Friday, September 13, 2013

Welcome to

Hi!  My name is Michelle. I live near Washington, D.C., with my husband, Craig; our preemie daughter, Emily; and our shih tzu-poodle, Bentley.

Over the last year, I have experienced a lot of changes. I got married, moved from the city to what I call the country, and had a baby. I also transitioned from Vice President of Public Policy at a trade association to Vice President of Childhood Development for my household.

My power suits have been replaced with t-shirts and yoga pants. Conference calls and meetings on Capitol Hill have been replaced with diaper changes, multiple loads of laundry, and pediatrician appointments. In lieu of dinner receptions and fundraisers, we now eat handmade meals that I prepare. Everything is different, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Emily is our preemie blessing. She was born three months early, weighing one pound, eight ounces. We were told that she would enter our lives early, but we never expected her to come into the world quite so soon.

We are thankful to all of the doctors and nurses who provided Emily with special care during her 67-day stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We also feel blessed to have family and friends who support us during our journey.

This blog chronicles our experiences and lessons learned during pregnancy, hospitalization, our NICU stay, and beyond. It is intended to provide helpful information to parents who find themselves in similar situations.






  1. Good start Michelle! I know you've had a rough day and want you to know you're in my prayers. May God give you the peace that only He can give! God bless!


  2. Hi, George,

    Thank you for your kind note. We greatly appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers.

    Thank you also for encouraging me to write, and for helping develop such a perfect blog domain name.

    We feel very blessed to have great friends and family like you.


    1. Hi,
      John and I are looking forward to upcoming posts.
      Hang in there! :)

  3. Hi, John and Cindy,

    Thank you for your note. Please stay tuned, as more posts will be made available next week.

    We appreciate your love and support.


  4. Hi Michelle, I’ve been concerned about you, Craig and Emily... You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Dad