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Whimsy Twist 08-27-2010 09:48 PM

Introduce your Preemie(s)!
Hey All!

Thought it would be nice to have a spot to say hello and give a small introduction. There is such a wide spectrum of prematurity, and this could be a great spot to connect within!

So... Hi, I'm Cori! My kids are listed in my siggy, but my first was born at 39 weeks (8lb 12oz), my 2nd and 3rd (twins) were born at 28 weeks (2lb10oz and 2lb12oz), and my 4th was just recently born at 41.5 weeks (9lb4oz).

My preemies were born due to preterm labor and malpositioning. I have a history of prodromal labor, and it had started pretty early with my twins. I had to go to the hospital at 23 weeks for it, and then had another 5 great weeks of gestating (without bedrest because my cervix was still high, firm and closed), had my 28w u/s, saw a funneling cervix, got my 1st betamethasone, woke up the next day in labor!!! I got my 2nd beta shot just about 8 hours before they were sectioned. They attempted to stop/stall labor, but with a pre-exisiting heart condition, terb. wasn't an option, and baby A stuck his foot down into my cervix (at 5cm, bags intact) and they did a STAT section to avoid him rupturing the bag and prolapsing before we could even talk about mag. sulfate.

My twins spend 54 and 61 days at Children's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. I would love to write more about their NICU stay- but I have to go tend to the newest babe right now! I'll edit soon!

**Trying to edit, not sure how long I will have to write, so it may be incomplete!

Ok, Carter was my Baby A. He was footling breech, made just a peep at birth and quit breathing all together. He was ventilated in the OR and rushed away. He was extubated the next day and we were able to hold him on day 3. He stuggled with sodium issues and had several false positives on his NB screen (adrenal stuff). He had a PDA that took 2 rounds of Ibuprophen to close. Besides these few things, he really only battle 'preemie' related things-no serious complications, no ROP.

Chloe was born with more gusto than Carter- she was placed on CPAP and did well for 1.5 days. She started have a LOT of troubles and during a surfactant application, her lung was punctured and collapsed. They drew air quite a few times and ended up with a chest tube, being put on a Jet Vent (breathing upwards of 120 breaths per minute- her chest just vibrated). She was on that vent, and then the regular vent for almost 2 weeks. She was on pain meds and didn't even open her eyes for 3+ weeks. She really struggled with RDS/Breathing/Feeding/Aspirating/Refluxing...

I breastfed/pumped and supplemented with donated milk for 7 months- and once we realized that their failure to thrive was a combo of milk and soy protein interolerances, we switched them to Neocate. Thank God for insurance! At 7 months old, they weighed 7 and 8lbs each, Chloe didn't vocalize at all, was hypertonic and cried for 18 hours a day. Carter was hypotonic, severely delayed- and both looked like skeletons! Within 2 days of being on formula, Chloe started babbling a little, the reflux was getting better and we saw a few improvements in Carter as well. Solids were a terrible battle. They have been seen by MANY GI doctors and specialists, and we were just one visit away from needing to fly out of state to another specialist. Neither one would tolerate ANY food proteins. They thought that both had Eosinophilic Esophogitis (an allergic disease). We've gone through scopes, biopsies, stool samples, RAST, blood work... every test in the book, and everything came back clean (because we were already on the elemental formula), and so as a last effort, we dove head first into solids, dairy, soy... all of it, you name it- were told to try and look past many of the symptoms, and that we would repeat EVERY test we had already done to see what was going on- and guess what... they are tolerating EVERYTHING!!!

Developmentally- they are behind for both actual and corrected age. We see the NICU follow up clinic quite frequently to repeat standarized tests and gauge their therapies (which are almost none right now!!!). We have had bi weekly home nurse visits to our insurances max, OT, PT, spec. Ed. through the school district, feeding clinics... and now we are only down to spec. ed. and feeding clinic for them! They didn't roll until 7ish months, sit until 13-14ish months, crawled at 14ish, and now at 17ish- we are just starting to see some signs of walking in the near future (actually, Chloe took a few calculated steps today!!!). Right now, they weigh upwards of 23-24lbs. Carter is pretty tall and Chloe is VERY short. They look nothing alike now that they are chubby and full of rolls!

I'll try and post some pictures soon too!

Luvingmy4boys 08-27-2010 10:18 PM

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Hi, my name is Eledys and I'm a SAHM to 4 boys. I had a little boy, Eli, last March born at 34 weeks. He weighed 4lbs and 11 oz and was 17" long. He is about 20lbs now. I call him my little peanut though as he is small for his age.

He was born screaming but just moments after started grunting and turning pale so they took him to the warmer and gave him oxygen and he got pink again but every time they gave him back to me and took him away from the warmer and oxygen he'd start the grunting and had heavier breathing so they transported him into the NICU. He didn't need a ventilator and was breathing on his own but couldn't maintain his body temp and his breathing needed to be assisted with oxygen. He ended up staying a week in the NICU. The last 2 days were just because he needed the bili lights due to jaundice. This was my first time dealing with a baby born early.

I had a wonderful midwife for this pregnancy and if it wasn't for the extra individual attention they give and the high risk OB doctor my LO may not have been here today. I have a heart condition and was on medication while pregnant so they were doing monthly ultrasounds and extra fetal stress tests to ensure that he was growing appropriately. It was during the U/S that they noticed my fluid levels going low so they put on me on bedrest and nothing was working and getting worse so she sent me to the high risk Dr for a second opinion and he himself did the scan and said the baby had to come out asap before something happened. They explained that the placenta was not providing the baby with enough oxygen and that its function could stop at any moment so they admitted me the same day and induced the labor.

Here is a pic of my little Eli at his first birthday with his 4 yr old brother, Jace:

And the most recent with his new haircut:

Brothers Jace (4) and Jake (2.5):

Wanderlust 08-28-2010 12:32 AM

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Hi! My preemies are my twin boys, Samuel and David. I gave birth to them at 35w2d, a day after my birthday! I'm pretty sure they just ran out of room- Samuel (baby A) water broke and his head was in my birth canal pretty much since the 3rd trimester started.

Samuel was 4 lbs 6 ounces and came flying out after 4 pushes.

David inherited his dad's broad shoulders and he got stuck- so he was born by emergency C-section.

I'm excited- our NICU is hosting a NICU gathering. I'm looking forward to seeing the boys' bunk mates and seeing their wondeful nurses.

shortcake2386 08-28-2010 01:06 AM

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my first preemie was born at 35 weeks, 5 days. she was 5lbs 13 oz. spent 6 hours in the transition nursery bc she was not maintaining her body temp. Then stayed 4 extra days in the hospital(6 total) for juandice. PTL, shortened cervix/funneling at 26 weeks. bedrest.
second dd was born at 39 weeks. 5lbs 14 oz (suspected IUGR). no issues other than juandice and we got to take a light bed home to treat that. PTL, shortened cervix/funneling starting at 24 weeks. bedrest. positive fFn at 31 weeks.(obviously not accurate).
second "preemie" was born at 36 weeks 2 days(some drs consider him a preemie, some dont). 4lbs 8 oz. (IUGR) PTL, weekly progesterone shots, shortened cervix/funneling starting at 20 weeks. absolutely ZERO issues besides being small♥ he is 3 months and 7lbs 13 oz but happy and growing.

Chrijodo 08-28-2010 04:12 AM

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My name is Cheli and my preemies are my 12 day old twin daughters. They arrived at exactly 34 weeks after baby A's water broke and were delivered by c-section.

Kaeda was 3 lbs 13 oz and 15.5 inches long

Ember was 5 lbs 4 oz and 17.75 inches long

They are still in the NICU currently so this area couldn't have been posted at a better time for me.

Luvingmy4boys 08-28-2010 07:18 AM

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Cheli, your babies are precious! Congrats on your little girls!

Chrijodo 08-28-2010 07:32 AM

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Thank you very much :)

mommabritt 08-28-2010 02:57 PM

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Wow all these itty bittys! :wub:

My 32 weeker was born February 6, 2003 because I had preeclampsia, and was getting worse every day. I went into preterm labor at 28 weeks and again at 30 weeks and at that point I was admitted to the hospital. I was put on magnesium and trebutaline for contractions and extremely high BP. Nothing worked for me. He was born by C/S at my request after I was given the choice to be induced and possibly have 2 days of labor (my cervix was closed completely) or the c/s and have it done. Two days before he was delivered, I had an ultrasound done and the tech said he looked to be about 4 pounds. He was 6lbs even at birth and 18" long. He spent 10 days in the NICU because the meds I was on made him lazy, and he wasnt working to breathe. As soon as they wore off, he was released. His lungs were completely mature (I requested an amnio when we decided to do the C/S to make sure) and we were thouroughly blessed.

Here is my preemie today. He is 7.6 years old and a healthy and very active child. :wub:

ETA: My next two children were born as scheduled repeat c/s at 39 weeks each and they were 7.8 pounds and 8.7 pounds, respectively, with no major pregnancy complications other than caution. :wink:

Chrijodo 08-28-2010 03:00 PM

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WOW 6 lb 32 weeker??? He was A BIG BOY!!!

shortcake2386 08-28-2010 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Chrijodo (Post 11091085)
WOW 6 lb 32 weeker??? He was A BIG BOY!!!

:yeahthat: my 36 weeker was 4.5lbs

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