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Congrats on your twins! My preemie (born at 31 weeks 6 days) is called Leah too! Great name choice.
Leah stayed for 23 days. She was basically a 'feeder and grower'. She did have apneas and bradys which she was put on caffeine for. She was a 'rule out sepsis' baby due to my fever so she did have antibiotics. She had nasogastric tube for the first two weeks and then went on to bottle and breast.
Other than that she didn't have any major problems. She weighed 4 pounds on the nose when she was born, her Apgars were 9 and 9 and the only oxygen she needed was just a tiny bit through an oxyhood at birth and very rarely during one of her A's and B's.
Two weeks after she was discharged she ended up back in the hospital due to having a horrible apneic episode. Although they thought that possibly she hadn't fully outgrown her apnea of prematurity they figured out that she was an extreme periodic breather and she ended up back on caffeine with a referrel to a pulmonologist. She had regular overnight oximetries but after coming off of the caffeine again she did very well and hasn't had any breathing issues since.
She was behind in her gross motor skills and did receive physiotherapy for that, and she wore glasses for a short period of time and also had her strabismus repaired at 2.5 years old. She's been fine ever since.
Wendy - aspiring Waldorf handwork teacher, computer geek's wife ,
mom to former 2lb preemie (now 9) & 3x