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November is Premature Awareness Month. Post your preemie's picture

post #1 of 72
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Post your preemie's pic and talk about him/her or both!

This is Maggie. She is almost 9 mos old. Born Feb 15th/Due June 1st, so 15 weeks premature (they say 16 weeks since she was 24 weeks 6 days and 18 hours but another 6 hours she would have been 25 weeks).
She weighed in at 1 lb 12 oz and is now tipping the scale at 15 lbs.

Her mission in life is to scare her parents. I am not joking but she is. She gave us a few scares before she was born and then really blew our minds when she kicked her self out and ruperting my sac by putting her foot in the birth canal. Although her 90 day nicu stay was uneventful by most standards, she really put the fear of God in her parents. She now amazes us daily by being a dare devil, reaching for anything and everything, pulling hair, kicking, laughing out loud, and getting ready to crawl. She had a slight cold this weekend and it terrified us but she seems fine. All I can say is Thank God she was not our first!!

Here she is with her big sister Liz in the portraits we had taken for the holidays. Yes we did them in Oct.

Now your turn...
post #2 of 72
Sydney Jeanne was born at 34 weeks due to severe Intrauterine growth restriction. Her placenta was failing, and had been operating sub prime her whole pregnancy. She is quite the fighter. She had to fight the entire pregnancy. There were many times where we were told to expect poor outcomes. Here she is today, almost 6 months later happy and healthy. She weighed 2 pounds 13 ounces at birth, and although we know she was 34 weeks, she was developmentally and size wise about 30 weeks. We spent 48 days in the NICU, mostly uneventful, but still very trying for us. She had a very hard time learning to suck, swallow, and breathe.

Her favorite things to do are to be held, make a very high pitched scream and scare everyone, and stop traffic. She is very cute and throws people off by looking like a newborn size wise but by being basically on track developmentally. She has a wonderful smile and does those oh-so-cute full body smiles babies do. She LOVES being outside. Her day care provider has a baby swing outside, and Sydney could spend all day there.

I just love to share pictures of her.... so sorry if I'm posting too many. I have a good friend who loves to take pictures with her camera.

Sydney in the NICU

Sydney just after she was born, the first picture of her I saw:

Sydney nursing

Family Picture and here

Sydney and Daddy ana mommy here

Sydney and here
post #3 of 72

I'm a sucker for preemie pictures

Sarah was born at 27w6d weighing 1045g and 35.5cm (2lb5oz & 14"). Her 82 day NICU stay was the classic rollercoaster that I am still recovering from. Sarah, however, seems to have put it all behind her! We had a particularly rough year with some diagnosis' that are not as positive as I would have hoped but she's showing everyone and is developing and growing AND Learning!!! Still a tiny little thing physically but she's almost standing alone and I'm sure she'll be walking within a month. Just last night she made the connection between her teddy bear's eyes and my eyes. My heart melted She is my joy.

My 1st digital Pic at 1 day old

My son and daughter

Sitting Up!

Her 1st Birthday
post #4 of 72
Sydney Louise was born on July 27, 2006 at 24w5d gestation due to severe pre-eclampsia and IUGR. She was 1lb4oz at birth and only 11 inches long. She is still in the NICU - has been for 14 weeks and 3 days. Her stay has been a rollercoaster but we are beginning to see the end - she is currently in an open air crib, nippling all of her feeds by mouth, and is down to 0.1lpm - unblended O2!!! She weighs 5lbs11oz as of this morning and is about 18 inches long, and is 39w1d today.

Sydney - Saturday, July 29th - first time Mommy saw her
First time being held
Loving the pacifier
Kangaroo care with Daddy
Almost big enough to come home...
post #5 of 72
Look at all those beautiful babes!

My ds, Spencer, was born at 30 weeks, 3 days gestation. My water fully ruptured (PPROM) at 20 weeks, 5 days and I spent the next 10 very long, quite boring weeks on 99% hospital bedrest. My OB and peri weren't super hopeful but they never used the word "hopeless" or "induction" to me and for that, I will forever be grateful. I never went into labor but started having some heavy bleeding, which my OB (correctly) thought was the placenta beginning to abrupt.

Spencer was born via c-section and was 2 pounds, 14 ounces and 15 inches long. They had a very hard time stabilizing him and he spent several days on the oscilator before moving to the conventional vent and then the cannula. When he was 5 days old, the nurse inserted his feeding tube THROUGH his stomach (they called me and told me they thought he had NEC) and was transfered to another hospital to have surgery to stitch that up.

He is now 18 months old, about 22 pounds, and a ball of fire! He has no developmental delays and came home on no monitors or oxygen. I feel so, so lucky that he even developed lungs and even more blessed that he is the spunky toddler he is now.

Spencer's First Picture

After Surgery

Coming Home from the NICU

Getting ready to Trick or Treat
post #6 of 72
She's Beautiful.

Ok Emma was born at 27 weeks 2 days, 13 weeks early. I had been on bedrest for 3 weeks and had been in the hospital overnight on mag. The next day my water broke and within minutes I was in the OR having a c-section because I dilated from 2-5 within about 5 minutes and from 5-7 within another 5 minutes. She had her ups and downs in the nicu. Came home after almost 10 weeks. Went back for another week for eye surgery. Went back to another hospital for having blue spells from reflux, just got out again from having an endoscopy and we're still struggling with reflux related issues. She was born weighing 2 lbs. 2 oz. and is now wavering right around 13 lbs. at
8 1/2 months old. Her photo montage is http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p...edium=text_url

Then: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5...100_2214.0.jpg

Now: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5...ting%20016.jpg
post #7 of 72
Wendy, sydney is a doll and you have a beautiful family!
post #8 of 72
Thanks for the kind comments....

Videos for any who are interested are posted here...


I have NICU videos as well as current ones there.

I just love seeing everyone's babies. They are such miracles. This is so neat to see all the pictures and montages!
post #9 of 72
Sunflowers, look what a big girl she is!!! It's hard to imagine that Emma will learn how to walk someday..guess she's gotta master sitting first though. LOL
post #10 of 72
Sarah, Syndney is SO close to coming home. I know it's been a rough road for you guys. I will be crying tears of joy when we get the honor of seeing you "she's coming home!" post. As always, she's BEAUTIFUL!
post #11 of 72
What a big boy spencer is these days. It's amazing and so wonderful to hear about and see these this little miracles grow into big miracles!!
post #12 of 72

Emma was SO tiny. So precious. What is the song in your montage?
post #13 of 72
Loved the pictures and videos. I think Noah spent time in the same nicu spot as Sydney. 48 hours after birth they moved him to the spot next to the window where it was really cold. Nathan only spent time in the other room.
post #14 of 72
Conan and Dennis were born by c-section at 27 weeks. I woke up to find my sac of water bulging out between my legs--they couldn't stop the labor, and that was that. Here's Conan when he was a couple of days old.

And here are both of my boys now!
post #15 of 72
Yup, we were in the "cold spot" I loved the "privacy" the little nook gave and the window, but really hated the cold and that we could hear all the c/s babies go back to their mommas.

We were also on the other side, by the door between the two rooms.
post #16 of 72

Your montage made me cry

For some reason I can never open your photo links, LOL! But just 4 months ago I wasn't sure if Sarah would ever hold her head up and steady, let alone sit up, crawl, stand, cruise, and now standing alone (almost )! Everything happened soooo fast. Emma will get there. BTW, at 8 mos Sarah was a little over 11 1/2 lbs and at 9 mos she was almost a pound heavier- a hefty 9lb7oz! She might be up to 15lbs now- maybe. Your Emma sounds like she's really growing well! Hang in there, it gets better

BTW- Sarah had that Frog outfit Emma wore home and she has a bunch of other clothes that Emma has- it was like looking through Sarah's closet
post #17 of 72
This is a great idea. It's wonderful to start putting faces to names. Here's a recent pic of Noah, not very good but I haven't had time to sort through all the old ones or take many new ones.

Noah 3 months http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q...h_IMG_3773.jpg
post #18 of 72
The first song is Amazed or amazing (never can remember) by janelle. she a christian artist and I'm sure it'll show up on a google search
post #19 of 72
LOL bout the frog outfit, I love frogs, so She now has it in her size again. There's not a whole lot of preemie selection especially when they're micro preemies to choose from. LOL. She's actually losing weight now and only gained 2 ounces in a month. She's going in for a f-tube to be placed in another week or so.
post #20 of 72
I JUST (Like on Wednesday) bought that frog outfit at Kohls. I bought it in 3 months. Still too big for my almost 6 monther. In the montage, I saw a nightgown "bag" which was one of the first things we put on Syd, and the first clothing item she outgrew, still in the NICU.
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