cameron, Trey, and Brady on their blog. Please keep them in your prayers especially over these next few weeks as their babies transition from womb to the real world where they are expected to do all the full-term tasks (breathing, feeding, maintaining their body temp., and yes, pooping!) 11 weeks early. Congratulations, especially goes out to Casey as she fought so hard for these babies and did so well to make it to 29 weeks! Way to go quad mama, welcome to the club!

Can I tell you how much I love putting these kits together?!!! I find myself praying for the family as I pack the contents of the kit. I pray for the mom’s recovery, strength for dad, the babies to be little fighters, the doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapist that are so vital to the baby’s survival……and then I’m overwhelmed with gratefulness as I reflect on our NICU days and how blessed we are with 4 healthy babies!

Especially this little guy (Clark) who really made our NICU nurses work for their money

Our super-sitter (well, she’s free so I guess she’s not really a sitter), Tami, is on her way with some hand-made preemie blankets for the kit. So soft and sweet! Many of you have emailed about the blankets so I want to give you some “specs”. Tami’s are 12 x 12 (some a little bigger or more rectangle), and I could also use some 20 x 20‘s.

Lastly, an enormous thank you to my friend Melissa, who donated a sack full of really nice lotion from Bath and Body Works for the kits. I’m telling ya, your hands get so sore and dry from scrubbing up that lotion just melts in your hands. This will be wonderful, Melissa!

Oh yeah, one more thing…then I have to get some lunch while I have the chance! There’s been a lot of chatter about Adsense lately (Suz added it to her site too). While we can’t tell you how we get money from the ads due to “contractual obligation”- you can easily look this up on our friend google to find out if your curiousity is killing or check out problogger for more….or try monetizing out for yourself (you can sign up here by clicking on the link in the left column under the ads)!

…..Seacrest, OUT

8 Responses to “NICU Survival Kit Headed to The Big “D””

  1. GibsonTwins
    January 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm #

    Jen, what else could be of use to you in putting the kits together? So you don’t have too much of one item, can you list a few things that you would like?

  2. Stacie
    January 17, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    What do you put in the kits? I have a friend with a 24-weeker in the NICU and I don’t know what to give her to make her life easier.

  3. renita
    January 18, 2008 at 7:46 am #

    Jen,
    I have done these kits for people we have met in the nicu. I included some nice tissues, microwave popcorn, individually wrapped tea bags, granola bars, and money for parking. Even magazines that are a little bit older are nice to have around. When my sister was there for months with her preemie, they loved getting phone cards so they didn’t have to pay long distance charges for updates to relatives. It is wonderful what you are doing!

  4. Devin
    January 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi Jen,

    I have been following your blog for months now, but have never commented. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading your posts and seeing pics and video of your adorable boys (I am a mom to three young boys myself). I fell in love with your blog the first time I found it (thru Sandy T.) and have been reading ever since. I am from Danville (well, Catlin) and grew with with a lot of the gals you probably know from Calvary–and I went to college with Gretchen.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say what a great thing it is that you are doing for these new moms with the NICU kits. The Lord will bless the sacrifice of your time/energy/money/resources! And, I know it is extra helpful for them, since you experienced all of this yourself and know exactly what it is they will need! What an incredible blessing.

    I will continue to follow your blog and pray for you and your ‘5’ boys. 🙂

    Devin in Illinois

  5. Brittany
    January 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm #

    Jen,
    I just saw your comment on Tricia’s blog (the one w/ CF). What an amazing story! It’s so exciting to see God work through people like you and Tricia and others who glorify God even in the scary times. HE IS GOOD!

  6. Anonymous
    January 21, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    It’s so wonderful what you are doing for these NICU families with the money from your ads.

  7. The Gerwer Babies
    January 21, 2008 at 5:42 pm #

    Girl, i just want to tell you how awesome you are!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so sorry it took me so long to get back to you. It has been one road block after another for me. But better me than the babies 🙂
    Thank you so much, i think what you do is amazing and so heartwarming. Its hard enough to be in the NICU (and away from it for that matter) that i cant wait.
    I hope there is a time when we can have a great big play date with all the quads, CRAZY! Thanks so much! Love, Casey

  8. Charity Donovan
    January 23, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    This is such an awesome idea…you guys are a true inspiration!
    -Charity

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