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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?



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Aug. 8th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
I think at 2 years. Although, my son, who will be 1 on Monday, seems to be right on track. Babies vary so much anyways, I don't think it matters too much.
Aug. 8th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
my doctor and specialists have all said that by about 24 months they stop correcting.
Aug. 8th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
It will take him about 2 years to completely catch up. The first 8-9 months are the hardest, because all your friends will be all, "Is he crawling/sitting up/standing up yet?" and you'll see other babies his age doing those things. Ellie is 13 months and just started crawling at 11.5 months, is finally pulling up to her knees to get a better look at things now.

Congrats on having him home from the NICU! A full month is a long time - I had a hard time with our 6 day stay! (Ellie was a HUGE preemie, nearly 6lbs, so she got out fast....but it felt like forever.)
Aug. 8th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Bennett was a good weight for his gestational age (I was told, 4 lb 14oz at 34 weeks). Our NICU didn't hold babies based on weight alone, but.... eesh. He got sick in the NICU. It wasn't preemie related. Perhaps I'll tell the story.

It's hard with my DDC, to hear about all the other babies' weight gain and stuff. Benn is so hard to gauge, because he seems all over the map! Some stuff he's right on his age, other things he seem only age adjusted, once or twice he'll do stuff that seems ahead of the game. One of my friends commented that he is truly my child since he can't be pinned down. I always was the kid that liked to do my own thing!
Aug. 8th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
The doctors say they don't actually catch up until they are 2 years old. My son is now 14 months and he is in the 90th percentile for height. That would suggest to me that he has caught up quite nicely.
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