I used to post to the July 2012 board, but have finally made my way here. I had my little boy (first baby), Camden, June 1st. He was 32 weeks and 3 days along. I have no idea why he came so early. My water broke at 1 am the Sunday before he was born for no apparent reason. He's doing ok, I think. It seems like the doctor does something everyday that shows he's coming along well. He's up to 20 mL feedings through his feeding tube (I think it's an NG tube?). He started out 4 lbs 2 oz and 17.5 inches long, but today he's down to 3 lbs 14 oz. The doctor didn't sound too concerned about the weight loss, but said he may start fortifying my breast milk. Cam moves around and is so pretty. The therapist in NICU says his muscle strength and control are wonderful. I was able to hold him for the first time the day before yesterday. My NICU practices kangaroo care. He felt so good! Today the doctor sounded like he would take him off his nasal canula and IV soon. He's waiting a little while longer because we've had some problems with jaundice and heart rate drops. I guess the drops are normal for preemies and he doesn't have to have the blanket anymore. Tuesday, he will be 34 weeks and I'm really hoping he does well with a bottle. He seems to really enjoy food.
My husband and I have been spending everyday from 8am to 6pm at the NICU, then we go home to sleep. Today, my husband had to leave at 2 for an appointment and since we live about 30 miles from the hospital, didn't want to come back. I didn't want to leave Cam that early, so I decided to stay the night. Now I'm kind of regretting it. It's so lonely here! I wish my husband were with me, or that I decided to leave when he did, but I already feel like we don't spend enough time here. I wish I could pick Cam up and hold him and rock him anytime I wanted like "normal" parents do.
How much time does everyone spend at the NICU? Any advice for overnight stays? Any other 32 weeker parents who can tell me how long their babies stayed in NICU? When we ask the nurses anything, they just say "it depends on the baby" and it's getting so frustrating! I've heard everything from 1 month on up to our due date (July 24). He seems so strong and seems to be improving so steadily. The time frames they are giving us seems like an eternity!