Never posted here before! So forgive me if there is a thread in regards to this that I've skipped over.
I had severe pre-e with this pregnancy, was admitted to the hospital for a week and a half and then induced at 34 weeks. From what I've been told, my baby is doing exceptionally well. He is, what they called, a whimpy white boy lol. Never needed any assistance with breathing and I'm told is overall healthy, just need to grow.
He was 3lbs 9oz when he was born and is currently up to 3lb 15oz & is 9 days old. I'm just curious to hear from other mothers who have had their baby spend time in the NICU. His hurdles to jump right now are learning to eat on his own and regulating his body temperature. 3 days ago he took every bottle, every drop...the following days he wouldn't eat hardly anything on his own and the majority of it was fed through his feeding tube and he started spitting up and nearly projectile vomiting after each feed..HOWEVER....today he hasn't spit much at all (more of a wet burp...bleh) & has taken almost every bottle again (34ml).
It's so frustrating! I wish I could do something for him but I'm told it just takes time for their brains to develop into little full term baby brains and that it'll click soon enough. Anyone else been in this position?
Here's a photo of my little peanut as well
Re: NICU- UPDATE :)
Let's pray our little ones get stronger song.
Congratulations on your sons birth and I'm sorry you're in the NICU.
I had my daughter at 29-6 due to pre-e and HELLP last August. She was 2lb 3oz and had a 66 day NICU stay. She came home on o2 and was on it for three months after coming home. She's now 14 mos old and we celebrated her one year NICU discharge tonight!
We were commenting on how fast this year went...our 66 days seemed so much slower than the last year. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but it was worth it. Those preemies operate on their own time, but boy are they strong! As pp said, be sure to take care of you too and take one day at a time. There's a lot of forward and backward movement and it's hard not to get caught up in every little detail and analyze every little thing.
Hoping for your LO to have as short of a stay as possible Good luck!
Anytime I get alone time...I'm crying lol. Much like right now! I get up every day and drive to the hospital (I'm blessed to have my mom with me each time so far) & I stay at the hospital from about 11am-10pm. I call the NICU after every feeding through the night while I'm at my grandmas and since, of course, it's not MY bed I'm sleeping in...I'm restless anyway THEREFORE I get so tired at the hospital and i tend to take naps in the chairs in the lobby of the maternity floor.
TTC since July 2011
Me(33): normal HSG; diagnosed with mild PCOS
DH(35): normal SA
*6 cycles no meds, July-Dec. 2011, all BFN
*Clomid for 3 cycles, Jan-March 2011: BFP March 2011
*MC at 6 weeks
*2 cycles off
*Started TTC again July 2012 with Clomid, 6 cycles from July-Dec. 2012, all BFN
*1 cycle no meds: BFN
*1 cycle Femara: BFN
*1st RE visit March 2013 - first IUI in April 2013 with Femara, Menopur, and Novarel (BFN); second IUI in May 2013, same protocol (BFN); two cycle break; third IUI in August 2013, same protocol (BFN)
*1st IVF cycle, October 2013 (Synarel, Menopur (75 iu), and Gonal-F (150 iu)) -- BFP!! Saw two babies at our 5wk5d u/s on Oct. 28th! EDD=June 25, 2014
I'm not new. I just hate The Bump.
To spend some time at home taking care of our pet and will probably go back to work so as not to use his PTO until she comes home. It can be very lonely at times. We will get through this!
Your feelings are very normal for a preemie mom hanging out in the NICU. It's such a rollercoaster. Some days are good and some days aren't so good. There are times you'll feel like you'll never get him home! But, you will, and this NICU stay will be a flash in the pan compared to the many happy years you'll spend with him at home.
DS1 was born at 32w3d. He spent 24 days learning how to eat. It was very frustrating. I remember the desperation I felt when feeding him and carefully measuring the mls he ate. It happened quickly, though. One day, I cried hysterically to our primary nurse feeling so hopeless. He was home 3 days later. He will get the hang of it soon, and it will be a fast turnaround!
Make sure you take time for yourself. Go out for lunch or for a walk once in a while. It's ok! Your baby is in good hands. Hugs, momma!
Preg #1 - PTL @ 23.5 weeks - angel in heaven (Addison Margaret)
TTC#1 Since November 2013 // BFP March 27, 2014 // EDD December 11, 2014
So sorry that I haven't been on here in a few days, but for good reason! We were released almost about a week ago and have been home enjoying our time together. Everyone was right, it just suddenly kind of clicked with his eating. We're still working on it at home, even, but he's up to about 2oz every three hours and is packing on the weight
Thanks to everyone for all the tips and suggestions. They're most definitely helpful and very true. Good luck to all the NICU mommies! It was such a struggle but thank God we made it through and have our little man home now
As you can see from the picture below, he's getting to be a chunk. His preemie clothes are starting to get a little snug on him and he apparently does not like his picture taken at 3am