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    How long did ur babys still in NICU
    Mari8106226 posted:
    Hello everyone im new to this board my baby boy (Isaac ) was born when i was 29wks this is my frist preemie my other 2 children where full term so im not sure what to do our anything and how long he is going to have to stay in the NICU i want to take him home already but i know he has to be there for another i think 2 months :( he only weights 2lbs 8oz he is bretheing on his own :) and they started feeding him threw the tube every 6 hours so i want to know if any one out there can give me some info and how long there baby was in NICU ? thanks :)
    bcmom1 responded:
    Congratulations on your new baby! That's great that he is breathing on his own. My daughter was born when I was 28 weeks pregnant weighing 2 lbs 7 oz. She stayed in the NICU for 51 days. She came home when she was 35 weeks gestation. She could not breathe on her own and came home requiring oxygen. It seems like a long wait, but looking back it didn't seem to take that long. Of course, I didn't have other children at home to take care of. I'll be praying for your little one and your family.
    Jamelita responded:
    Congratulations :smile: That is wonderful that he breathes on his own. If I were you I would plan for 2 months, but it will likely be earlier. My baby was born at 32 weeks weighing 3lbs 6oz and also breathing on her own. In order to come home she had to weigh at least 4lbs 8oz, be eating 100% by mouth and still gaining weight steadily. This took her about 1 month to achieve.
    simerlm responded:
    Hi! My dd was born at 31 weeks and stayed for 5 weeks in the NICU. I also have two older children. It is hard, but I would encourage you to take them in to see the baby also. My kids really enjoyed going to see their little sister. They would talk to her and sing to her. Sorry, I know that wasn't your question, but I wanted to share my experience. I tried not to think in terms of time, but in terms of what she was accomplishing. The fact that he is breathing on his own already is awesome!!! Good luck and keep us posted on how he's doing.
    cheeezie25 responded:
    Congratulations! I sounds like your little man is doing really well! I think the earliest most NICUs will allow the baby to go home is at 35 weeks gestation. However, they need to hit numerous milestones before that happens. Mine was born at 33 1/2 weeks, and he had to spend 3 weeks in the NICU. I thought he would com home right at the 35 week mark... he was moved to the transitional NICU after one week be cause he was stable medically and hit all of his milestones (gestational age, maintaining temp outside the isolette, weight) except one... the BIG one... eating on his own. He started his second day on a 5 day step up feeding schedule, and he was able to eat some through the bottle on just the second day of the schedule! It seemed very promising, but it just took him a while to "get" it and do every feeding on his own. We were very happy that he was doing well and was overall healthy, but it was frustrating that he couldn't come home right away. Just go with the flow and don't have any set expectations on when he will be sent home, because you might get disappointed. O, and when they start mentioning "car seat" and/or "car seat test", yeah, he will be home much quicker than you can imagine! HTH!
    kellyjgchamp responded:
    Congratulations! It sounds like you're off to a great start. Our NICU told us that we should expect to come home around the EDD. To our surprise, we came home 4 weeks before that. Take your time and do what they will let you because once you come home, it's a whole new ballgame!
    KimP1014 responded:
    My LO was born at 27 wks 2 days at 2 lbs 7 oz. He was sent home at 37 wks 6 days. A total of 74 days in the NICU. He would have been home about a week earlier but he aspirated. Our NICU wanted them to maintain their temp (he was able to at 32 wks) Take all feedings by mouth (37 weeks) and be free of As and Bs for 72 hours. It will seem like this is the longest months of your life. But when you look back it goes by so far. Try to find your level ground, you will have good days and bad days. There is always two steps forward one step back. My LO came home on the apnea monitor and o2.
    jovi_girl responded:
    My son was born when I was 31 weeks. He was 3lbs 4oz. He was born on January 11th 2007 and came home from the hospital on Feb 5th 2007. He was 4lbs 9oz when we brought him home. He even had reflux issues but was off medication by the time we brought him home! Good luck to you and your family! -Christy
    MLH1109 responded:
    Congrats on your little boy! It is great that he is breathing on his own and handling his feedings well. My little boy was born at 28 weeks 2 days. He weighed 2lbs. 5ozs. He was in the NICU for 58 days and came home at 36 weeks weighing 5lbs. 9 ozs. One thing I did during those 50+ days was keep a daily journal. I am so glad I did because I often look back at it to remind myself of all the little daily milestones and how far he has come. I can tell you exactly how much he weighed, how much he ate, his A's and B's, tests, etc. on any given day. I am sure he will be home before you know it! Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have!
    fishermarc96 responded:
    Our twins were born at 30 weeks and were in the NICU until after their due date (70 days total). Our twins went through a lot but the staff was wonderful and I would encourage you to be as involved as you can and to ask questions. Its important to keep a journal too and write down questions when you think of them. I think the most important thing to do is to take things one day at a time. Its normal to want to take him home but be patient and let the staff work. Also see if there is social worker to assist you with questions and concerns (thats what they're for). I hope everything turns out well for you and your little boy.
    Chaniya011609 responded:
    congratulations!! this is a happy and scary time...but with a lot of love and support both of you will get through this. my son was born at 29 weeks and he was breathing on his own too. he just had to gain weight and learn to feed from a bottle. he stayed in the NICU for 6 weeks. he came home on an apnea monitor and was on that for about 2 or 3 months. he is now 8 months old and doing great.
    MopStick77 responded:
    Congrats! I had twins also at 29 weeks. DD was 2lbs 4oz & DS was 2lbs 15oz. DS came home after 6 wks but DD was there for 11 wks(she came home the day after her EDD). Like some of the other mom's said, try to focus on the positives ... the amazing things this tiny little person has been able to endure & accomplish on their own. Try to spend as much time as you can bonding with him. Let him get used to your scent, your touch, your voice etc. I know its tough, but these LO's are much more resilient than we give them credit for! Its fantastic that he's breathing on his own ... Good luck & I will pray for your DS & family.
    hannahtravis responded:
    Congrats!! My son stayed in for almost 2 months and he was born 3 months early and was 2lbs 7 oz. At the NICU here they based releasing on steady weight gain and the SSB or suck swallow breathe which they started at 32 or 33 weeks. They did a progression that took 2 weeks but once it started it went quick. Just be tere for your baby and everything will go by in a flash god bless and good luck
    Screwston responded:
    Congrats!! i just got my daughter Anelle home last Thursday she was born at 27 weeks june 24th and thanks to all her great strides and God's plan she was released Aug 6th. she is our 1st but i remember asking every nurse when i might be able to take her home and they never gave me a time period they just used to say when she is ready. hopefully your little one progresses along with everything and you'll have him home in no time.
    PreemieMom3 responded:
    Hello and welcome to the world of preemies! I know it's not something to aspire toward but I hope your boy thrives. That's amazing that your boy is breathing on his own already. My preemie girl was born at 27weeks weighing 2 lb 9 oz and she really struggled with breathing and having the energy to eat. She was in the NICU for 94 days, she was there past her due date, and she came home on oxygen, medications, and fortified breastmilk. She weighed 7 1/2 lbs at discharge! I believe most preemies go home before their due dates, and many go home when they're still 4 or 5 lbs, which I think is amazing. I suppose my girl just didn't want to leave the NICU. :) Good luck to you and your baby.

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