During the eight days Lion was with us, we were so very blessed in many ways. One of those blessing were the NICU nurses we were privileged to work with. We had incredible NICU nurses. We couldn’t have picked better ones. They even said that for some reason they did something different with their schedules that week which ended up making it possible for us to have to same nurses for the four days we were in the hospital.
They were kind, compassionate, and loved Lion as much as we did. In fact, when he first opened his eyes, the nurse had a hard time giving Lion up so we could see him. They were fighting over who would get to hold him and have the time with him. They said it’s not very often they are fighting over babies in the nursery, but they fought over Lion.
I have to laugh at that because Tigger got kicked out of the nursery with the excuse that he needed more “mommy time.” When I told the nurses that, they laughed and admitted that’s what’s said when they’ve done all they can and the baby won’t calm down. So I’ve had one child kicked out of the nursery and the other one they didn’t want to let go.
Our families stepped up in ways I would have never thought of. Tigger had cousins to play with every day. Grandma took him at night. Of course in those two weeks, he outgrew everything I had sent with him. People made sure he had clothes that fit. Dinners were brought in by friends and family. Countless prayers were said in our behalf by those near and far. Our names were places on the prayer rolls of temples in four temples that I know about. Cards, flowers, and other things arrived on a daily basis. Family came from out of state and out of the country. It was truly humbling to be on the receiving end of so much love and service.
We cannot thank everyone enough for the support. I never could have imagined nor had I ever planned on leaning on others as much as I did, but I am eternally grateful for everyone. It’s amazing what one learns when one has to depend on others. It taught me a whole new meaning to , “comfort those who stand in need of comfort,” and “mourn with those that mourn.” What a lesson learned. We can’t do it on our own. We need to let others help. For once in my life I let others help fill the gaps that I knew I wouldn’t be able to fill and was extremely blessed by it. I couldn’t have, we couldn’t have made it through without the support of others.
Don’t be afraid to allow others to serve you. I know that I have a very difficult time doing that. After all, I don’t need to inconvenience others or I can do it on my own. I don’t need help. I have learned that it isn’t an inconvenience and I can’t do it on my own. People do what they do out of love (whether that love is there in the beginning or at the end, it still happens.) Don’t deny them the opportunity. I’m saying that as much to myself as I am suggesting it to others.
“When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.”
How true that is.