Did you have a tiny baby?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

My son was born at 34w5d. He weighed 5lbs 7oz. He spent 8 days in NICU. Slept 7+ hours at seven weeks. He never had developmental delays and never was sick (other than average childhood stuff). He is now 18 years old, graduating in May… honor student. He is 6 feet tall… probably 185 lbs. You would never know that he started life as a preemie.

My daughterwas born at 35w2d. She weighed 5lbs8oz. She wasn’t in NICU as I was given medicine to mature her lungs. She slept 7+ hours at eight weeks. Like her brother… no delays, no illnesses. She’s 15… varsity volleyball player, theater geek. Again, like her brother… you’d never know she was a preemie.

Good luck with your baby!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

 

My son was born at 32 weeks 6 days and weighed 5lb 2 oz.  We spent 4 weeks in the NCIU.  He is almost 2.5 years old and he is still small for his age but will catch up.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

cora_123:  My son was 3 lb 13 oz. My daughter was 4 lb 3 oz. They were both premies- no NICU.I took them both home after delivery- my son at 7 days and my daughter at 5 days. They were both breastsfed. My son gained a pound in the first week after my milk came in. That’s why I was allowed to take him home from hospital.

They had and have not had any health problems.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

cora_123:  My first was born at 36 weeks, he was 5 lbs 15 oz and completely healthy. My twins were born at 34 weeks and weighed 6 lbs even and 5 lbs 7 oz, also completely healthy. All of them started sleeping throught the night very young, and now are 11 and 7 and healthy, happy boys!! 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It depends largely on *why* your baby is small….some babies are small because they were born preterm but would have been a typical size at full term.  Other babies are small because of genetics, small parents generally have smaller babies.  And then some babies are small because of some other reason, for example high blood pressure, smoking, placental issues etc. and those babies often do much better once born and getting the full nutrition they need.  Lastly, it also depends if the baby was always small, or conversely if their growth has fallen off and now they are small when earlier ultrasounds put them at a higher percentile growth.  Does that make sense?

Hope that helps! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

My boy was 6 lbs 3 oz, and he was only 4 days early. I’m small and my husband is pretty average, so we just had a small baby. He was perfectly healthy when he was born and only lost 2 oz in the hospital. He was back to his original birth weight at his 2 day appointment and gained 8 oz by his next weigh-in 3 days later! At his 1 month, he was 8 lbs 15 oz! He’s been a growing, healthy, happy boy ever since!!

He didn’t sleep through the night until 5 months, and I think a lot of it had to do with him being hungry more often. I exclusively breastfead until his 4 month check-up and when I learned that he was falling down the growth curve (and was hungry way too often for 4 months), I started supplementing with formula. I finally introduced solids early and that has done the trick with helping him sleep through the night and gain the right amount of weight.

I’m glad I had a small, healthy baby. He stayed in new born clothes and diapers longer and he was so small and precious when he was little it was adorable to hold and cuddle him. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

cora_123:  Only my son was in NICU. His lungs were not developed enough to breathe properly. So, he was under an oxygen hood and was given Surfactant. He also had to learn to suck, swallow and breathe at the same time to be released.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Docs can only guestimate how much baby will weigh and it’s generally off. I had my oldest born at 28 weeks 6 days due to PProm my water broke fully at 25 weeks and he weighed 2lbs 10 oz. my youngest just made a year and docs said he would weigh 8 lbs at birth at 37 weeks he was 6lbs 80z. don’t worry about weight it doesnt matter when they are full term.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My son was born at 34 weeks 2 days and weighed 4lbs 12oz, dropping to 4lbs 9oz within a few days. He stayed in hospital for 17 days but doesn’t have any long term problems that I’m aware of. He’s now 8 weeks old and around 9lbs.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My DH was a little over 4 lbs when he was born.  Other than being a bit of a nerd, he turned out fine 🙂

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

cora_123:  i am 32 now, but i was born 5lbs 7oz exactly on time.  my mom said i blended in with the premies.  i no health issues at all and am still very very healthy and active. well except for the croop at 18 months.

i walked at 10 months.  i can’t remember when i started talking. but my mom said i never talked baby talk.  she was ready to take me to a specialist, when i started speaking in full sentences, passing all other kids my age in speech.  she joked, if i couldn’t do something perfectly, i wouldn’t do it.

i also had no sleep issues.  my mom said i was a perfect baby.  she said i only cried when we went home since we only went home to sleep.  we were mostly on the go, my mom was a SAHM and took me every where.

 

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