After the birth of our twins at 27 weeks, our friends, family, and coworkers really banned together to help us get through what was the worst period of our lives. Our twins spent 3 months in the NICU growing and recovering from infections, a collapsed lung, and heart surgery. Like almost every parent of a NICU baby, we went into shock (or zombie-mode as we call it). We were pretty much solely focused on our tiny babies and forgot about everything else.
Immediately after the twins were born a close friend created a Google Doc and circulated it to everyone she could think of. These people signed up for shifts to walk our dog, clean our apartment, drive us to and from the NICU, cook, anything they could think of to help us out.
Our friends provided the emotional support that kept us relatively sane during those stressful months. To pay rent and the ever growing pile of hospital bills my husband had to start working a lot (A LOT) of double shifts. This unfortunately meant my husband and I rarely got to see each other. Once our friends found this out they again jumped into action. One friend would stop by the hospital almost every evening on her way home from class just to check in on me and the babies. Another friend would sit with me at night so I wouldn’t have to be alone.
Our twins are now five months old, and we want to do something to celebrate the people who are still very actively involved in all of our lives. How do I ever thank them and make sure they know that they are our babies’ extended family?