NICU follow-up apt

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NICU follow-up apt

So Levi had his follow up apt w the NICU-They require you to do follow up care with them up to two yrs time since theres catch up time w in the first 2 yrs for preemies. He weighs now 9lb 14 oz, 21 1/2 inches, she said to not let him take more than 3 oz per feeding cuz thats all he really needs (which we tried when we got home and this a.m. and he was not having it and would not be soothed so he ate 5 oz last night at his feeding then slept 4 hrs (usually wakes up every 2.5-3 hrs) and ate 4. What are you gonna do? Cant let him scream cuz hes hungry...he does generally stop at 2.5 3 oz but every now and then...

Anyway-the assessment-she goes through all his reflexes, head and body strength, eyes, measurements, and everything a peditrician does as well. She says that he is advanced for his age, doing things a 2 mo old would and he looks good-so come back in feb and thats probably it since theres no problems w him so far. At the next apt they check all his motor skills to make sure that part of the brain developed ok since he was born premature. So another good apt for my chunky monkey.

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Awesome news!!:-)

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Glad he is doing so well! And what a big boy considering he started out small! He's grown lots in the last little while.

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Yes he has grown a lot Kristen! I dont think Alex was at the 10lb mark until he was prob at least 8 mos old-considering they were the same weight when born! Alex still gains small-hes short and skinny-Levis going to be tall and stocky perhaps. I wonder if his growth will slow down once hes older? Its kinda weird to have one child who was always in the 20's for percentile and another whos in the 90s! Glad you're stalking me Smile Hope you are well!

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Wow, way to grow little guy!! That's awesome! Very cool that he's advanced. It makes me sad that the nurse wants you to limit his feedings.

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How early was he? I dont think our nicu does follow up apts...

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Wish our NICU did a follow up. That's really neat that they do that. He has grown so well!! Mine have their 2mo visit next tues, I'm looking forward to seeing their growth and where they are at developmentally. I wouldn't worry about the eating thing. Just let the boy eat, he's hungry. Smile Mine take almost 3 1/2oz each time. Jeremiah takes sometimes more. He's a little piglet.

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NY-He was born at 35 wks 4 days. He was 6lbs 4 oz and would have been just fine w out having to go to the NICU but then he started to desat and they had to find out why and do all these tests-turned out only reflux.

Not all NICUS do follow up huh? Im glad they do otherwise Id be worried about how hes really doing as Im not trying to compare him and alex but you know...it does happen. So Im glad to find out he is doing things a 2 mo old does. And dont worry im not starving him!

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Yah for doing so well!

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I'm happy to hear Levi is doing so well!! Good job mom!