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#1 of 41 Old 08-04-2006, 02:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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On Tuesday, August 1st, after 19 hours of labor, my Henry Oliver Brown was born at 36 weeks. Yes, that was supposed to be the day of the wedding! I always thought mothers were just gushing when they said this, but he really is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
He is having a little trouble with under-developed lungs (his respirations per minute are a little high), so he is currently still being cared for in the special nursery at the hospital. I was just released tonight, and it was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do to go home without him. I am pumping though and trying to keep my milk up and get ready to bring him home, hopefully soon.
I've only gotten to hold him once, but I can go in and talk to him and touch him whenever I want. It's hard but hopefully with enough prayers and love vibes from mama and daddy he will be all better and ready to come home soon.
I hope everyone is enjoying the rest of thier pregnancies and new babies. If anyone has any advice on premies and lung developement, I'd be so greatful for it.
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Congratulations! I'm almost glad I had heartburn and had to get out of bed now because I got to read your post! Sorry your little guy is having difficulty. I wish I had any information for you - just good vibes for fast healing and hopefully a quick stay at the hospital, so he'll be home in your arms soon! Good luck.
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I just sent you a PM--I am glad that you have at least gotten to hold him once!! I am so sorry that you had to leave him in the nursery, but I am sending tons of positive thoughts your way for a quick homecoming!!

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Oh, congratulations! And may his lungs adapt as quickly as they can so he can go home and drink his milky in a nice comfy bed with his mama!

Yes, I always thought it was a little excessive when moms say their babies are the "most beautiful thing ever" but they sure are, huh?
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Congrats mama,hopefully little Henry will be home in your arms very soo.

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Congrats!! I hope is ready to come home soon!

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Oh my goodness!!!! Congratulations! What a silly guy to arrive on your wedding day . I can't wait to hear that story!
I hope he improves quickly and is home with you soon.

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congratulations! I hope he's home in your arms soon!
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Congratulations! I hope he gets to come home soon!

Mom to DD#1 8/04, nursed 43 months, DD#2 8/06, nursed 21 months and DD#3 9/08, still nursing strong
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congrats Natalee!!! We can't wait to hear the birth story and see pics of your little man!!!

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Oh my gosh, I could hardly believe it when I saw the title & author on this thread (I remembered that you were a "late-August" gal). I'm sorry that things didn't go to plan & you guys are having a tough time, but thrilled that you are so smitten w/ your little guy

Yes, I'd love to hear your birth story too... are you still in NY? Anyway, I'll be thinking lots about you.

Here's the NICU & Preemie parenting thread- I'm sure they'd be a great resource http://www.mothering.com/discussions...play.php?f=371
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Best wished to you and little guy!
Wishing him a fast recovery so you can hold him in your arms nonstop!
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Welcome to the world, Henry Oliver!

I'm sorry to hear that he's having a little trouble, but I hope he's able to go home with you soon.

Do you know about kangaroo care? It's holding premies in skin-to-skin contact. It's been shown to markedly improve babies' vitals because they are more relaxed, happier, less stressed when snuggled on mom or dad's chest. There was a recent article in Mothering about it (a few months ago). I'd ask your docs or nurses about it. Maybe it'll help little Henry come home sooner.

Here's a link to one source that looks good about kangaroo care: http://www.prematurity.org/baby/kangaroo.html

Good luck and Congrats on your beautiful little boy!!!

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Congratulations, and best thoughts towards your little one and his hastened homecoming!
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Hi ladies! I don't have a lot of time ( I am the NICU's most frequent visitor ) but I thought I'd drop in with a quick update and some pics.
The ventillator is off Henry and they are just giving him a small amount of oxygen now. They say that tonight or tomorrow morning, they might let him eat! They won't let me nurse yet but I am pumping like crazy and his shelf in the breastmilk fridge has by far the most bottles . I am still hoping and praying- every good cue they give me or sign of improvement seems like a miracle to me. Thank you so much for all the warm wishes!

Here is Henry on his first day of life:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nm0829...e2.jpg&.src=ph
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nm0829...e2.jpg&.src=ph
Visits from mama and daddy:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nm0829...e2.jpg&.src=ph
Ecstatic but extremely tired (especially me- whoo!- you guys weren't kidding) after the birth of our little guy:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nm0829...e2.jpg&.src=ph
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He is beautiful, thanks for sharing pics! I am so happy to hear that he is doing so well!

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you weren't kidding. He is a really beautiful baby! Congratulations!!!! I hope he is home with you really really soon!

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Oh he is beautiful, thanks for sharing pics! I love the last one of you and your DH (or is he still your DF ).

Congrats, and hope he comes home very soon!

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Sending lots of thoughts and prayers your way that wee Henry will develop quick so he cancome home.

Such beautiful pictures of your DF - I'm so glad that he could be there with you.
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Thanks for the update & the pics. Gorgeous guy! How much did he weigh at birth (I can't get a sense from the photos how little he is)?

Congrats on all the breastmilk you're providing him! That's WONDERFUL for him while he's in the NICU & you'll have such a great supply when he's ready to nurse

Hope you're hanging in there w/ the rollercoaster that is the NICU...

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Hi ladies! I don't have a lot of time ( I am the NICU's most frequent visitor ) but I thought I'd drop in with a quick update and some pics.
The ventillator is off Henry and they are just giving him a small amount of oxygen now. They say that tonight or tomorrow morning, they might let him eat! They won't let me nurse yet but I am pumping like crazy and his shelf in the breastmilk fridge has by far the most bottles . I am still hoping and praying- every good cue they give me or sign of improvement seems like a miracle to me. Thank you so much for all the warm wishes!
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Yay Momma - you are doing such a great job! You deserve hugs and kuddos for being with him, pumping for him and generally loving him constantly - the NICU can be really hard for families so be sure you have support even when he comes home, sometimes you can hold it together and then feel stressed from it all once they are home.

He is beautiful and looks chunky to me, I couldn't tell what he weighed, but my guess is 7lb+?

Take care and thanks for adding pictures!
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Beautiful family!! Congratulations!
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HE IS SOOOO ADORABLE!!! I'm so glad to hear that you all are doing so well!! Keep us updated and try and get a little rest when you can! You're doing a great job ~ keep up the good work:

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great pix! Henry is adorable

good luck with him eating ASAP, glad the pumping is going so well

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Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!! I know he'll be home with you soon.
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What a beautiful baby! Congratulations...I LOVE the name Henry!
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You guys are just a lovely, lovely family. And little Henry is a sweet-looking little creature! I'm glad he's doing well, and it's so awesome that you're doing all this pumping for when he's ready.

Be good to yourself!
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He's gorgeous! I can't believe he's only 6+ pounds!

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Congratulations! He truly is beautiful and you and your DH look soooo happy!
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Hang in there! He'll get better quick. My ds was on the oxygen at first too. Also born at 36 weeks. He was 6lbs 2 oz. How much was Henry? He looks really good with his coloring- not blue or looking like he's sick.

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