I'll start. My name is Bonita and I have three preemie girls. Alyssa was my first born at 34 weeks due to being induced. I had pre-eclampsia. She was 4lbs 9oz (no NICU) My second daughter was born at 35 weeks after a normal pg due to my water braking. 4 hours later she was born at 6lbs 14oz (no NICU). My third daughter was born at 32 weeks after many pg complications. I went into premature labor that they were not able to stop. She was 3lbs 15oz and spent 2 1/2 of the longest weeks of my life in the NICU.
I'm Tracy, mom to Tyler (age 3.5) and Lana (11 mo). Tyler was born just shy of 29 weeks. My water had broken (still don't know why) and the next day his heart rate dropped too low and they took him by emergency c/s. He weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces and spent 8 weeks in the NICU before coming home on an apnea monitor. It was the scariest time of my entire life...felt like it would never end. But today, he is a perfectly healthy little boy with no residual issues stemming from his prematurity. It's amazing - no vision issues, no hearing issues, no breathing issues. NOTHING. We will be forever grateful to the drs and nurses in that NICU.
Lana was born nearly a year ago at 37 weeks. I was on the weekly 17P shots and I had a successful VBAC with her. It was a totally different experience from start to finish!
I'm Leah, and my twin boys Isaac and Gabriel were born at 30 weeks 3 days gestation due to early labor and advanced cervical effacement. I was put on bedrest at 24 weeks when it was discovered during an ultrasound that I was nearly 90% effaced. I was in the hospital for the first week of bedrest, and home for the following 5 weeks. At 29 weeks 6 days, I went into labor, and by the time I got to the hospital, I was 4cm dilated. The doctors put me on magnesium sulfate to stop my labor (it was AWFUL) and gave me a round of betamethasone steroid shots to help mature the boys lungs (I had also gotten an earlier round at 24 weeks). My labor slowed for a couple of days, then there was no stopping it. Isaac was born vaginally, 2lb 15oz, and a half hour later, Gabriel was born via emergency c section due to breech position and cord prolapse. He weighed 4lb. Neither boy needed a ventilator, which was great, just CPAP for one week. Isaac was in the NICU for 6 weeks, and Gabe for 9 weeks (he had a lot more respiratory issues and got a couple infections that he had to recover from). Looking back now, I realize I was just in survival mode getting through those weeks. I don't think I really processed what had happened until much later.
They just turned 2, and really the only lasting issue is a mild speech delay. Gabe's is a little worse than Isaac's, but thanks to Help Me Grow, we have them in speech therapy and Early Intervention, and their delays are rapidly improving! I'm amazed at how well they are doing, and also am very thankful to all the nurses and doctors who took care of all 3 of us!
DD1 was 10 days late so I was very surprised when my water broke at 33 weeks with DD2
I had no signs of labour but they kept me on bedrest at the hospital and was told they would induce me at 34 weeks. I went into labour on my own 5 days later. Labour was really fast (90 min) and extremely painful. The ultrasound had indicated she was 5lbs13oz but she was only 4lbs11oz. They don't know why I went early but after my labour they did realize I had a placental abruption so I'm grateful I had no serious complications.
DD2 only had the CPAP in for a day and was under the lights for 5 days. They said all she really had to do was learn to eat. I thought she'd be home in a week. 23 days later. I was surprised at how tired she got after a bottle. Any BF attempts made her not eat for 12 hours.
Right before she was discharged they noticed she had PVCs. Online it says it feels like your heart "skips a beat". They did a full cardio work up and found she'd only started having them 2 days earlier but there is no structural damage in the heart. By themselves, the PVCs are not dangerous but can be an indication of a serious problem. We've been following up with a cardiologist just to monitor. They are more frequent then they were but still benign.
Other than that, we are just starting to leave the newborn phase. We successfully transferred to breastfeeding and are now getting lots of smiles. I've started to use her adjusted age when strangers ask how old she is because otherwise they start to go on about how tiny she is (3months, 9 lbs) and I have to get into her being early.