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My little boy

I was having pregnancy issues due to high blood pressure and was told to rest from 25 weeks. This didn't help so around 32 weeks my blood pressure was still climbing my baby went into distress. I was admitted for an emergency cesarean.  Not wanting to take further risks I was given an epidural and my son was born weighing 3lb 10oz (1.4kgs) and 7 1/2 weeks preemie.

He was so tiny as my placenta hadn't been feeding him properly. He was taken to NICU where I didn't get to see him till the following day, other than a polaroid they gave me.

The family came and told me that he reminded them of ET - not a great thing to hear when you haven't seen your son yourself! He was in his incubator & although I wanted to hold him could not - all I could do was caress him through the little doors and around all those tubes.

I managed to express milk for the nurses to feed him. It was nearly 2 weeks before I could hold him, he was so tiny when they handed him to me he disappeared into the blankets and I had to open them to find him. At 5 weeks he was at 5 1/2 lb (2.5 kgs) and they allowed him to come home, fortunately he had a great sucking reflex and fed well.

He was still so tiny that I couldn't find clothes for him here - he wore a 000000, fortunately my sister in law was in England where they have fabulous preemie stores and sent my some clothes. Since then we are able to find  a better range of preemie clothes here too.  It took about 2 years for him to catch up to others of his age - he had such a cute pixie look about him.  

It was a hard time with my 3 year old at home & my preemie in the hospital. Not being allowed to drive and having to go everyday into the hospital while managing time for my older son, expressing milk & day to day family life. But it's not forever and the rewards are always worth any sacrifice!

My son is now 19 and a strapping young man, you'd never know other than looking at his early childhood photos that he was preemie.

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