(Closed) Friend had baby 8 weeks early!

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t know much about helping her take care of a preemie, but helping with food is always great for new moms.  If you wanted to make casseroles or something to help her and hubby out getting used to the sleeping routine etc. I’m sure she would appreciate it

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That is so exciting that she had her baby! Are they all doing well? My girlfriend just had her baby really early too, she only weighs 1 lb. Scary. I was thinking of putting together a gift bag for her and including premie diapers, onesies, pacifiers, and a couple books like Chicken Soup for the New Mom (loved that book!) and other “mom and baby” books for her. Hope everything works out great for them!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

Food, food, and more food! That was, without a doubt, the most helpful thing in the world. Also, she’ll probably need preemie clothes. Babies R Us has some, as does Burlington Coat Factory (the latter, for some reason, has a HUGE selection). Oh, and the hospital may or may not help with this, but we actually needed a car bed to get my daughter home–she was too small for a regular car seat.

If you have friends that could help out with food, Food Tidings is awesome for coordinating meals for folks who need them.

Congratulations, and I hope he and your friend are healthy and happy, and that everything is great for them!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Congratulations to her!  Because she had a C-Section, getting around and lifting will be difficult for her for a while.  Maybe see if there is anything around the house you can do?  A couple loads of laundry, vacuming, healthy groceries for the fridge, etc.  If you do not think she would feel comfortable with some house help, bringing them dinner and some premie gifts would probably be appreciated 🙂 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

ooh!  Did’nt see the distence post 🙂  You could try sending them groceries, some chains deliver now! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Clothes would definitely help! I was 8 weeks early and my mom didn’t have anything that fit me! I would just ask her what she needs and if there is anything you can do for her or her family.

Glad to hear the baby is ok!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

She’ll need premie clothes and diapers (although the hospital will take care of the diapers…).  The baby will probably be NICU bound for 4 weeks.  I think the most helpful thing you could do is wait until your friend is discharged from the hospital, then drive up on a weekend and ask her to give you guidance for some household chores you can do for her.  My SIL had a c-section, but her nesting instinct was still going haywire, and she wanted the baby’s room CLEAN.  Scrubbed baseboards, vacuumed, window washed, set up the crib and changing table, etc.  Or you could do normal household chores for her like dishes.  Two hours isn’t a far drive if you came up on a Friday and stayed until Sunday afternoon, you could help her out A LOT.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I definitely echo finding a time once your friend is out of the hospital to go visit and help her out around the house.  C sections take about 6 weeks to recover from, and you’re not supposed to do any heavy lifting so just volunteering your time to help her out is probably one of the sweetest things you can do.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

No experience, but yay for baby jack! He is so tiny and cute! My friend was born 8 weeks early and is insanely smart and has no health problems but i know she was in the nicu for a month or so and her mom stayed home with her for a year before going back to work because she was early.

I’m sure your friend will refuse your help, but that you should show up anyways (at a time that’s good), help her out, do laundry, clean, and maybe make her a casserole or two and put them in the freezer for her. That’d be a HUGE Help!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

AWWWW!!  Those baby pics are making me tear up!!  So tiny!!  So cute!!  (And I have 6 weeks to go myself, so I’m just like….AWWWWWWWW!!!!)

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

He’s gorgeous! And his coloring looks absolutely beautiful–he looks so healthy!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

33 weeks is good.  He should do really well and will be home in no time! Premie clothes and diapers are a great suggestion.  I hope your friend is doing better now.  Tell her the board bees are thinking about her and Jack!

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