Thanks! As far as physical goals, I think she's good now. She had developmental therapy from age 1 until 2. They graduated her from therapy over the summer. Yay!
I have introduced potty training, but we have no successful attempts so far. I'm not sure she understands how to let go. LOL So, I guess we've started, but not hard core.
She definitely has some terrible twos behavior. She had screaming tantrums a few months ago that would last 10 minutes. It was awful. Anything could set her off, especially the word, "no." lol I finally put her in another room, away from the rest of us and the tantrum lasted only 2 minutes! Now, we haven't had a tantrum in quite a while! Yay!View Thread
1. How many weeks gestation was your LO? She was 31 weeks
2. Birth weight/length? She was 2 lbs. 7.8 oz and 13 3/4 in. long
3. How long were you in the NICU, if at all? 35 days
4. Why was he/she born early? I had severe preeclampsia. They tried to wait until I at least got the steroid shots for her lungs, but her heart kept decelerating, so they took her by emergency c-section.
5. How big is your LO now? She is 2.5 years old. She is around 34 inches and 28lbs. fully dressed.
6. Newest accomplishment? She finally learned to jump. She could never get two feet off the ground when she tried to jump and now she has it down. View Thread
I agree with J9. I think it depends on the reason for premature birth. I know a few people who had preemies and then had a nice, healthy full term baby. It never hurts to get a second opinion if you don't quite trust what your doctor has told you.View Thread
My daughter was born at 31 weeks. They sent her home on an apnea monitor. Is that what you're talking about? We had to go through a training session on how to use the monitor and things like that. I was kind of glad that they sent her home on the monitor because then I could sleep, knowing that if she had a problem, the monitor would go off and wake me up. It wasn't a big deal. It was just a matter of making sure the leads were on correctly and the battery was charged. I hope this answered your question! Congratulations on your twins!View Thread
My daughter was born at 31 weeks, so the information I have may be a little bit stricter than what you have to follow. My doctors in the NICU said that I should plan to stay home for at least a month after I brought her home. I would think that a niece's birthday party would be okay. I'm not sure if I would take her out apartment hunting if it is still cold in your area. Whenever I went out in public with my daughter, I carried her or put her in a carrier that was strapped to me, like a baby bjorn. That keeps people from walking up and touching your baby and keeps the germs away. I would not bring my daughter anywhere that people have been smoking inside. Whether or not they smoke while you are there doesn't matter. If they smoke inside, then the smoke is still in the air for her to breathe. Anyway, that's my opinion on all your questions. You could call your doctor's office and ask what they think if you are worried. Congrats on your little girl!View Thread
Hi! My daughter was also born at 31 weeks. She is 2 now. She didn't get her first teeth until she was 14 months gestational age. She finally has 16 teeth now at 28 months. Still no two year molars. Babies teethe at different times normally. Preemies just do everything on their own schedule! I learned that my daughter was just going to do things at her own pace. I never knew when she was going to meet any of her milestones. LOL I would say that you don't need to worry about it yet. Good luck and I hope that when she does get teeth, that the teething process goes well for you both!View Thread
HI! Yes, this board has been slow lately. I forget to check it because often there is no new postings. I, too, really hope that more people will post again.
I totally understand the sleeping throught the night issue. My daughter finally started sleeping through the night at 23 months old. Yep, almost 2 years of waking up every single night and not just once per night. People told me that she should be sleeping through the night and all that, but she was always on the small side, so I felt like when she woke up that she needed to be fed. She was a 31 weeker and was 2 lbs. 7.8 oz at birth. She only weighed 14 lbs when she turned a year old. Finally at two years old, she made the growth charts and weighed 23 lbs. So, I felt that she could benefit from eating overnight still. Anyhow, I totally know how you fell on the sleeping through the night issue. He will eventually sleep, but I don't have any tips. LOL
My DD was behind developmentally. It was very hard to deal with at first because all everyone was talking about was what she couldn't do. My pediatrician refers all preemies to early intervention. It is free to get them evaluated. After the evaluation, my DD received therapy for a year. She just graduated about a week ago. It has really been worth it to get her caught up. If you are worried about him meeting his milestones, you might want to consider that. The therapist here in Indina came to our house to do therapy, so we didn't need to drive anywhere to get it.
I really hope that you continue to post here! I will check back more regularly if there is more going on! Congrats on your little miracle DS!View Thread
I think her growth and development has been a big source of worry for me. She was born at 31 weeks, but had stopped growing at about 27 weeks. She was such a skinny little thing when she was born. She gained weight at about the slowest rate possible, I think! Finallly at her two year check up, she made it onto the growth charts. That was a very big deal to me! She also has had a year of developmental therapy because she was tested and found to be behind in fine motor skills and communication. Most of it was because she was just so small. Now, she is caught up and will be graduating from therapy. Yay! She is happy, healthy and beautiful. I am so proud of her and feel so lucky to have her in my life!View Thread
Hi! My little girl was born at 31 weeks. It took her a long time to really be interested in looking at anything. They are just using so much energy feeding and growing at this point. Also, preemies sometimes take a little longer because they get stressed out easier than full term babies. I remember when my daughter was a baby that she wouldn't even look us in the eye because it was too much stimulation for her. My daughter also saw the optometrist in the NICU and then at a year old to make sure that everything was fine with her eyes. It seems normal to me for a preemie. Good luck!View Thread
Hi! My baby girl was born at 31 weeks and she didn't start smiling socially until about 5 months old, so 3 months adjusted. You have to remember to adjust his age. Even though he is 12 weeks, if you adjust it, he's only 4 weeks. All babies are different, though. I thought I had the most serious baby on the planet for the first 5 months! LOL I know the waiting is hard, but it will be amazing the first time you see him smile. Don't worry, he will smile. I know telling a preemie mom not to worry is really hard. Just try to enjoy the little guy, and if you're like me, the first smile will bring tears to your ears. Good luck!View Thread
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