You know you're a preemie parent when...
*You measure everything in cc's
*Luxury = sleeping three hours in a row
*You can change your baby's diaper with one hand
*In the course of the same day, you have wanted to slap and bear hug the same NICU nurse
*You feel a secret pull of jealousy when one of your friends delivers full term
*You have gotten a rash on your hands from washing with hot water and the NICU soap... eight times in one day
*The statement "breastfeeding is simple and natural" makes you laugh -- or cry, depending on the day and the hour.
*Your baby has ever outgrown an outfit... while s/he was wearing it.
*You cry when you're happy, laugh when you're mad, and throw things across the room when you're sad.
*You could drive the route from your house to the hospital in your sleep... and maybe you have.
*You can't remember what you talked about before feeding schedules, diapers, and growth charts.
*You're more interested in your baby's diaper than the State of the Union
*Your idea of a vacation is walking outside to get the mail
*When someone offers you their hand to shake, you think twice, envisioning the germs that you might take home from them
*The sound of your baby crying is beautiful, not annoying.
*While everyone else coos, "He's so tiny!" your six-pound baby looks huge to you.
*Your heart almost bursts with love at least once a day
*You would climb to the top of Mt. Everest, barefoot, if it would help your baby to grow healthier, bigger, or stronger.
*You not only know what "bilirubin" is, you have had several extensive conversations about it.
*You never knew how grateful you could feel that your baby has gained an ounce.
*You know where all the vending machines are on your floor of the hospital... and which ones have the good snacks.
*You literally live your life one hour at a time.
*The security guard at the front door of the hospital just waves you in when he sees you.
*You are grateful for the smallest things now -- a shower, clean socks, a meal that you didn't have to cook, a friend who has a whole conversation with you without offering you any useless advice.
*When someone asks you what scent you're wearing, you say "Germ-X" without batting an eye.
*You had to give up your shower today to make time to read this list.