Early Stork Arrival Brings Sweet Love Story
Lindsay and Danny Nolan are parents to Henry, an adorable 1-year old. Like many toddlers, Henry is moving and grooving and keeping his parents on their toes. But what a difference a year makes as Henry, who was born two months premature, weighed in at only 2 pounds, 15 ounces at birth, and dropped to 2 pounds, 5 ounces soon after. Lindsay, while living in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the hospital during Henry’s stay, wrote her baby a love story that is now a new book titled Peanut.
Q&A with Lindsay Nolan
Omaha Family: How quickly were you able to write PeanutF
Lindsay Nolan: I actually wrote the content of the book fairly quickly during my son, Henry’s NICU stay. It is a parents’ love story, so the words and the emotion were already present. The illustrating; however, took much longer.
Omaha Family: What surprised you the most about writing your book?
Lindsay Nolan: I never set out to publish my book – my primary intention was to show Henry what a gift he is to his dad and me, and to document this period in my life. However, after receiving feedback from other parents who went through similar situations, and wanting to pay that support forward, I felt like making it available to the public was something I’d like to do.
Omaha Family: How have you helped other parents with preemies?
Lindsay Nolan: After coming out of the NICU experience as stronger parents and individuals, I believe it is common to want to support others going through the same thing. It is amazing – the love you feel for your baby is unlike anything you’ve ever felt, and at the same time, it is scary – some days are good, others are set backs. I try to reach out to others in the same way I was taken care of while I was in the hospital – whether it is through a financial donation, mailing a copy of the book, or a word of encouragement.
Omaha Family: What is the biggest tip you can give parents recently diagnosed with preeclampsia?
Lindsay Nolan:Trust your doctor and trust God’s plan. You will get through it. You will probably gain more weight than you intended to (sudden weight gain is an indicator of preeclampsia). It’ll come off. Listen to your body and take care of yourself.
Omaha Family: What should we know about NICU staff?
Lindsay Nolan: Can I shout it from the rooftops that I LOVE the NICU staff that worked with me? I value the people that took care of my baby and me more than words can describe. I can only imagine how rewarding, yet incredibly difficult the job must be. A nurse of mine taught me how to breastfeed my less than three pound baby, which was not something required of her to do. Another comforted me when I was inconsolable as my dear baby had to get his IV replaced in his head. If there is one thing you should know about NICU staff, it is that they are AWESOME!
Omaha Family: What amazes you the most about your journey with Henry?
Lindsay Nolan: I remember texting my family at the hospital that if Henry came two months early, I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I wouldn’t be able to deal with him being in the NICU. But I could handle it; you have to handle it. Today, it seems like such a long time ago that we started our journey together, even though it has only been a year. He has progressed so much in that small amount of time.
Omaha Family: Are there any new books in your future?
Lindsay Nolan: I hope so. But I’m waiting for inspiration. Maybe my next book will be about my second child, who waited 40+ weeks to say “hello” to the world and is a mighty, full-term, incredibly huge baby. We will see where life takes us next.
Omaha Family: If you could meet one person, living or not, who would that be and why?
Lindsay Nolan: I wish I could have met my husband’s “Grandma Nolan,” also referred to as “Grandma Dede.” My husband says she was the coolest. I love getting to know his family members – they are very much like mine.
Omaha Family: If you could travel to one place on earth where would you go?
Lindsay Nolan: At the top of my list is Ireland. My maiden name is “McFeely” and I married into an Irish family, so we love to celebrate that side of our heritage. I often tell people I am 100% Irish but this isn’t true.
Omaha Family: If you could have one super power what would that be?
Lindsay Nolan: The ability to fly. I often dream that I am flying. I think this means something, like your life is in full force. I believe this to be true.