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post #41 of 100
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Originally Posted by OGirlieMama View Post
I can smell that soap now that you guys are talking about it.
same here. :Puke

I hate that stuff...sigh
post #42 of 100
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Originally Posted by intorainbowz View Post
Scent is a VERY strong trigger for me.

I think scent is a very strong trigger generally speaking.
Soaps are funny because they are consistant over the years. . .like it doesn't smell *like* the soap previously it smells *exactly* like the soap previously experienced--which is why I think it's so strong of an association.

Herbal Essences shampoo will FOREVER remind me of the summer between 7th and 8th grades.

Softsoap Watermelon Antibacterial soap brings back vivid images of the summer between 9th and 10th grades when I visited my sister in Utah.

Gain laundry detergent simultaneously reminds me of a friend and my other sister.

It is a strange sensation when a scent triggers a memory set. It's so real. . .whatever you were feeling at the time--fear, excitement, anger, anticipation, anxiety, happiness all rushing back as if it's THEN again.
post #43 of 100
I remember the soap with excitement too and feeling good about protecting my baby from germs. Now what I didn't like was the gowns and rubber gloves that separated me from really touching my baby well. Fortunately when I did kangaroo care or tried to BF I took that stuff off. It was the nicu's interesting way of trying to prevent RSV which I suppose they ought to do something.

You know you are a preemie parent when you can measured your baby by the handful.
post #44 of 100
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Originally Posted by OGirlieMama View Post
My contributions...

You don't have any "going home from the hospital" pictures because you were so damn glad to get out of there you basically grabbed the baby and ran.


OMG this was us....we took him and took off....
post #45 of 100
That soap smell...uggh.

I think I posted somewhere else that ds and I were at another hospital for some pulmonary function testing and the soap was the same....I swear I think I started having heart palpitations...

And it's 7 years ago this July 1st...
post #46 of 100
Oh and let me just say (and then I'll be done with my serial posting)

That I want to f&*#ing kill people who say, "Oh I'm just so *tired* of being pregnant!"

I have literally yelled at people for saying that and given them a good 'ol fashioned down home lecture...
post #47 of 100
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Originally Posted by sarah1972 View Post
OMG! This JUST happened to me, but you know you're a preemie parent when the insurance company calls and asks how your baby is doing!
And the next pregnancy the case manager calls you weekly to make sure you're on your meds and behaving yourself.

And then your fourth baby is a whopping 8 lb 3 oz and you think he looks like a 6 month old, at least.
post #48 of 100
....when you are excited they fit into 'newborn' clothes.
post #49 of 100
You go to 36 weeks and feel "overdue".
post #50 of 100
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Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
Well I am glad someone feels this way!!
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I didn't get to hold either of the girls for over 2 weeks, but I can't say the soap brings back either just good or just bad memories. It just brings back so many memories that it sort of floods over me and I get lost in it all - I end up right back there, with all the ups and downs. :
post #51 of 100
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Originally Posted by jkpmomtoboys View Post
Oh and let me just say (and then I'll be done with my serial posting)

That I want to f&*#ing kill people who say, "Oh I'm just so *tired* of being pregnant!"

I have literally yelled at people for saying that and given them a good 'ol fashioned down home lecture...
I want to too. Oh what I would give to find out what it feels like to be 36 weeks pregnant...
post #52 of 100
It was a big day for me when I didnt think that about people= complain they wanted to have their baby already!! Because my first prgncy I was right there w them! I still remember last year at this time when a few of us in my ddc were spending our time in the nicu and the others wined about stretch marks, back aches, etc. I had to tell another mama- we would be right there w them!! So be easy on em!

I am more PO at the stupids who say- well at least you wont have to worry about getting fat or the other who says- Well you can get your rest now and recover now!
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post #55 of 100
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Originally Posted by intorainbowz View Post
Oh I hate that too. I finally started confronting NICU nurses, my OB whom I really like on that one... My OB apologized and told me she was thinking of how hard it was having a NB at home and how she hoped I was getting sleep instead of serial non sleep.
My NICU nurses used to say the same thing. Which didn't comfort me at all, I wanted to be normal. Sleepless night are normal, going to sleep at 10 and waking up at 8 the next day uninterrupted with a 33 week old across town is not.
post #56 of 100
serial post.

The "is he 3-4 months?" questions have started. Their eyes glaze over when I say he is almost 9 months old, and how cute to have them stay a baby longer than normal.

Yeah, its all peaches and cream. Peaches and cream. :
post #57 of 100
When I get comments from people that say "wow she is walking early, how old is she, lemme guess 9 months?" Then I just laugh and walk away sometimes...I got this when she turned 1 and started walking.
Or when you have one on a montior and people stop to stare and some say " is that lil baby on oxygen? or Whats that stickin out of your carseat?, my favorite-are you recharging its batteries?(NK I heard this more than once)"
post #58 of 100
When the security guards remember who you are a year after you finally get to leave the hospital. A guard had to buz us in everytime we entered the birthplace and yes, when we came to visit on Lilly's birthday, he remembered us. I think it is because my dh would come and visit about 5 times a day (he has his own business, so he couldn't stay for a long amount of time), so they were constantly having to buz him in.
post #59 of 100
Speaking of smells, the one that always gets me nervous is not the soap, it is the smell of chlorine. There is a waterfall on the hall leading to the NICU and it always smelled like chlorine and that smell still bothers me. Here's a pic: http://www.caromontbirthplace.org/the-birthplace.htm. The man walking down the hall is actually Lilly's neo, Dr. Coppage.
post #60 of 100
Okay, new pet peeve...the NEXT person who tells me how LUCKY I am that Adara can't move around yet is going to be VERY lucky I don't knock them senseless... :

INCLUDING (maybe especially!) THE PEDIATRICIAN!

Yes, you see I STRIVE for my 9 month old to be unable to roll over! Who wants a normally developing child? Not me...I LIKE seeing PTs and OTs weekly...it is the highlight of my week

I shouldn't whine about it, I'm sorry... ::gathers up the pieces to her head:: and
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