8 weeks premature-9 weeks old

Courtney - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My son was 8 weeks premature and will be 9 weeks old tomorrow. When should we expect to see our first smile?

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Courtney - posted on 06/09/2010

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Nicole...the retina specialist said everything looked really good...phew!! That was hard to go through...so glad it is over!!!

Allison - posted on 06/08/2010

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My kids were right on with their GESTATIONAL age. So my daughter who was 8 weeks early smiled at about 14 weeks (so 6 weeks old gestationally, which is when they say most babies smile). My son was 6 weeks early and smiled at about 13 weeks and my youngest son was 4 weeks early and smiled at about 9 weeks.
They did the same for other milestones. They did them when the doctor said they should, but not on their actual age- at their gestational age.

Nicole - posted on 06/07/2010

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Courtney, glad that happened for you on an awful day. I hate going to the eye specialists with Rhiannon! Fortunately, she got an all-clear in October after months of visits every week or two, so we didn't have to go back until April, and now she won't have to be back until NEXT April! Amazing!
Good luck with your little one's eyes!

Marcie - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son was 8 weeks premie also and weighed 3lbs 4oz 16inches. We didn't truley start to see a really good smile out of him till he was about 2-3months old. But he was doing half grins and stuff in the NICU b-4 we got to bring him home, we weren't able to bring him home till 56 days later.

Courtney - posted on 06/03/2010

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Thanks ladies!!! He will be 12 weeks on Saturday and did it today!! Look at me and smiled from ear to ear more than once. It was so sweet...made me cry a little!! I kept talking and he kept smiling:)



I needed that after yesterday because we had our retina specialist appt. Everything was fine but what a traumatic experience!!

Nicole - posted on 05/30/2010

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my little girl was 14 weeks early in mid-May, and she gave me the first smile sometime in late-September, with the first real laugh a couple of weeks later! she was about 4.5 months, or about 1 month old adjusted, which is "early," i think...she's 1 now and is trying to stand and walk with help, even though she hasn't mastered sitting up from the floor yet! such a dreamer!

Kiaisha - posted on 05/29/2010

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well i have 3 premature children @2lbs @4lbs @3lbs my baby is now 2months but my due date was may 3 so she is really only a few weeks by her brain. my doc said start from my due date. even though she 2 mth she does things a 1 month old would do. do you follow what i am saying. they will be on a delay

Jodi - posted on 05/28/2010

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My little boy is the same age, and gave me his first smile yesterday =] It was beautiful, your little man should start soon xx

Mollie - posted on 05/27/2010

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Mine was 8 wks early, and I think she also smiled at around 3.5 or 4 mos. She's now 18 mos old, and is an ebullient, smart little girl. ...I just want to say to you moms of younger premies that it really is true that they will catch up over time and flourish. And I want to congratulate you for having gotten through the shock and trauma of an early birth. Even tho' the docs say 8 wks is not so early with modern medicine, it can still be a huge shock for the parents. It makes the 1st smile all the more rewarding when it does come!

Melissa - posted on 05/23/2010

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Hi courntney my little girl was born 8 weeks and 2 days early on the 19th of march 2010 and sometimes i think she is smiling but maybe not i cant ait until she does i see our littles ones were born around the same time :)

Mistik - posted on 05/21/2010

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As Nancy says, you need a "corrected age". This is the age the child would be if born on his due date. Example...my boys were born Dec 14 at 32 weeks...they are 5 1/2 months, but 3 1/2 MONTHS "corrected age". They get gas smiles at 2 months and real smiles at 4-5 months. My boys are "catching-up" to their age group and giggle regularly...IT"S GREAT...GOOD LUCK!!

Nancy - posted on 05/19/2010

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don't forget to adjust his age. gestationally, he is only one month old, so it may not happen for another couple of months, so don't be discouraged. Give him a chance to catch up. The closer he gets to two years old, the faster they catch up. My son was 9 weeks early and didn't smile until he was 3 or 4 months old.

Jodi - posted on 05/17/2010

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My health visitor said it will probably be around 4 months, I'm looking forward to it!! =D

Jen - posted on 05/16/2010

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My daughter was born on May 13 at 28 weeks gestation. She didn't smile till late August. I hope you get one sooner than that but know it's coming and when you get it, it will be well worth the wait!! My girl is 2 now and has the best smile ever!! Good luck with everything.x

Tania - posted on 05/16/2010

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My little guy was 10 weeks early and we got smiles at about 3.5 - 4 months.

Kara - posted on 05/16/2010

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The twins were 13 weeks early and we finally got reall good smiles at about 8 months old!! Worth the wait and they are priceless....Congrats on your new bundle of joy and God Bless you for your journes so far and what is to come!!

Becky - posted on 05/16/2010

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my daughter was 8 weeks early and we didn't see her first real smile until 3.5 months. we saw reflex smiles in the nicu though.

Dana - posted on 05/15/2010

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My little one was 9 weeks early and his first genuine smiles (not gas) started around the 4 month mark. Now he is all smiles and giggles quite regularly , he will be 5 mos in a couple days.

Susan - posted on 05/15/2010

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my son was 8 weeks early. I didnt see a smile until almost 4 months old. but 4 mos is the normal range

Courtney - posted on 05/15/2010

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Thanks Emily...thats what I thought. The doctor asked at the 2 month check up if he had smiled at us yet. He is really alert and I think it is coming soon:)

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