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Hi. I haven't been on this website in SO LONG and last time I was on it, I was still pregnant so I thought I might find some people I used to talk to on here. I was due on 8/27, my water broke on Friday 7/25 and I had Catherine 5 weeks early. Everything went fine with the delivery but when Catie came out she had a spontaneous pneumothorax and one of her little lungs collapsed, it was very scary. She had to have a ventilator put in on a low dose to help her breathe and she had a chest tube in. I couldn't even hold her till that Tuesday morning when the chest tube came out and was born the Friday before that. She did so well though and came home on Friday August 1st, a week after she was born. She is great now, you would never know anything like this happened. The Doctor's said once it clears up it's a non issue so she is fine. It was so scary though. The whole pregnancy I was worried about something going wrong with the birth or something happening to me, I never thought of anything going wrong with her. My poor little peanut. She is a very strong little girl! I will try to post a picture but I don't know if I know how to do it. The Doctor's think I might have had her early due to the stress from my Husband's 2 open heart surgeries during my pregnancy. His first one at 20 weeks went great but he then developed an infection and needed to have another one when I was 29 weeks. He spent a full month in the Hospital, that is a whole nother story but they think when my Husband's health finally improved and was doing better, my body relaxed and my water broke. It was a blessing though because 5 weeks early she was 6 pounds 12 oz. but they said bigger babies don't recover from a pnuemothorax as quickly so if she was bigger it could have been worse also I was the one who said I was happy to be having a girl but if I could choose I would have had a boy first and then a girl, well one of the biggest pluses about her condition was that her lungs were fully developed and alot of times little boy's lungs develop slower so Thank God she was a girl after all. Sorry for the long post but I just wanted to post in case anyone was wondering why I haven't posted in so long. My Baby girl (she is 11 weeks old already)and my Husband are both doing great. My life sounds like a Lifetime Movie but God is good! They are doing great now and I have a beautiful litlte girl now who when she smiles at me makes me forget all the bad stuff we went through this year because out of everything came the best thing that ever happened to us. I guess it's time for me to post on the new parents forum. I wish all of you who are pregnant good luck. I swear as much as I complained about being uncomfortable and tired from pregnancy, I missed it so much after I gave birth, she was so safe inside me. It truly is a miracle so cherish it. I hope me and my Husband are blessed enough to go through it again someday.
 

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Welcome back, I'm glad that despite all the troubles you've ended up with a healthy little family! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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