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2/27/92 — Our NICU Journey Day 103

February 27, 2011

Isaac — 1234 grams

Molly — 1562 grams

This is the way some of the nurses on the NICU remember Isaac — as not a happy camper. He was on a lot of drugs that had stimulant qualities, and he would frequently get agitated. We couldn't let him cry too long, because that burned too many calories. By big baby standards, their cries were barely audible, but in the quiet of the NICU, a crying baby was a sound not often heard. We eventually figured out that he liked being swaddled very tightly and put in the baby swing on fast. I never minded their cries at this stage because I was happy to hear their tiny voices at all.

Isaac

Pretty wimpy weight gain last night, Ike. Just eight grams. And you didn’t do all that great at the breast or at the bottle today. Maybe you are just all tuckered out. Rest up pal, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Molly

Good weight gain last night — 28 grams. Dr. Ferrell says you get to come home when you are 1800 grams — just 238 grams to go, probably less than two weeks. I’ve got too much to do before then. I better get busy. Keep up the good work.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Rayz permalink
    February 27, 2011 5:17 am

    In the first few weeks when the babies were in NICU, I constantly worked myself up thinking they should have been home with me not tied down to all those machines, in a lonely isollette. But with each visit my faith in the NICU staff strengthened as they were incredible and extremely efficient. After 22 days of getting into the routine of the hospital ritual to meet the little ones; the nurse shocked me with the news, “You can take Baby Girl Home today”, as she had reached the 1.8 kg mark. My apprehension were dimmed with the immense excitement of finally carrying my pink bundle of joy home. Who made me more confident with each passing day. But after about another month, God decided for my blue bundle of joy to finally come home. Which again was a surprise the second time round. As I bundled him up and held him close for the drive home, I didn’t realize what was yet to come. I missed the NICU staff’s constant support but with mom’s help and God’s blessing’s finally made through the first few months. I love the toddler years more, as they are more responsive and fun, and always learning and teaching us in turn to understand ourselves better. I am really loving your blog as I see a part of myself somewhere in here. I really pray to God to bless you for everything and guide you always. I know my comments, ended up sounding like a post, but I have a couple of question’s if you don’t mind. How long did it take for your kids to reach the milestones? When did you start them on solids? And when did the finally catch up to their peers in terms of weight gain? I hope I don’t sound intruding. I am asking as a reference for my kids. Thanks in advance.

    • February 27, 2011 10:12 am

      I love your comment and hearing your story. If you look at the second video on the Video Page, you will see when they reached many of their milestones. They had their first solid foods on August 18, which made them nine months old chronologically, 5 months old corrected. We were always juggling trying to get the most calories into with the least amount of effort on their parts. In terms of weight gain, Molly was in the tenth percentile by the time she started kindergarten. Isaac did not hit the growth charts until high school. That said, they were very healthy children.

  2. February 27, 2011 8:34 am

    I love to come here and read about their journey and also to hear about other people’s journeys too 🙂

    • February 27, 2011 10:06 am

      Hearing other people’s preemie stories has been such a gift to me as a result of this starting site.

  3. February 27, 2011 3:14 pm

    Can’t imagine measuring baby’s weight gain daily in grams instead of monthly in pounds. It’s much easier to read this knowing that the kids are going to be OK.

    • February 27, 2011 3:23 pm

      It’s easier posting it, too. I wonder how the Internet would have altered our experience. If the comments I’ve received here are any indication, my guess is that it would have felt very supportive. Thanks for your feedback.

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