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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 02:39 AM   21
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Alex is so beautiful you can really see her growing and getting big - and those cheeky cheeks are adorable x

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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 03:05 AM   22
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Matthew looks great too honey! He's gonna be a star!

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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 03:46 AM   23
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Oh my, I love this thread and all those cute babes!!!!!

Here is Rose, on her birthday in the nicu, a few days later in scbu and then a few days ago at home. Still dont know why she came early, my due date was the 31st Aug!

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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 11:47 AM   24
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My 3yr old premmie! Born at 32wks due to placenta abruption I will try and add pics of my other 2 when i can find them out. All your babies are gorgoues

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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 13:53 PM   25
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Alex - is beautiful! I love her hair!! She managed to keep most of hers? Lakai got the NICU hair cut a bunch of times!!

Matthew - Is so handsome! I agree he is going to be a star...

Lakai is trying to type right he must want me to say HELLO!

Rose is so precious and perfect!

Momof4 - Great pictures..the last one warmed my heart!

Thanks for sharing ladies!

Keep it up preemie mommas!

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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 14:59 PM   26
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Hooray for all the brave mommies of Preemies-we rock!!

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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 15:37 PM   27
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OMG our babies are sooooooo cute! here is Molly. She was born at 29+1 due to preeclampsia weighing 2lb 4oz. She is now nearly 8 months old and weighing 13lb 10oz. She is a very happy baby and I love her soooo much!

This is Molly shortly after being born

Her first cuddle with daddy
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At home still on oxygen
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Without oxygen at 3.5 months
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A recent pic
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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 17:51 PM   28
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Wow Molly is such a little heart breaker!

I agree preemie mom's ROCK!

I don't know if I have shared this before but....

How Preemie Moms Are Chosen
(Adapted from Erma Bombeck)

Did you ever wonder how the mothers of premature babies are chosen?
Somehow, I visualize God hovering over Earth, selecting his instruments
for propagation with great care and deliberation.
As he observes, he instructs his angels to take notes in a giant ledger.
"Beth Armstrong, son. Patron Saint, Matthew. Marjorie Forrest, daughter.
Patron Saint, Celia. Carrie Rutledge, twins. Patron Saint ... give her Gerard.
He's used to profanity."
Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles. "Give her a preemie."
The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy."
"Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a premature baby a mother who knows no laughter?
That would be cruel." "But does she have the patience?" asks the angel.
"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she'll drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it.
I watched her today.
She has that sense of self and independence so rare and so necessary in a mother.
You see, the child I'm going to give her has a world of its own.
She has to make it live in her world, and that's not going to be easy."
"But Lord, I don't think she even believes in you."
God smiles. "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect.
She has just the right amount of selfishness."
The angel gasps, "Selfishness?! Is that a virtue?"
God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive.
Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect.
She doesn't know it yet, but she is to be envied.
She will never take for granted a spoken word.
She will never consider a step ordinary.
When her child says 'mama' for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it.
I will permit her to see clearly the things I see – ignorance, cruelty, prejudice – and allow her to rise above them.
She will never be alone.
I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side."
"And what about her Patron Saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in the air.
God smiles. "A mirror will suffice."

Thats for all of you awesome preemie mommas!

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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 19:05 PM   29
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Abby Elizabeth - 11 weeks early

Abby didn't come early, they went in and got her out. Thankfully (although it didn't feel that way at the time) I had a spell in hospital in London for a week when she was at 26 weeks and they gave me the steroids. It was another 3 and a half weeks before she was born so she was a nice and healthy 3lbs 7oz. She required minimal care in NNICU and came home 6 and a half weeks later at 6lbs. She's now 18 weeks (7 weeks corrected) and is 10lbs 3 and has a healthy set of lungs on her!

Indulge me, as I too am about to hog a page!

1 day old, just a bit bigger than daddy's hands.

Mummy's first cuddle

1 week old.

Graduated to the cot at 4 weeks

Home at last at 6 and a half weeks

Posing at 10 weeks

Laughing at 17 weeks

18 weeks and happy to be dressed like a girl for a change!!

Yesterday, and less than impressed with Daddy's bubble mohican!

Looking at all the pictures here brings a lump to my throat remembering those early days, but my, what a bunch of bonny bairns we all have. I love the one with the pint glass. I can't imagine having Abby home that wee, we were scared to pick her up at that point!

Well done ladies.

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Old Aug 28th, 2009, 20:16 PM   30
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Awe bless Abby she is a cutie pie!!!

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