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Old Feb 15th, 2017, 20:20 PM   2341
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Rebecca fabulous news about the high school volunteer. I couldn't imagine going back to work right away. I was SO wanting Bernie to get in for you guys, you might have stood a chance at women's benefits like mat. leave and better healthcare but well, maybe in another 4 years America might get another opportunity to vote for those things



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2017, 22:51 PM   2342
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The scan did not go well. At 35+5, he is estimated at 4lb 12oz and they are going to deliver him tomorrow. I'm in hospital now, unable to sleep. He was breech at the scan. I'm praying he has turned (midwife thought he might have done), so I can have an induction. Otherwise it's a CS in 5 hours' time.
My poor baby will most likely need to go to SCBU and I don't know how he will be. I'm so worried but excited to meet him.



 
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Old Feb 16th, 2017, 00:00 AM   2343
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The scan did not go well. At 35+5, he is estimated at 4lb 12oz and they are going to deliver him tomorrow. I'm in hospital now, unable to sleep. He was breech at the scan. I'm praying he has turned (midwife thought he might have done), so I can have an induction. Otherwise it's a CS in 5 hours' time.
My poor baby will most likely need to go to SCBU and I don't know how he will be. I'm so worried but excited to meet him.
Ellie you've done your very best and at 4lbs 12 (mine were 4 14) he will do just fine. They'll likely put a feeding tube in his nose and he may use this for a few days and then they'll start him on a slow feeder and then a faster regular nipple. He'll likely be in a heated bed for a week and then out in a regular bassinet for a few days before you take him home. They'll show you how to change his nappy with all of the cathodes attached and do a bath with you. They'll also want you to bf and ensure your latch is good. It's a slow guided introduction to your cherub. And he'll have the skinniest little bum you've ever seen. Take a photo of things that shock you because in a week or two his little bum and legs will fatten right up and it'll be a memory. I have very few photos of those early days and none of them naked. I guess I really like to hold onto every memory but I was so busy running back & forth & preoccupied with my own health concerns I didn't take enough photos in the NICU. What I did like is they gave us the tiny itsy blood pressure cuffs and cathodes for them to keep. And a few really cute knitted caps.
I hope this gives you an idea what it might be like. They'll set you up on a really good schedule before you go home. I almost feel lucky my babies had some time in the NICU, the nurses really helped set us up for success. Rebecca would you agree?



 
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Old Feb 16th, 2017, 05:34 AM   2344
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Ellicain I'm sorry to hear. I know you're disappointed and I totally get that! My son joe was 4lb 13oz whe he left the NICU at 5 weeks.
My babies were born a few ounces short of 3 pounds.
Don't worry so much about the weight, he'll catch up pretty quickly. At 35+ weeks he'll probably be eating pretty well by bottle already, he may need assistance breathing but likely not.
Don't worry, it's not as scary as it sounds.
I hope you can deliver vaginally but if not CS is a good option.
We're here for you if you need any support!

Hugs and can't wait for the pictures of your LO!



 
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Old Feb 16th, 2017, 06:46 AM   2345
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First off, thinking of you Ellie Belle. Modern technology is so awesome; I'm so glad for all of us that we are living in THIS era and getting the medical care that we do. All the best for your delivery hun, I'll be checking in regularly to see how you are doing (IF you feel like updating ). Xx hugs!!

I'm smitten with all the gorgeous pics of little bubs!!

Froggy- nice to hear from you, Gage looks like a happy little baby. I'm glad that you are doing well with feedings and that he is growing well.

Also glad to hear that Alisa is picking up weight Rebecca. Good job! And how nice re the high school volunteer, it should definitely help if she can take your busy toddler off your hands just for a while! I think your dd will enjoy the exclusive attention too.

Rq- thanks for the Vday wishes, your twins are just scrumptious

2have - your family pics are delightful. You all look really happy and tranquil even though I can't imagine it's always tranquil having 3 small daughters, you captured the best part of it!

Afm- I was made to be a mom lol I enjoy it SO MUCH! My studies, my job etc in which I always take pride- nothing compares to this. Can't wait for #2 already haha. I think it's easier because he sleeps 5-6 hours at a time at night so I'm not tired. The only thing I'm struggling with is very, very low milk supply. I try to bf a few times a day, then I pump as well and mix the few oz I get from pumping with formula for 3-4 bottles a day. I had breast surgery a few years ago and have started to suspect that my glandular tissue got damaged. But I'm doing what I can re getting some breast milk in his lil tummy . Motherhood = happiness. Oh and H has agreed to counselling.



 
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Old Feb 16th, 2017, 10:05 AM   2346
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Fern I'm so happy that H agreed to counseling that's great news! I hope you guys can work it out!
I'm sorry you're struggling with a low supply, it can be really frustrating. You're doing the best you can for your LO and that's the most important!



 
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Old Feb 16th, 2017, 10:59 AM   2347
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Thinking of you today Ellie, looking forward to an update and picture of finlo.

Fern that's so awesome that you can start counseling together. You both will just have to keep in mind that you didn't get where you are over night, so your solution won't be over night either. Big hugs to you! Also, I know what you mean about feeling like you were meant to be a mother. Every second of every day is so amazing no matter how tired I am. I would go through our struggle ten more times just knowing that I get my little boy out of it, he is worth it!



 
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Old Feb 16th, 2017, 13:47 PM   2348
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Hi all

Gosh Ellie i'm thinking of you! Hope you get your V birth but a section is ok honest its interesting how they see things differently only across the bridge. My boy is not much different to yours and they are not worried so you may be surprised when he is born and he will be bigger and stronger than you think. The other girls have given great explanations - my first Harrison was in SCBU and they are brilliant with them it will be hard to see Finlo with tubes etc but you will be surprised how quickly he will be home with you and it will be all go and you may even miss the help they give

Fern i'm so pleased H has agreed to getting help and also i'm pleased you are LOVING motherhood how exciting! I'm also praying my boy sleeps as Harrison didn't sleep for 6hrs until his second birthday!!

All the pictures are gorgeous!

Well as for me I had an appointment today too and it didn't go exactly to plan! I have to see the cardiologists tomorrow as my heart is doing a few funny things (nothing i'm worried about as happened last pregnancy too) but they are playing safe so thats ok with me. I have been given a date for section of 8th March assuming the cardiologists don't bring it forward....which i'll know tomorrow. They also said that i may not make it that long and go into natural labour. Think i'm the last....

Ellie hope you are ok!



 
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Ninbec I'm sorry that you're having heart issues I hope the cardiologist does not find anything concerning.
If you go into labor naturally will they let you try for a VBAC?
Good luck today I hope it goes well



 
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Old Feb 16th, 2017, 17:15 PM   2350
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Fern I'm so glad you're enjoying motherhood this much AND thst your OZ
H agreed to counselling! Were you able to get done colostrum? That's the liquid gold and if you were able to get some to baby G you've done your part for his immune system. The rest is all about bonding & feeding, both of which you can happily do with putting him to the boob & formula supplementation. I'm sorry it hasn't come in as you liked but it sounds like you're doing a fabulous job with what you've got. Great news all around

Nimbec sorry to hear about your heart issues, hopefully it's ok and you & baby are fine xx

Ellie I can't wait to hear from you. I hope everything went ok!

We just got back from our 40 week gestation GP appt and the girls are 7 pounds 7 ounces and 7 pounds 9 ounces. Teagan has a herniated belly button which she said will go away naturally and Piper got a perscription to help her with her reflux. They have strong necks, Teagan can almost lift her head by herself.



 
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