(Closed) Premie 24 weeks, now what….

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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alc1979:  I’m afraid I don’t have any experience to share with you, but just wanted to comment to send you some support and a big virtual hug. It sounds like an incredibly difficult situation, but you are doing everything you can by taking it one day at a time. 

Sending you, your husband, and Abbie my best wishes. Having a child in the NICU is a very intense experience, so make sure you find whatever moments you can to take care of yourself and recover from giving birth and get some support with all of your emotions. 

Post # 3
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I have a friend who’s baby was born at 24 weeks exactly. It was rough but he is now a wonderful, happy, healthy four year old.

My thoughts are with you and your family. Sending you lots of love.

Post # 4
3728 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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alc1979:  I am so sorry to hear you went into labor early, but I’m happy she’s holding on. My hospital is the one with the speciality nicu, so I’ve seen and heard many similar stories. In talking to these moms, it’s hard. There’s ups and downs. The baby will probably be in the hospital until November and then it’ll still be ups and downs afterwards.

3 friends had babies between 23 and 25 weeks a year and a half ago. The babies are all here with us and are growing and thriving. Some still need oxygen, but they’re happy little kids getting in trouble.

If you ever want to read up on one of their journeys, Google Blessings for Benton. It’ll take you to her blog.

Best of luck!

Post # 6
193 posts
Blushing bee

Hang in there momma! I can already tell your baby girl is a fighter!

Post # 7
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just wanted to pop in and let you know your daughter is in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that so far all is looking pretty good. 

Post # 8
3064 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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alc1979:  There is a blog called Parenting the Preemie Pope- her son was born I think at 24 weeks and he is doing great! She does not update very much (anymore) but she does a really awesome job of detailing their journey from his birth to 3 or 4 years old. If you need encouragement read some of the most recent posts- you can see how great he is doing!

It wasnt an easy road but as he got older he caught up more and more-with lots of therapy and had a great outcome- here is the link. I would read Samuels story – you are going to have to go back a few years and she had another 34 wk old preemie since.


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Post # 9
299 posts
Helper bee

I’m so sorry you are going through this. 

I was born at 27 weeks way back in 1988 (my mom had pre-eclampsia and then went into full blown eclampsia, DIC, and a long ICU stay after my emergent c-section) I was in the NICU for three months. They told her I would be mentally retarded and most likely have cerebral palsey, among various other mental and physical delays. I am now a perfectly healthy, happy 26 year old. My mother was obviously traumatized by the experience, but decided to process it by becoming a child development specialist and a parent liaison in the NICU and follow up clinic. She works every day with babies (and their families) who were born at 24 weeks and many of them are growing into perfectly healthy toddlers and children. I would be more than happy to put you in contact with her if you would like to talk about your experience, just PM me. If not, know that you’re in my thoughts     Remember to take care of yourself during this time, as you are healing as well. Best wishes  

Post # 10
425 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Private lodge

hey honey.  I had a NICU baby.  here is what I learned – those nurses are AMAZING. be there as much as you can!  Girls are stronger than boys! Make friends with the other parents and staff – they will be there to support you for as long as you need.  A NICU family is unlike any other. 

My best friend was a 26 weeker 30 years ago and she is a vibrant, healthy, lady. Medicine has made miraculous advances since then.  What will be – will be.  Savor every little second! 

Make her journey here as awesome as it can be – keep pumping – nourish her body and heart. 

Many well wishes your way.

Post # 11
2430 posts
Buzzing bee

Praying for the best possible outcome for momma and poppa AND baby. Trust yourself with the the hard decisions, and don’t even think of second guessing yourself.

Keep us posted. You are never alone here.

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Post # 13
6888 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011


alc1979:  If you need support message me. My son was born 32 weeks and spent a month in the NICU. Spend as much time as you can with your little girl. I spent every day there.  If they let you do skin to skin contact do that.  Get to know your little girl.  It will be hard but you can do it..

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Post # 14
1431 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Sending hugs and health to you and your family! <3

Post # 15
7680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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alc1979:  Miracles happen.  I was born at 25 weeks 55 years ago last week.  I have very, very, mild CP, that affects one leg muscle.  I am sending prays for you, your baby girl and your husband  

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