The Lizzie Bear Project presents 51 days of Lizzie Bear Beanies! On May 24, 2017, I donated over 50 beanies to the local hospital where my daughter Elizabeth was born and where she spent 23 days in the NICU.
For the next 51 days, I am going to feature a different beanie everyday that I made to donate. They are all different in their own way, different color schemes and different patterns used. Some of the patterns are freebies and some are paid patterns, the freebies will be included in the blog post but the paid patterns will have links to where they can be found and a coupon code to get it a discounted price.
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It was a total different experience walking into the hospital NICU 9 months later with my healthy baby girl and donating many beanies for the little babies currently and coming soon into the NICU.
The first time I got to hold Elizabeth, almost 24 hours after she was born, she was hooked up to oxygen and on a feeding tube. All the memories of having to give birth at 36 weeks and then to go home without my newborn baby in tow was very difficult, especially when everyday they kept extending her stay by 1-5 days longer, based on current health complications. I remember being in so much pain and tired from my c-section but I wanted to be there with her every second that I was able to be or calling to check on her.
What is the Lizzie Bear Project?
The Lizzie Bear Project is a crafty way to make bear beanies (and other bear goodies) for babies who are spending time in the NICU. The NICU stay can be a scary time for parents but a little bear beanie will put a smile on their face and maybe forget about the stress for a moment.
How can you join the Lizzie Bear Project?
It’s simple, make bear beanies and share the love! That is what this project is all about, sharing some bear beanie love! Do you know of someone who would love a bear beanie? Or a new bundle of joy on the way or just born? Really these can be made for anyone, not just NICU babies. Give your local hospital a call and see if they are accepting donations, the hospital where I donated was thrilled to have the donations, their only request was that the beanies were the size of a grapefruit. At first, I was like grapefruit, huh? But then I remembered that when Elizabeth was wearing beanies as a newborn, the beanies were perfect circumference but just a tad too long, that they became little eye masks!
(Sometimes even rolled up they become little eye masks)
So get ready, the next 51 days are packed with inspiration of crochet beanies for you to make! ~Ashley