My husband & I became parents to an amazing, beautiful little girl named Caroline Abigail on Sunday, 11/27. I was 28w3d when I delivered via emergency c-section after developing severe pre-eclampsia. I had been on hospital bed rest for six days when I delivered. Caroline weighed 2 lb 6 oz and came out crying - a sound my husband and I both agree might be the best thing we've ever heard! I spent the next two days in a fog of pain medicine & Mag Sulfate. My daughter was born at 0756 Sunday and I didnt get to even meet her until Monday at 5pm.
She was initially intubated but three days later, she decided to remove her own ET tube! LOL She's a fiesty girl! She then went on CPAP and last night - on her 1 week birthday! - she transitioned easily to high-flow nasal cannula. We are SO proud of her! She is such a figher and has done nothing but excel in the NICU! She is receiving trophic feeds (1ml every 3 hrs) and is tolerating them well. She had a PDA which was resolved with one round of Indocin (Thank God!). She has really surprised us at how well she has done in the NICU, esp for being so early.
My husband and I are really struggling emotionally (ok, maybe more so me, lol) which the whole concept of having to leave her there, and how it seems no one we know can relate to our experience - from delivery to now. A lot of our friends haven't called, haven't visited, etc. We don't know if they just aren't sure what to say, or if they are really just disinterested. For me, I almost feel like I was never really pregnant. I never got to experience having a big belly, having a baby shower, etc. I was so looking forward to being hugely pregnant at Christmas and bringing our baby girl home in February. Its just been so surreal and just so...different from what we expected, I guess. We just wish that our hospital could have provided someone to help transition us into the NICU, ya know? No one told us what to expect, what would probably happen once she was born and taken to the NICU, etc. I am a nurse and I was still in shock when I saw her for the first time.
Anyways, so I'm hoping to find some great info and support here. I know this board must be great, since our NICU nurse recommended it!