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#1 of 51 Old 09-26-2010, 10:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Thank you to my friend Rabbit for letting you guys know he is here.

I have SO much to update. It's been one crazy journey and still going.

Riley Joseph was born at 6: 27 am on Sept. 22 at 33+3 weeks. I did have to have a c/s, and that's a whole long story in itself, and I will elaborate and flesh out this message once I get a chance.

Riley is a fighter! He was taken off the ventilator on Friday and is on CPAP now and they are working on weaning him off of that. They also started feeding him breastmilk through his feeding tube Friday night and he has been tolerating that really well too and they try to up the intake in small amounts.

He does have a little bit of jaundice but they think that will clear up fast once he is able to eat more breastmilk and such.

I'm a pumping queen. lol They discharged me from the hospital yesterday as they can only keep you 3 days after a c/s. My legs are more swollen now than they were before though! My BP has mostly been stable.

Off to the NICU soon. I should be able to update more at night for a little bit now. I'm staying in a special house they have for parents that have been discharged and babe is still in NICU, right across the street. I get to stay here 5 days then they make you take a break for your sanity, but I can sign back up to stay again after that. My Mom and Dad are taking care of DD and being amazingly supportive of me and keeping me close to DS and doing everything they can to help.

I have a million and one people to thank after this and no idea how I will ever have all the words to tell them what their support has meant to me.

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What a wonderful update!! Welcome Riley Joseph ~ such a great name!!

I'm so happy for you, Phoenix~Mama!

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Congratulations! I hope things continue to get better and better for you both!

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So good to hear from you, mama!! Congrats on your sweet Riley Joseph! That's so awesome that he's doing so well!!

I hope he keeps on surpassing everyone's expectations of a premie and is home with you before much longer. Take care of yourself and do keep us updated, ok?

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What a wonderful update! I'm glad he is doing so well, and hopefully his stay in the NICU will be short so that you can have him home with you soon.

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Welcome Riley!! Congrats, so happy to hear that he is doing so well and that you have so much help and support right now, that is awesome!!!

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Welcome Baby and Congrats! Hope you have a quick nicu stay.
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Welcome, Riley! So good to hear from you, Phoenix~Mama!

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Congratulations!!! I love the name Riley, btw.

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Congrats!!! I am so glad that little Riley is doing so good. It is just amazing!

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Congratulations! Glad you have so much support and help!

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So glad you were able to send us an update! Go, Riley, keep fighting!
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welcome earth-side Riley!
so glad to hear things are going well mama. i hope that swelling goes down for you soon.. that's a bit worrisome.

 

 

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Yay! Welcome Riley Joseph! I'm so happy to hear from you, congrats on your little boy.

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It's so nice to hear that Riley is doing well!! That's great that you can stay so close to the hospital and I hope you can all be home together soon.

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Love the name! It sounds like he is doing really well. I hope your bp and swelling goes down very soon.

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Congratulations! So happy to hear that he is doing well and that you are getting so much support. That is great.

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Congratulations on your little bundle
Sending grow-baby-grow vibes and hopefully your NICU stay will be quick.

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Im breathing a big huge sigh of relief today.

SOOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

happy belated Birthday Riley!!!!!
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Congratulations mama and welcome Riley!

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Congratulations!!!! Welcome baby Riley !!!!

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Woohoooo! welcome earthside Riley!!! !

Take care of yourself too PM and I hope your swelling & BP go down soon

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Welcome Riley! So glad he's off the ventilator---that seems like it's a huge step for a 33 weeker! Hope your recovery is going well and we can't wait for more updates.

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Congrats mamma and welcome to the world baby Riley!

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They took him off CPAP tonight!!!

He is now on just the canala nose tube... but this means we can start trying to nurse!!!!!

I really did not expect this to happen this soon and I am over the moon right now!!

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Hooray!! So very glad for the good news and good progress!!

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They took him off CPAP tonight!!!

He is now on just the canala nose tube... but this means we can start trying to nurse!!!!!

I really did not expect this to happen this soon and I am over the moon right now!!
Excellent!
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Awesome! I hope he figures out how to latch on soon!

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They took him off CPAP tonight!!!

He is now on just the canala nose tube... but this means we can start trying to nurse!!!!!

I really did not expect this to happen this soon and I am over the moon right now!!
That's excellent news!! I can't wait to hear how nursing is going! Best wishes Phoenix~Mama!

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He can latch!! Tried BFing twice today and he got some really good sucks in and I am pretty sure he even got some milk out!

The LC said that is really awesome for his first time and is very promising. So now we just need to get him to figure out to continuiously suck and take a full feed!

So excited!

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