Three years ago today, we brought our son home from the hospital. He had been in the NICU and ISCU for five months. We made a “graduation” video of our discharge. It was a very happy memory.

Preemie families have a complicated relationship with birthdays. There’s the day the kid was born, which in our case was very scary. There’s term day, on which we were darned tired of the hospital, but he was not eating enough to go home, and there’s go-home day, which was a delight.