Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Why Coping With LM Asks For Handmade Blankets

It was June of 2010, somewhere in the middle of the night and early morning. I sat at my computer, starring into the computer screen. A handful of tabs were opened, laryngomalacia-supraglottoplasty-surgery for an infant-what to pack for a hospital stay. 

Earlier that day, I signed the pre-op papers for my four month old daughter to have airway surgery. She had life threatening laryngomalacia, severe apnea, GERD, bradycardia, left ventricular hypertrophy and feeding difficulties that left her gasping for every breath. 

Medical intervention was needed and it was needed as soon as possible

Stridor filled our house. Loud and forceful then somehow comforting; at least I knew she was breathing.The lump in the throat and tightness in my chest was a constant reminder of what lay ahead, the thought of laying my baby into the arms of a surgeon made me physically ill. 

I knew I couldn't change what was about to happen but I could do my best to make her comfortable. I spent hours searching online for a blanket, I wanted it to be soft and warm. 

I wanted her to feel wrapped in love and strength

Would a Carter's blanket hold the same significance? If I purchased a blanket from Etsy, would the seller know my baby was about to have life saving airway surgery? Could he/she even pronounce laryngomalacia?

Handmade blankets that were donated to Coping With LM in Spring of 2017.

Unable to make a decision in mist of the storm, I brought a generic baby blanket to the hospital. As I sat in PICU and watched her breathe, I couldn't stop wishing she had something more.

As the months went on, my daughter began thriving. 
Surgery was a success and my baby was finally breathing easy! 

It was time to help others

Coping With LM's Care Package Program was created and shortly after, donated handmade blankets were being given to babies recovering from airway surgery, all around the world! 

Last year alone, Coping With LM gave 106 blankets from California to Canada to Ireland and beyond! 

Handmade blankets that were donated to Coping With LM in  Summer of 2017

No longer are babies with airway disorders laying in cold, sterile hospital beds. 

They are now wrapped in love and strength!  

 Gillian, mom of a Pint-Sized Powerhouse says, 
"Receiving a care package from Coping With LM made me feel like I wasn't alone, supported, cared for, wrapped in the kindness of that beautiful handmade hat and blanket."

The love and time every donor puts into each blanket does not go unnoticed. From a mother who wished for her baby to be wrapped in such beauty, I thank you. 

Blankets to books, everyone can support the cause!  
Learn how you can make a difference here.

Want to donate items from home? 
Visit our Amazon Wishlist here.

In health & happiness, 
Stephanie Hueston
CWL Founder and President


  1. Good morning! My 13 year old daughter is interested in starting a collection. She is asking around to local senior centers and clubs to make and donate.

  2. How can I help with blankets! I saw a new report about your organization and it touched my heart. My 3 year old daughter was born with laryngomalacia and it was terrifying. We didn’t think she would make it. But here she is a full of life 3 almost 4 year old. That first year was terrifying the stridor and her boughts of her stopping to breath were awful. Thanks for setting up such an awesome organization ❤️