Hi--I know there was a previous post for introductions but I wanted to write separately and tell you how much of an inspiration your stories are to me. I've spent the last 5 mos comparing my son to the only samples I've got...full term babies born around the same time... thinking I'm failing as a mom and that something is wrong with DS. I've cried as recently as this morning.
DS was born at exactly 34 weeks 1 day. A routine drs appointment at 33 wks 6 days where I mentioned passively some discharge turned into a failed fern test (signaling leaking fluid) and ticket to the hospital for antibiotics and induction. I begged them to put me on bed rest but they wouldn't and compromised by giving me sterroids to develop DS's lungs across two days. We were SOOOO lucky. He was 5lbs 12 oz (up from 4.5 at 32 weeks), breathing on his own and sucking just fine. The worst of it was a nasty case of jaundice and one day of a feeding tube when he tuckered himself out which he yanked out himself 20 hours later.
The road since then has been okay--steady weight gain, vertical line up the growth charts. He was developmentally on track until this month. He's not close to rolling over at 5 months, doesn't grab his feet, screams if you put him on his belly and won't sleep through the night. (Seriously, if I here ONE MORE person tells me their son/daughter slept through the night at 8/9/10 weeks I'm going to lose it.) But he's babbling, smiling, grabbing objects, sort of laughing, sucking on his hand, very alert, sees long distances, etc.
Reading this board I realize I've got to put it in perspective--knowing that YOUR children are developing and thriving at their own pace is really reassuring.
I really hope this board gets some traction---I would really appreciate the outlet.
Thanks for reading and sorry so long.....oh...if you've figured out how to get a preemie to sleep through the night let me know:)View Thread
Thanks for the advice/commiseration. In the last two weeks he's starting to roll when on his back partially to his side to grab something or follow something. I think he's going to go back to belly first--sometime. eventually. He's also starting to look at his feet particularly if there is character on the feet of his pjs. It's sort of funny--you hold him at standing and he bends over immediately. Also as of 2 weeks ago he is officially holding his own bottle. So apparently if food is involved he's motivated anything else, nahhhh!!! LOL.View Thread
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