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u/Onto_new_ideas · 1 pointr/NICUParents

My son was born at 31+4 at 3.5lbs due to severe Pre-E. Didn't develop HELLP, but my numbers were sky high for pre-e. I also felt guilty, like my body had failed me. You have to learn to accept that bad things happen, it doesn't mean you did anything wrong. Or if you did, it wasn't anything we currently know how to prevent! Maybe in 20 years we will know why, but TODAY we don't know what causes pre-e and hellp. We can't prevent it because it seems to be sort of random. There were older moms, younger moms, skinny moms, fat moms, smart moms and not so smart moms all that had early babies due to Pre-E with me in the NICU while I was there.

It sucks, but you have to move on and go with what you have been given. What you have is this: You are ALIVE - your baby is ALIVE! Years ago you both might not have made it. Being born after 30 weeks means your baby has much better odds of being completely normal. It means that mostly you will have to work on growing, eating and regulating body functions like heart and lungs.

For my own story, my son is now 21 months old and is completely normal. He runs around like a tornado, he is jabbering away all the time, some of which I understand, most of which I try to respond rationally to, pretending I have a clue what he is saying. He loves water, tractors, animals and giving hugs and kisses (mostly to mommy - daddy is jealous).

You need to focus on healing yourself now, while you have the best care in the world for your daughter. That way when she comes home you are healed up and ready to take on the delights and challenges of motherhood w/o the skilled assistance of the NICU staff. Can you go for short walks? I know they encouraged me, but you might have more complications. Getting outside can help your mood. Go get a blanket and pump outside if you can. Breath in and out, take it one day at a time. I know you feel like a dairy cow right now, most preemie moms do, and that is okay, you are providing for your child! This is an amazing job in and of itself - and as a preemie mom I know it takes so much time! It is truly a labor of love.

Going to the NICU twice a day is plenty. Especially if you can't do more. The NICU staff understands you can't live there. You do what is best for your family. A sane and healthy mommy will be much more capable of providing for your daughter than one who pushed too much too fast and compromised your own recovery.

To occupy your time I suggest binge watching some shows :) especially for the middle of the night pumps. Maybe learn something off of youtube you've been wanting to learn. Do you have a good pumping bra? If not, get one!!! They help free up your hands a bit so you can at least type or do some small things. It also frees up your hands to do massage while pumping which doubled my output.

I also got the following book: It is a book of preemie milestones and was awesome for chronicling the NICU stay. and will be fun to read through when my son gets older:

Writing in that can be fun..

Other ideas: organize your nursery - label where things should go, take stock of what clothing you have in what sizes so you know what you will need in the future. I am a huge thrifter/consignment shopper so I have the next two sizes completely purchased and am usually working on the 3rd at any given time. My son is adorably dressed and on the cheap!

Seek out FB preemie/local mom boards/local kids buy/sell/trade pages if you do Facebook. Even if you don't, consider signing up just for these deals and support groups. Just avoid the drama in them, it isn't worth it!

Organize old photos and new photos. Decide on a format or method for organizing photos going forward because you'll be taking a lot. Consider signing up for a photo sharing website so you can share photos with family and friends. Order some frames and put pics in them that you have taken so far!

Write thank you cards for gifts received!

Mostly take care of yourself! You are not to blame. You are not at fault. Sometimes life throws you curve balls and you just learn to deal in whatever way you can. Good luck - and try to look for the positives where you can find them. They are there - just look at that cutie you have!

u/andgiveayeLL · 3 pointsr/NICUParents

31/33 days in the NICU and both my twins are in early intervention, which sounds scary but it's great! A physical therapist comes to our house once a week and works with them on tummy time, neck control, etc.

Preemies are definitely going to be "behind" on their milestones, but they typically catch up. If your doctors don't understand that preemies are behind and that's ok, then get new doctors. If your doctors understand that preemies are behind and are offering services like physical therapy/early intervention to help them catch up, take them up on it!

By 4 months adjusted, I agree with your doctors that your next goals are to be pushing up on arms and getting rid of those head bobbles. But your doctors shouldn't be shaming you and should instead be giving you these goals and ways to help meet them (early intervention, physical therapy, suggestions on ways to make tummy time more pleasant).

Speaking of tummy time, I definitely think tummy time on your chest counts. My babies both hate floor tummy time. Here are some suggestions for you that I've found to help with my babies who hate floor tummy time:

  • Keep doing tummy time on your chest. It's helping her get stronger even if it's not as "intense" of a work out for her as floor time.
  • Does she like mirrors? We use this with my son who loves a mirror and it buys us an extra minute or so with floor time (remember, your goal isn't to go from 0 enjoyment of floor time to loving 15 minutes of floor time in one step. It's to go from 0 seconds of enjoyment to 5 seconds. Then from 5 seconds to 10. etc)
  • How about music? We play music right next to them and that distracts them through some floor time
  • Do you have a couch or chair? Try doing tummy time on the couch so that her head, if she were to pick it up and look forward, is looking out into the room. Place yourself in front of her (so you're seated on the floor). She may like to be able to see far and wide from her high vantage point on the couch, and you're right there to reassure her and provide a face to watch too
  • How about a boppy? Or a prop pillow? We have had great luck with this one
  • How about a rolled up towel or receiving blanket?
  • How about in the air (getting her used to being in a position that isn't on her back)?
  • Remember that babies are pretty good at feeling what you're feeling. If you're going into tummy time tense and stressed, she will notice and stress herself.
  • Try not just placing her on her face, but starting her on her back, then gently rolling her to her side. Let her hang out on her side for a bit. Then gently roll her from her side to her front.
  • Try to learn when her crying means "I'm frustrated because I'm working really hard to lift my head and it's heavy!" and when it means "OK I'm done now. Nothing more productive is going to happen this session." Let her fuss through the frustration and keep trying. Pick her up and soothe her when it's the second kind of crying.
u/kristen36 · 1 pointr/NICUParents

This isn’t the exact one, but similar. It was perfect for skin to skin and nursing/pumping even with others in the room. I got a size larger than I normally wear to make sure everything was covered. I loved it!

Also a pumping bra would have been a nice gift. I made one out of an old bra, but it would have been nice to receive one.

Other than that, we could have benefited from gift cards to restaurants or fast food. We spent so much time in the NICU for 33 days that we hardly ever ate at home. We would always grab food on the way home and it would have been nice to have more choices because of the help from gift cards.

Thank you for asking and thinking ahead for her. She will appreciate whatever you get!

u/bx_k · 5 pointsr/NICUParents

I had only one at 32, via c-section as well. Similar situation as far as living 20-25min away from the NICU where my babe is. We’ve formed a routine over the last 3 weeks (he’s still learning to take the bottle). Recovery is hard, but I can share what’s worked for us.

Re: c-section — You’ll likely be walking quite a bit. As hard as this seems, I think it’s partially what led me to a quick healing process. Tylenol and Ibuprofen are going to be life for a couple weeks. I wore a belly band about a week after surgery. This made a huge difference in how I was able to move around. Granny panties (the cheap kind from Hanes work well...I joked w/my husband when we were looking at the store, “I want my belly button to disappear” bc that’s how high they went) are super helpful as well. If you can sleep somewhat elevated, it helped me in getting in and out of bed for about the first two weeks. My morning coffee also has a scoop of collagen in it; I’m not a doctor, but I have healed really well & I think this has helped, possibly. I’ve tried to rest when I can, walk when I have to, and accept all the crazy changes I have no control over.

I also attempt to control the little things. My phone’s alarms were set up every few hours and labeled either “Ibuprofen/Motrin + pump” or “Tylenol + pump.” I can send you my exact routine if you’re interested. I pump 8-10x/day and am currently producing just enough for my 35+4 little man, so I’m not stellar but I’m still going. I keep reminding myself that my only goal is to keep pumping and I’ll worry about production more once he’s actually home.

Re: visits to the hospital — Not being able to sleep there has been one of the biggest challenges for us, especially with me healing from a c-section. We’re also trying to budget, so eating at the hospital 2-3x/day isn’t ideal either. We have a daily schedule to visit for two of his cares, one at 9am and the other at 3pm. This gives me the opportunity to have some broken sleep (yay for pumping) and we eat at home. I sometimes squeeze in a nap before the 3pm visit, which helps. We also plan on staying in between visits once he gets closer to coming home.

Having the slight breaks gives us time to take care of our dogs, the house, and attempt to nest bc that didn’t happen how I had planned before he decided to make an appearance. Not to mention, we had moved to an new state just three weeks before I went into labor. This new routine is now just our normal. We do what we can and that’s all we can do. Sending you hugs bc I know this can feel challenging, but I’m told it will be over before we know it.

Edit: Updated drug names bc I don’t know things lol

u/mabebaw · 1 pointr/NICUParents

We just got discharged last week after 158 days in the NICU. Not sure how old the sibling is but this booked really helped introduce our 5 year old to the NiCU. I highly recommend it.

No Bigger than My Teddy Bear

Spending some quality time with the sibling at home. Something as simple as having someone to step in our place and take her to a park/playground was a huge relief.

We had a long NiCU stay and we were quite surprised by how quickly family and friends continued with their normal life. I think just checking in on them, letting them know you are thinking about them is soooo valuable. We sometimes felt like we got sent away to NICU prison and the world forgot about us!

And as everyone has mentioned gift card to the hospital cafeteria or coffee shop nearby are very helpful.

I hope the surgery goes well.

u/totorioto · 6 pointsr/NICUParents

First of all, congratulations! It's a scary way for a little one to enter the world but they grow so fast, you won't believe it.

Because we were overly optimistic about our discharge date, I want to warn you that 4 weeks for a 30 weeker sounds pretty exceptional to me. Usually they tell people to anticipate being home by your due date. It's reasonable to hope for when baby's term (37-38 weeks). We had managed to convince ourselves (in part due to inaccurate reassurances that we received) that we'd be home around 36 weeks, and it's made this last stretch much harder, emotionally.

Everyone processes information differently, so what worked for me might not work for you, but I, anticipating a premie, researched via google all of the common complications. PDA, IVH, NEC, RDS/CLD, ROP (lol it's an alphabet soup!), apneas/bradycardia/desaturations (aka... ABDs). If that sounds terrifying for you, only google ABDs (which aren't actually bad, but which can be a bit scary). Once babe was born, we were also gifted a book ( that was quite helpful for more in depth knowledge.

We set up a meal train in the early days to not have to worry about food and I highly recommend it.

Also, is a great resource for everything breastfeeding/pumping related, if that's the route that you choose/works out for your family.

I probably have more, but I'm exhausted (NICU life! Sigh) - you can scroll through my post history for other advice I've offered if you like.

u/HipposRDangerous · 1 pointr/NICUParents

Take time for yourself and for your husband. As tempting as it is to stay in the NICU 24/7, dont. Be there for hands on time, but make sure you are taking care of you. See if you NICU has this book available. Its an amazing book that helps you get through the NICU experience. I have to warn you though, its has a ton of information so only read the sections that would apply to you.

Take a ton of pictures! You will not believe how quickly those babies will grow. My twins were born at 28 weeks at first I didn't want any pictures because I didn't want to remember the NICU, but I am so glad that I took so many. As heartbreaking, stressful, and exhausting the NICU was, in a way I am so glad.

Also keep a journal of any questions you might have and also write down the answers! I cant tell you how many times I had a question, but I got so distracted that I forgot to ask the doctors or nurses.

Also you have the right to request a nurse to be your primary nurse. This means that any time that nurse is working she will have your kids. If she isn't someone's primary she will most likely agree to it. Alternatively if you have a nurse that you don't like, you can request not to have her again. I had a nurse that I didn't really mesh well with. Her care was okay, but I hated how she treated me and talked to me, so I requested not to have her again. She was pleasant she just talked to me like I was an idiot and refused to let me change my kids' diapers on my own...I'd only been doing that for at least a month by this point.

Anyway I hope your NICU stay is short and sweet. If you ever want to chat or talk feel free to give me a pm. I had my twin boys at 28 weeks and we were in the NICU for 79 days. We almost lost one, but thankfully they are both healthy and home now. :)

u/snarkdarts · 2 pointsr/NICUParents

On the topic of really useful care package items -

Hand sanitizer. Trust me, they will bathe in it now and a couple of months after kiddo comes home.

A reusable beverage cup - think the plastic versions of fast-food drink cups. This was a life saver because yes, hospital air is dry, and when you're nursing or holding a baby it's much easier to sip through a straw than maneuver yourself/baby/recliner to such a way that you can tilt your head back to drink.

Preemie diapers and/or coupons for such. They were so effing hard to find!

Additionally, I would've loved to get this book. It was clearly made by folks who "get it" - my baby book doesn't cover most of my little's first, and biggest, accomplishments!

u/CaptainJackVernaise · 2 pointsr/NICUParents

My daughter was born at 31+4 just like your son. We were in the NICU for 53 days. She is now 13 months and is completely caught up.

Based on the picture you posted, your little guy is doing great. To be off the nasal cannula and breathing unassisted at 6 days is quite an achievement!

One thing that helped us get through the first few weeks was kangaroo care and reading. My wife and I would take turns: I'd read while she held the baby, or she'd read while I held the baby. We read The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts, which helped us to realize that worrying about things that might happen, or fixating on the way things could have been were both pointless exercises in fantasizing about imaginary realities. It became a little easier to just accept the way things were and stay in the present as much as possible.

Enjoy the kangaroo really is precious. A year from now your little bug won't stay put long enough to get a solid cuddle in.

u/PrestigeWombat · 2 pointsr/NICUParents

Our baby girl is oxygen dependent and will be her whole life. We've been home from the NICU for 3 1/2 weeks. These are things that have made my life easier.

Know your babies patterns if she is going home with a monitor. It will help with a lot of stress. I learned that my little one desats and her heart rate goes up momentarily while she poops and that saved us a lot of anxiety.

Get at least one if not 2 extension tubes from your oxygen company. They will make life so much more mobile. If you only need it for travel then ask for the small travel tanks! They're pretty small!!

If you have two floors, many companies will provide you with 2 concentrators, one for each floor, so you don't have to deal with even more tubing.

We hated seeing the stickers on lilys face so we use tegaderm. You can buy it on Amazon in a roll and then just cut small strips. We tape her cannula down by her ears.

Cannulas will get dirty so make sure you watch for gunk build up.

Our little one gets pretty congested from her cannula as well and this is the only suction that works (and we have a hospital grade suction too)

OCCObaby Baby Nasal Aspirator - Safe Hygienic and Quick Battery Operated Nose Cleaner with 3 Sizes of Nose Tips and Oral Snot Sucker for Newborns and Toddlers (Limited Edition)

If you go home with a monitor you'll get used to it :) it's actually quite nice!

And like others said, your babe may need light/noise to sleep because of the NICU. Ours sleeps with a dim light on and then her concentrator makes noise but we also have a music box to help her sleep.

If you ever have any questions don't hesitate to reach out!

u/iukekini · 3 pointsr/NICUParents

Had a 26 weeker that came home with oxygen for about 9 months after discharge. Most of the time he was only on at night or if he got a cold.

Check with your insurance company to see exactly how many sensors they will cover. We found out that our medical supply company was restricting us to 4 a month but our insurance didn't have a limit. If you do have a limit they do sell the sensor wrap separate from the sensor. As they do tend to lose their stick after a couple of days. You can also sometimes find the sensors for cheap on eBay. We also asked every nurse we saw for extra sensors whenever we were at a doctors visit, the ER or a hospital stay.

As for wraps after the sensor, we tried everything but the Posey foam wraps worked the best. They last a long time, soft on the skin, are easy to take on and off, and cheap.

So Tender Grips are terrible and our little one liked to rip them off. But if they do stay on and you need to get them off we used these wipes.

Check with your insurance company about tender grips too. The medical supply companies love to nickel and dime you about this stuff.

Lastly, if you have to do a sleep study to get off the oxygen. Use your pulse ox as well as theirs. The one they gave us for the sleep study wasn't calibrated correctly and was off by 5 points. Which for our little man was the difference between staying on o2 and getting off it.

u/taraclaire · 13 pointsr/NICUParents

O'Keefes Working Hands. My hands were in agony from all of the hand washing. It was the only thing that helped. The stuff in the round container, not the cream.

Also gift to show appreciation for their NICU nurses. Candy, Kind Bars, snacks...That went a long way for us.

u/ime783 · 1 pointr/NICUParents

I’m only 12 days in with my twins’ NICU stay but I’d say and hands-free pumping bra, a notebook/pad to write down everything (weight, feeds, oxygen, Brady-count, & etc), and I found this book called “Preemies ” that was incredibly informative. Good luck!

u/flantagenous · 7 pointsr/NICUParents

Congratulations! Rock n play bassinet - it's a flat surface and rocks. It is not under the rock n play recall because it's completely different.

u/Daktarii · 9 pointsr/NICUParents

Few things I brought second trip that I didn’t think of first time (I’ve had two NICU babies):

Comfortable clothing. Post delivery the pre pregnancy stuff won’t be comfortable nor will the maternity stuff. For summer, I’d do soft cotton dresses, maxi skirt etc for the weeks after delivery. I couldn’t stand stuff touching my incision.
For immediate post op, comfy pajamas. Something you won’t be embarrassed to wear from your room to NICU (I didn’t want to wear hospital gown).

I’d get some soothie pads for your nipples. Your breasts will be super sore and the NICU will want you to pump every 3 hours. Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads for Breastfeeding, 2 Count

Breast feeding bra or tanks of your choice. You probably won’t want anything with an underwire.

Long phone charger (10 feet) bc plug locations aren’t convenient.

Insulated water bottle. You’ll need to drink massive amounts of water post delivery while pumping / breast feeding.

u/chengjih · 3 pointsr/NICUParents

This book is a bit old now, but was helpful to us. There might be other ones now.

It helped to read about other stories. While there, I read Half-Baked and the newsmagazine articles that eventually became this book (it was also a RadioLab episode). Sometime later, there was this book which is an oral history of preemies who have reached adulthood.

u/Jwalk421 · 4 pointsr/NICUParents

I’m working my way through this one while at the nicu. It’s a little outdated but it’s got a ton of valuable info. Shoutout u/phgreene88 for the suggestion 👍🏻

Preemies - Second Edition: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies

u/MorituraZebra · 1 pointr/NICUParents

Seconding all of this.

Only thing I would add is a pumping/nursing cover; I used this shawl (in black) and it worked well. In our NICU, they had pumps in each room so you could pump while spending time with your child. But when nurses/docs/specialists drop in, if you’re pumping, some of them are thrown off enough that they say “oh, I’ll just come back!” and then never do (especially the specialists, and sometimes the residents, in our case). I kept the cover shawl looped around my neck when I was pumping in my LO’s room so that I could drop it over my chest if someone came in, and be able to have a productive conversation about my LO’s care and health instead of having them awkwardly bolt. Most/all of the NICU nurses were totally chill about it in our case, but some of the doctors were skittish enough that I was grateful to have it when needed.

u/EhBlinkin · 1 pointr/NICUParents

The hospital we were at had a program where they gave us 2 of these voice recorders.

We just held them up and read books to them, talked to them for about a 30 minute period. They played them a few times a day at the NICU and we actually still use them for naps and bedtime to this day (the girls are now 2.5)!

u/daybreakinglight · 1 pointr/NICUParents

Poly vi sol made my 30 weeker desat bc it tasted so bad. We used novaferrum instead and it caused no issues at all and tastes WAY better.

NovaFerrum Multivitamin with Iron Supplement for Infants and Toddlers 50 mL

u/PuppiesandProsecco · 1 pointr/NICUParents

This book is so helpful for NICU parents; Preemies - Second Edition: The...

u/sylviaplath1963 · 1 pointr/NICUParents


This is a phenomenal resource for parents.