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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.


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Jul. 25th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Hey! I saw your post in the august community. My son was due October 5, 2007, but was born August 11. Your story sounds a LOT like mine...Daniel was conceived with help of fertility treatments (clomid).

Even the birth sounds like yours! My water just broke in the middle of the night on a Friday, when I was going to the bathroom. I got the horrible shot. The only difference is that I was 4 cm by the time I went to the hospital, and I got the steriod shot, but they couldn't stop the labor. I had him right before noon on Saturday.

He was in the NICU 15 days.

He seems to be basically right on track for his age, amazingly. He does seem pretty small, compared to other kids his age.
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ellie JUST started crawling last month and is only 20lbs. She's not even able to pull up on furniture or anything yet. Verbally, she says a few words, but doesn't seem to have any idea as to what they mean.

The one place she's advanced in? Eating. This kid eats everything. Due to her reflux, she was on cereal at 5 months. Now she's eating (whole) grilled cheese and taking bites out of crackers, etc.

Just noticed...Daniel was born on Ellie's due date! I bet there's someone in the June community with a baby due July 2 but born 6 weeks early!
Jul. 25th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
yeah, or a baby born on october 5, but due in november or december, lol.

lol...yeah, and I forgot to mention that I am the founder of the october community, since that's when he was due, lol. lots of parallels, lol.

Daniel talks pretty good for an 11 month old...he's good at mimicing...and he eats like a champ. He can pull to standing on furniture, and he's slightly cruising, but he's a pro crawler.
Jul. 28th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
My son was due on July 22 and was born on May 25, 2007. He was 3lbs 10oz at birth. He was in the hospital for a little over a week. He is now 31 inches tall and at least 23lbs.

I feel the same way as both of you about my baby should be doing 'X' now. Some of the people on the July board jsut don't understand how I feel about this. It would be nice to talk to other preemie moms who feel the same way. Please add me in. Thanks.
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