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5/23/92 (Day 189) — Preemies at Home, day 57

May 23, 2011

These are the "birth certificate and adoption papers" for a couple of dolls the babies got from my mom, who had been excited to find "preemie" baby dolls. I never quite understood the allure of the Cabbage Patch craze, but I did appreciate these preemie dolls, as we were told that Ike and Molly would probably be significantly smaller than their peers for years to come. The idea of a preemie doll for a preemie child, or for an older child with a preemie sibling was pretty advanced for the day. On the other hand, the idea of a preemie doll in general is a little creepy and exploitative. My kids played with these dolls a little bit (as much as they ever played with any doll or stuffed animal). Molly would boss her baby around, and Ike would rock his singing "Ah, ah, ba-by" and then toss it over his shoulder. I don't think they ever understood that these dolls were supposed to be preemies like them.

Home nursing notes


Ike woke crying at 2:00 a.m. After diaper change, bottle offered and he took 15 ccs and fell asleep. Awake and crying at 4:00 a.m. Too 30 ccs formula and fell asleep. Would not take more even with stimulation; he just became fussy.  Woke at 6:30 and to0k 65 ccs formula. Changed at 7:00, but he continued to cry, so offered another bottle and he took 10 additional ccs PO. Awake and alert at 8:00 a.m. Nippled 60 ccs when fed by mom at 10:00. Awake at 11:15, nippled 60 ccs; placed in crib at 11:45. Awake and crying at noon; held and rocked and took additional 25 ccs; continues to be awake and very alert, propped on couch looking at brightly colored toys. Worked on PT/OT exercises; became fussy at 12:40 and nippled 20 ccs. Placed in swing, crying occasionally; asleep at 1:30 in swing, where he slept soundly.


Awake and fussy at 1:00 a.m. Took 20 ccs formula then fell asleep after diaper change. Awake and crying at 3:00 a.m. Took 30 ccs formula and fell asleep. Awake and crying at 4:30 Took 30 ccs formula PO, passing flatus. Awake and crying at 6:30; offered bottle and Molly took 60 ccs formula and burped well. Continued to be fussy, so gave Mylicon. Awake and alert at 8:00 a.m.. Nippled 60 ccs over 30 minutes. Continued to be awake and fussy. Nippled an additional 60 ccs at 10:00 after diaper change, placed in swing asleep. Awake and crying at noon. Nippled 10 ccs, pushing bottle away. Wrapped in blanket and placed in crib on abdomen, patting back until fell asleep. Awake at 1:15. Has upper airway congestion and occasional coughing, especially during feedings. Nippled 115 ccs (!) over 45 minutes. Placed in crib at 2:30 sleeping, but occasionally waking for very brief periods and fussing.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenn permalink
    May 28, 2011 9:13 am

    without the idea of the preemie doll we would never had any clothes for IKe and Molly to wear!

    • May 28, 2011 10:08 am

      That’s true, although I think the clothes they got in the hospital were regular Cabbage Patch Kids clothes.

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