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<p>My little boy was born this morning at 30 weeks 6 days.  He weighs 3lb 6.5oz and is 16" long.  He is doing well right now in the NICU and we are in a wait and see mode to see how his labs come back and how he handles breathing.  Right now he is on a CPAP and not a vent so that is very good news for him.</p>
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<p>I had been having some bleeding (spotting) off and on over the past 2 weeks and it turns out my water had broken at some point in time.  I'm guessing it broke because of the huge coughing fits I was having.  I could tell I was leaking something, but I assumed it was my bladder since it usually happened when I coughed.  Anyway, yesterday the contractions changed from painless to crampy and when I went in to be monitored in the afternoon, I was 2cm dialated.   I also started having contractions about every 5 min on the monitor where they were previously 15 minutes or so (very irregular) apart.  Terbutualine did temporarily stop the contractions and the decision was made to have me transfer to a larger hospital with a level III NICU immediately based on my history of fast births.  I did end up with an epidural because I was on continuous monitoring due to the age of baby and also on an IV due to infection risks because of my water breaking so I didn't have any mobility.  The epi did temporarily slow down my labor, but I was able to push him out in 2 contractions (5 pushes total) and I did not get pitocin for his birth.  That is something at least.  I'd say my labor started at 3am and he was born 9:30 am.  I would guess that my labor would have been at least an hour shorter (if not more) if I hadn't gotten the epi and if I had been able labor in more favorable positions.  </p>
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<p>I've already started pumping and got a tiny bit of colostrum.  Hopefully next time I will get at least a few cc's.  I was also told there is a milk bank that we can choose to use until my milk comes in so we don't need to use formula.  He is currently being fed by IV because he has a CPAP, but hopefully over the next few days they will give him a tube so he can have milk.</p>
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<p>*sigh*  It is amazing how being in the NICU changes all of the plans.</p>
 

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<p>Congratulations LISA!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
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<p>I can tell fm the tone of your post that its all fairly going ok-ish cause having a baby in the NICU is really stressfull, what with being unable to bf right away,touch/snuggle...all that. Good to hear abt having already started the colostrum and hope you can pump enough/more while Micah's on the IV/tube.</p>
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<p>Have you considered Kangaroo care for him??</p>
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<p>Were you ready with back-up plans for where to leave ur kids while you were rushed into L&D?  Or was it all a last minute scramble??</p>
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<p>Hope you have Micah back home with you asap.</p>
 

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<p>Wow, what a surprise, huh?</p>
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<p>Congratulations on your new little boy, and I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, hoping you all get to go home together soon!</p>
 

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<p>Congratulations!  Keeping you and your little one in my thoughts and prayers.</p>
 

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<p>Congratulations on meeting your little boy <3  I pray that he has an amazingly short and uneventful stay in the nicu, that nursing catches on easily and you feel filled with peace during this time.</p>
 

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<p>Congratulations on your baby boy!  I hope his stay is short and you get to bring him home with you soon!</p>
 

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<p>Wow! Congratulations!  Wishing Micah strength, and a short NICU stay!</p>
 

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<p>What? Wow! </p>
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<p>Congrats on Micah's safe arrival! It's promising that you can access a milk bank until yours comes in. It sounds like he is doing pretty good so far! How are you doing?</p>
 

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<p>Congrats!!! Wishing you and Micah a short hospital stay!</p>
 

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<p>Congrats! I love the name! Wishing baby Micah a short hospital stay!</p>
 

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Congratulations on your baby boy! I hope he stays strong and you can bring him home soon.
 

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<p>Blessings and great good wishes to you and your little one.... You sound like you are handling these challenges with much grace, please keep us informed, we are with you in spirit!</p>
 

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<p><span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> Congratulations on the new addition. I am sure you wish he would have wait a bit more but it sounds like he is doing good. Keep us updated !</span></p>
 

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<p>Congratulations! Praying for a super-short hospital stay!</p>
 

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<p>OH MY!!! congrats Lisa and Micah, glad to hear that you are doing well considering the circumstances, wow!</p>
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<p>i guess you get some sort if booby prize for going first among us (pun works for this huh?)</p>
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<p>please take good care of yourself and keep us informed, hope he heads home very soon.</p>
 

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<p>Wow!!!!  Congratulations.  I wish you and your sweet baby and family the easiest of transitions, and the swiftest of healing!</p>
 
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