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Feb. 28th, 2009

I've just started a community geared towards former preemies - former_preemies and I'm trying to get the word out. If you are a former preemie, please join! Parent of a preemie? Feel free to hang around. Know an older preemie? Encourage them to join! There's not a lot out there about the experience of preemies once they've moved past childhood and I'm hoping we can get something started.
Jules at former_preemies

x-posted all over the place, please remove if this is considered inappropriate here.
Ellie stood on her own today! 

We went to the pumpkin patch, and she had fun cruising on the pumpkins and hay bales.  After all the fun and festivities were over, we went to a nearby park for a picnic lunch.

And my crazy child chooses to stand unassisted for the first time...on concrete.  My husband was so surprised, he yelled, and of course, down she went.  Nothing hurt, but I'm sure she'll be walking soon now!

Sep. 19th, 2008

Hi all...

Does anyone have any suggestions for diaper cream?  14 month old DD has had a stubborn rash (it has been confirmed NOT a yeast infection/anything weird by the pediatrician).  I've tried A+D, Balmex, Desatin, Desitin Extra Creamy, and the Aveeno stuff, but nothing seems to be making it any better, just holds it from getting worse.  I've also been doing naked time as often as we can, oatmeal baths, and extra-frequent diaper changes when we're at home (I told them to change her as soon as possible at school, so they're changing her around every 1 1/2 hours and right away with every poop).

For what it's worth, it doesn't seem to be bothering her.  She had a bad diaper rash a few months ago (caused by an allergic reaction to prescription meds) and she screamed bloody murder with every diaper change then, and was constantly fussy.  This time, she is pleasant, even when being wiped in the affected area. But I'd still like it to be cleared up.

Sep. 2nd, 2008

Hi there all...what, six of you?

I'm sorry I've been really lax lately.  I have had a ton of shit going on here at home.  My grandmother had an anyeurism, then she died.  My husband's aunt had to be taken to the hospital because she started having hallucinations in addition to her dementia.  Another cousin of his nearly died from acute renal failure and had to have emergency dialysis.  Oh, and my daugher AND husband both got Hand Foot and Mouth for the second time this month.  Somehow I miraculously escaped it the second time round. My preschool class graduated and I got a brand new class, and that's been, well, interesting at best.

So yeah, crappy month.  If anyone else wants to jump on the mod ship, let me know.  I'll add you.  If not, hang in there, I'm slowly plowing through the pile of junk i have to catch up on.


Were you given any explanation of why your babies were born premature? Was a reason known?

In doing research, I have learned that in 40% of all premature births the cause is unknown and that premature births are on the rise. I fell into that 40% and I didn't fit the risk factors. I think it's because my husband and I had sex the Sunday before B was born (a Friday), after not trying penetrative sex for 6 months. Later that Sunday my mucus plug fell out and other symptoms started later in the week.

Also, have any of you had children since your preemie? Statistics say that one premature baby raises the likelihood of subsequent premature babies. Have you found this to be the case?

Intro Posts

All right, this has been up for a little while, so let's get to know each other! 

Your Name:
Your Age:
Your Location:
Your Baby's Age (use chronological, not corrected, please!)
Other Family Members:
How Early was Your Baby?
Did you have a NICU stay? How long was it/has it been so far?
Any special  challenges you and your baby are facing?

I might post our names, age, baby name and location in the profile if that's cool with everyone.
I hate to say this, but I figure you will understand. I get sad when I read in my DDCs how much weight other mamas' babies are gaining. Bennett is gaining just fine, for him, but when I read about how a baby has gained 2 pounds in two weeks or something like that, I just have to stop reading. Mostly these feelings come up around weight because I felt slightly harassed by the various nurses, consultants, etc about weight and breast feeding. But sometimes I also get sad when I read about how smiley some one's 2 week old is. Benn has been smiling for a while, but he still doesn't smile *for me* if that makes sense.

I just needed to get this off my chest.

Aug. 7th, 2008

Hmmm.  Mayhaps we should have a "First Post" format?  What do you guys think? Just general stuff of course.


How far along were you when your baby was born?
How old is the baby now?
How long is/was the baby in the NICU?
Any particular challenges you are facing?

I don't know.  I've never started a community before...I just happened to take over the august07babes by chance...both mods had had miscarriages and one of them randomly chose me to be the new mod.  So it was already all set up when I got there.

If there is anything you guys want or feel that this community should have, let me know.  *hugs*

New member

Hi. I was just thinking to myself... when do I get to stop counting my little guy in "age adjusted" weeks? There must be an LJ group for preemies (besides the group preemies which is for NICU support). My little guy is almost 11 weeks old. He was born at 34 weeks and spent a month in the NICU. My husband and I say it was a technicality. He is physically fine, though small (maybe 8 lbs) and seems to be developmentally fine, but since this is my fist child I couldn't say for sure.

I look forward to discussing our kids. For now, can some one tell me how and when premature babies/kids go from age adjusted to just regular counting of age?


Jul. 25th, 2008

Hi.  I have a daughter who just turned a year old on July 2.  She was born at 32w3d.  We had been trying for three years to get pregnant, and because of the RE I was seeing, we know her exact conception date.

I am constantly fretting about her development.  Is she on track?  Shouldn't she be doing X by now?  What if she's got complications we haven't noticed yet?  Is it something I did?  What will happen when I'm pregnant again??

I remember being terrified for my baby a little over a year ago.  My water broke in the middle of the night, we got to the hospital, and they said her lungs probably weren't ready yet.  They stalled labor and gave me shots of steroids and other things in my butt.  Two days later, my daughter was born, thankfully screaming, but still with a long road ahead of her.

I've been looking for a support community on LJ for this, but haven't found one.  I belong to july2007babies and am a mod at august2007babes because, well, we expected her to be born in August, not July. 

I know there are other people out there with preemies.  I hope we can all help each other out?

Please feel free to post away.  I would love to hear from you and be happy to add you as a member.