My twins were born on 20 September 1995, weighing in at just 4 lbs 3 oz and 4 lbs 1 oz. We had nine days notice. Yes, I’m serious. Nine days earlier I was stretched out on the exam table staring at what I hoped was a broken ultrasound, while the doctor casually pointed to “Twin A” and “Twin B.” “And, um, by the way, you’ll have to drive to Brooke Army Medical Center to have them because we don’t deliver twins here. Furthermore, we’re not sure what condition the babies will be in since we’re just finding out about them.” Deep intake of breath…spinning room…I live in Louisiana, that means we have to drive my daughter to Mississippi to my parents’ house and then drive to Texas to have these babies? Are they crazy? And what if they’re siamese twins? What if something’s wrong with them? I cannot believe I’m having two babies. In nine days. How in the heck does a doctor miss TWO babies?
Fortunately, my babies were born healthy and spent only a week in the NICU. However, that week has left an indelible mark on my heart. I remember watching the other parents lean over the incubators, stroking the tiny fingers of their babies as they waited for some sign that everything would work out and their little one would join them at home. I remember how panicked I felt when Brandon stopped breathing and turned blue while Tony was back in Louisiana taking care of some business. I remember the two of us encouraging the babies to drink and hold down an ounce of milk so we could take them home with us.
I’ve always known that at some point I wanted to figure out away to bring a bit of comfort to the babies and their parents who find themselves in the same situation. That’s why I was happy to find out about Project Linus. Their mission is “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.'”
I started my first blanket four days ago and finished it up this evening. I used one of the patterns from the Project Linus website. To find chapters in your area, go here. If you like to crochet, knit or sew, you can become a volunteer blanketeer. Just remember blankets must be:
~ free of pins
~ and come from a smoke free environment (due to allergies)
Blankets of any size are welcome and will be used for children from newborn to 18 years of age.