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#1 of 57 Old 02-20-2006, 08:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
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my little guy was born saturday, february 18, just after noon at 26 weeks gestation. labor was uncomplicated and not intense until the last 1.5-2 hrs. when i was almost complete my water bag was broken and he was born shortly thereafter. he is doing as well as can be expected for being born so early, but it is still really scary and a day-by-day kind of thing. this is not at all how i envisioned this would go, but i'm trying to just take it one moment at a time and i guess i'm handling it okay. but i'm still in shock. physically, though, i'm feeling really good and was up and around saturday evening.

finn was transported from the hospital he was born at, which has a level II NICU to one about 45 minutes away with a level III NICU. i'm glad he's at a better facility, but it also means we can't be close to him at home, so at least for this week we're staying in a hotel nearby (with wi-fi, yea).

i know a few of you here have had preemies, so any words of wisdom, advice, etc, is would be much appreciated. i hope none of you get to see your babes for at least two more months, or longer if you're due at the end of may.

i hope this is coherent!

oh, and he weighed in at 1 lb 14.5 oz and 13 inches long on his birthday.
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Congrats on your little guy...glad you're all doing okay...sending lots of positive energy and healthy vibes! Please keep us posted when you can.

I don't have any preemie advice, I'm sure others here might have some advice for you though...


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Our first May baby! CONGRATS happypants and welcome to our world Finn.



Wishing you all the best, that Finley continues to grow and praying that he thrives and does wonderfully well. Keep us posted when you can. Check into Ronald McDonald house, so maybe you can be closer to ds at the level III nursery without the added expense of hotel costs.
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Welcome baby Finley! What a great name! No preemie advice but wishing your family and Fin a happy and healthy recovery.
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I love his name! And I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
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Congrats on the new baby! Welcome to the world Finn! I don't have much advice since my "preemie" was born at 35 weeks which is totally different than 25. My only advice is to pump as much as you can to get that milk supply up and hang in there.

We all all thinking of you.

Take care!
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Oh wow. I figured you had posted the birth announcement to the wrong sub forum! (May instead of March, etc.) which will tell you how clueless I am about this subject so no advice here.
Congratulations and Best Wishes.
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Congratulations! I'm glad your birth went as well as it could given the circumstances. I really like the name Finley, too! Wishing your little man a speedy recovery.
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aw HappyPants, congratulations on your little one's arrival,though early! Sending lots of positive healthy vibes his way... May he get stronger by the hour!

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Congrats, mama!

I can't believe our first "May" baby has already been born... time flies, eh ladies? Here's to a LONG, HEALTHY, HAPPY life for your precious Finn!
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Congratulations!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and especially little Finn, Happypants. May he grow strong quickly and be able to come home to you as soon as possible!
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Congrats Mama.... s s & Prayers...
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just like pp's, I wish you, Finn and your family the best of luck and I am sending healthy happy thoughts your way. Keep us up to date on how you all are doing! and CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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Welcome to the world Finlay!
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Wow that must be a lot to absorb. I'll be keeping your family in my thoughts.

There is lots of information on the benefits of "kangaroo care" for premature babies. For example, Dr Sears writes:
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A premature baby, especially one with medical problems needing weeks or months of intensive care, is deprived of those final weeks or months in the womb. Instead, baby must grow in an outside womb. The problem is that outside wombs are static. They don't move. Research has shown that a premature baby whose "womb" moves gains weight faster and has fewer stop-breathing (apnea) episodes. Specialists in newborn care have fabricated a variety of moving wombs, such as oscillating waterbeds.

A group of newborn-care specialists in South America made an ingenious discovery. Some hospitals could not afford incubators and all the technology needed to care for prematures. They were forced to use the mother. These preemies were wrapped around their mothers in a sling like wrap, a custom called "packing." To everyone's amazement, the babies thrived as well as, or even better than, the technologically cared-for babies.

The researchers concluded that the close proximity to mother helped the babies thrive. Being close to mother entices baby to feed more frequently. Mother's warmth kept the baby warm; mother's movement calmed the baby, enabling the baby to divert energy from crying to growing. Mother's breathing movements stimulated baby's breathing, so that these babies had fewer stop-breathing episodes. Mother acted as sort of a respiratory pacemaker for baby's breathing.

As soon as a premature baby no longer needs oxygen and intravenous therapy and enters the growing phase, we encourage mothers to wear their babies as much as possible, a practice called "kangaroo care" .
Here's another article on how kangaroo care is practiced in one NICU:
Kangaroo Care: The Human Incubator For The Premature Infant

Hang in there mama!

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Congratulations, Happypants! But also, know you, your son, and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself as much as you can, so you can stay strong to take care of your little little one. Blessings.

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Oh, wow! Congratulations on your new son and I wish you and your family rest, strength and many days of joy together.

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Wow! What a surprise! Welcome to the world, Finley! I can't believe our first May baby is here- please keep us all updated on Finley's progress- you and your family will be in my thoughts!
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Awwww
Absolutely amazing, Happypants.
Congratulations
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Happy Birthday Finley!!!
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Congratulations, Mama! Keep us updated on how your little babe is doing!!
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Congratulations on the birth of Finley Happypants. I am thinking of you & your family and wishing you all the best. Another blessing for your sweet baby to grow stronger and healthier each day.

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Congratulations! I love the name Finley.

Wishing you and your family the best...please keep us posted on how you and the little one are doing.
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Congratulations, but how frightening! I am wishing you the best.
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Congratulations and welcome to the world Finley. My best to to both of you!
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Congratulations on the birth of Finley . I pray he continues to do well .

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Best to your whole family!

When you have a moment,look up the kangaroo care resources, I'm sure they will be helpful.

Hugs and prayers!
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What a shock that must have been! I hope he will continue to do well and have a full & speedy recovery. You, too! I love the name...Finn is so cute, I can imagine a little boy named Finn being playful and adventurous. Have fun with him. Keep us updated and I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

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Oh, congrats mama!!!!!!!!! I will pray for Fin, and for the both of you. Many, many hugs to you guys, keep us updated. And again, CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Congratulations mama! When do we get the pictures!?!

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Wow! More congratulations coming your way happypants! And HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY FINLEY FRAZIER!!!: (Love the name over here too! ) You guys will all be in my thoughts and prayers also. Be well and keep us up to date when you can. Oh my. Just wow, wow, wow, our 1st May babe! :

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Congratulations on the birth of your son! Sending lots of good growth vibes his way. Keep us updated!
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