ayelillee (ayelillee) wrote in preemieparents,
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Hello

I just wanted to say hello and share a little bit about myself and my son.

I am 38 years old and a first time mother.  My son, Jose, was born on July 19, 2006 @ 27weeks (and change as the doctors said since we missed 28 weeks by a few days).  He was 2lbs 9oz.

We had a difficult pregnancy.  I was a gestational diabetic and was place on medication and a strict diet.  I actually lost weight throughout my pregnancy.  My doctor kept increasing my required calorie intake, but my foods were so limited it was difficult to do.  It was also known that I had at least one rather large fibroid that was growing right along with my son.  Also a few months in at least 3 smaller fibroids were discovered.

Everyone kept assuring me that my son was doing just fine and all the tests were showing wonderful results.  Then unexpectedly I started having stomach pains. Since I had never been pregnant I basically felt constipated and tried to deal with the pain for at least 1/2 a day before it was doubling me over.  We rushed to the hospital where I was immediately admitted and pumped full of drugs.  I was then  transferred by ambulance to another hospital that had a more equipped nursery for pre-mature births.  I was given steroids to help develop my son's lungs along with muscle relaxers so strong they blurred my vision.  Amazing how far "out there" I was for a week.  Eventually the drugs stopped working and the contractions came back and were uncontrollable that is when the doctors told us we would be having a baby that night or early next morning.  And so it was my son was born the next morning.

We went through it all.  He was bruised from my pushing, tiny and jaundice.   He was a week old before I got to hold him.  I could cuddle his whole little body in one hand (not including his legs and arms) I'll never forget the overwhelming emotion of laying him on my chest and being able to feel his warmth.  It still makes me tear up to think about it.

Well, in an attempt to make a long story a bit shorter.  We survived the NICU and Jose came home to us on Sept. 13.  His development is right where it should be for his "corrected" age.  Sometimes I get discouraged because other babies his age (10 months) are ahead, but I have to remind myself that he wasn't due until October so his first few months he was just growing as if he was still in my belly.  

He is now 27 1/2 inches long and weighs over 17lbs.  Everyday I learn something new about him and his personality.  All I can say to all preemie parents is always have hope.  Technology today is amazing.  20 - 30 years ago most babies like ours would not have made it.  We truly are blessed.

I am glad to be part of this community and look forward to reading/sharing more as time goes on.

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