Katie - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )
My daughter Karlie was born on May 20, 2008 at 26 weeks gestation. She weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces and spent 74 days in the NICU. We were vacationing in Corpus Chrisit when she surprised us. She spent two weeks in the NICU there before she was stable enough to be transferred to San Antonio's Christus Santa Rosa - home for us. 74 days in the NICU was a long time, but she never had any big problems. She was blessed with strong lungs, heart, and digestive system. Karlie's in perfect health now! Except for her 6 day stay in the hospital in Dec '09 with RSV and pneumonia (because she didn't "qualify" for synagis [BS!]), she hasn't had any health problems. She started sitting, crawling, walking, and talking behind schedule, but that's to be expected. Everyday she's saying a new word and we can't wait to celebrate her 2nd birthday!
The hardest part for me was that I had a 2 year old daughter at home that was pretty traumatized by the whole thing. She had never spent a night away (or day, for that matter) from me before, so when I was in CC recovering from a c-section, she was in San Antonio with my mother-in-law. She still has some pretty bad attachment/abandonment issues today :( But she is getting better.
What was the hardest part for you with your baby in the NICU? How is your preemie doing today?