How long was your premature baby in the NICU?

Kelso - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 245 moms have responded )

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My baby is still in the NICU.

I expect to have him home at the beginning of January, '10.

By then it will have been 4 months having my baby in the NICU..

But he is doing so good he may even get to come home sooner!

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Cassandra - posted on 01/07/2010

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my son was in nicu from august till october when i first met his doctor she said he wouldnt be released any early then mid november but he should drastic improvement and he got to go home..i hated the drive because they halo flighted him to another town but i would rather my baby be there safe and gettin the right kind of care then home where there is no 24/7 doctor.good luck and get some sleep if this is your first baby.

Rachael - posted on 01/07/2010

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My gorgeous twin girls were born on xmas eve 09 at 32 weeks they are still in special care at the momment and doing very well . They weighed 3lb 12oz and 3lb 2oz. The youngest twin has been a bit poorly these last few days with an infection but is alittle fighter and getting better the oldest twin is gaining weight and guzzling milk like no tomorrow !

We are hoping that they will be out by end of january i am praying anyway i am missing them so much

Erin - posted on 01/07/2010

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I hope your son comes home soon! My little boy was born at 35 weeks and was in the NICU for 2 days.

Farrah - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter was born at 32 wks. December 11,2007. She weighed 4 pds and was 44 cm long. She came home January 2,2008. She had to weigh 5pds and drink from a bottle on her own before they let her leave. The staff was great, the nurses called themselves aunties. My daughter is now 2yrs and is doing great. She's a ball of energy. She weighs 23pds and is very tall for her age.

Mary-Ann - posted on 01/02/2010

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Hi Happy New Year. My Baby was due on Oct 29. She was born on Agust 22. 10 weeks early. She was perfect in every way but her heart and weght. she was 2lbs and 11ounces. 16 inches long. She want home at 4.9, The doctor said all she needed to do was to grow and that she could do that at home better thatn being at the Hospital. Her heart had a murmor. and they would do sergery later in lafe due it was not life treatinning. She had it done a age 5. now she is very normal and very active. Smart like you wouldn't believe. Still Small. She is 8 years now. 52 lbs and and 52 inches. I wish you the best. Always know that you can always count on me to at least to give yousome kind of moral support.

Kristy - posted on 01/02/2010

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my sweet girl was in there 10 weeks she was 26 weeks gestation 1 pd 14 oz! She was what they called a grower~feeder. She was fine just tiny. She is 2 now and perfectly healthy

Bobbie - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter was born two and half months early (30 weeks). She stayed in the NICU for 43 days.. Now she is 18 months and healthy and very happy little girl!

Samantha - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son was born at 28 weeks, weighed 3lbs 2 ozs. and stayed in the NICU for 26 days. The dr's were surprised at how quickly he improved.

Ellen - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son was in NICU for three months and was born 27 weeks early. He was 2 lb 9 oz.

Bethany - posted on 01/02/2010

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I just got to bring my baby home on Christmas Day! She was in the NICU for about 6-7 weeks. She was born at 28 weeks. I know this time is very tough, but you will get thru and you'll have a beautiful baby at home in the end. Just keep asking questions and stay tuned in to what is going on with your little one. As a mom it's tough, not knowing what will happen. But just have faith and you and your baby will be together very soon! :)

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The first one was born at 29 weeks, 3 lbs 14 ozs, and in for 5 weeks. The second was born at 25 weeks, 1 lb 12 ozs, and in for 3 1/2 months (her due date).

Rachael - posted on 01/01/2010

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Mu daughter was born 13 weeks early and weighed 785 grams. She was in NICU for 3 months, was out for a week then got bronchialitis and was put on life support. She was in for another week. Now 2 1/2 and very small but really well.

Alexis - posted on 01/01/2010

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I had twins aug 19th at 28 1/2 weeks at 2 lbs 10 oz & 2 lbs 11 oz.They told us in the NICU that they wouldnt come home till at or near thier Nov 7th due date, but they did so well that they were home 5 1/2 weeks later when they would have been exactly 34 weeks. They were 4 lbs 2 oz & 4 lbs 6 oz. Now at 4 1/2 months they are both 8 lbs 3 oz and continue to do wonderfully!

Alexis - posted on 01/01/2010

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I had twins aug 19th at 28 1/2 weeks at 2 lbs 10 oz & 2 lbs 11 oz.They told us in the NICU that they wouldnt come home till at or near thier Nov 7th due date, but they did so well that they were home 5 1/2 weeks later when they would have been exactly 34 weeks. They were 4 lbs 2 oz & 4 lbs 6 oz. Now at 4 1/2 months they are both 8 lbs 3 oz and continue to do wonderfully!

Alexis - posted on 01/01/2010

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I had twins aug 19th at 28 1/2 weeks at 2 lbs 10 oz & 2 lbs 11 oz.They told us in the NICU that they wouldnt come home till at or near thier Nov 7th due date, but they did so well that they were home 5 1/2 weeks later when they would have been exactly 34 weeks. They were 4 lbs 2 oz & 4 lbs 6 oz. Now at 4 1/2 months they are both 8 lbs 3 oz and continue to do wonderfully!

Kristina - posted on 12/31/2009

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we were lucky with my daughter she got to come home at 3 weeks. She was born at 3 lbs 10 oz and she is now a happy and healthy 3 year old

Rachael - posted on 12/31/2009

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my son was born 8 weeks early and was in the nicu for 4 weeks.. we stayed at 1 hospital for a week and then transfered to a hospital closer to home for an other 3 weeks he was 4lbs 8 ozs.. He is now a happy healthy soon to be 9 year old terror... who we luv very much. think positivley :)

Nicolene - posted on 12/31/2009

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Quoting Kelso:

How long was your preemie baby in the NICU?

My baby is still in the NICU.
I expect to have him home at the beginning of January, '10.
by then it will have been 4 months.
But he is doing so good he may even get to come home sooner!



Is your son home now?

Nicolene - posted on 12/31/2009

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My son was born at 35 weeks and stayed in the NICU for 12 days. He's healthy and in my eyes he's developing normally.

Kari - posted on 12/31/2009

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My latest addition spent 4 months in hosp between nicu and special care and now home on oxygen. She is 10 months and growing very well.

Marie - posted on 12/31/2009

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My little girl was born 4 lbs 4 oz at 34 weeks. She was in the NICU for just 11 days!! But she's almost 2 months old now and still on oxygen at home.

Jennifer - posted on 12/31/2009

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my baby has been home for 9 days!!He spent 126 days in the Nicu.Dylan was born Aug 18 at 27 weeks.He weighed 2lb 5 ozs.

Brittany - posted on 12/27/2009

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Quoting jessica :

my daughter was born 24 weeks 1lb 8 oz and is still in nicu it will be 6 months the 18th



My son was born at 24 weeks at 1 lb 7 oz and is still in the NICU also, he just turned 8 months old.

Samantha - posted on 12/26/2009

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My little girl was born at 36 weeks and spent 6 days in the NICU, then 5 days at a level 2 hospital so she could be closer to home. She was taken from me the night she was born and transferred to the NICU in Boston (a good hour from me). I was released the next day so I could go up there and see her. We weren't able to stay in Boston with her, so we had to drive back and forth everyday. It was very hard on us.

Thank goodness she is home and healthy now!

Valerie - posted on 12/25/2009

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My son was born at 32 weeks weighing 3 lbs 12 oz and was in the NICU for 3 weeks and 1 day.

Becky - posted on 12/19/2009

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My daughter was a 24 weeker and spent 137 days in the nicu. She could have came home earlier, but they wanted to monitor her eyes....she ended up with stage 4b ROP in her left eye and stage 5 ROP in her right. She is now still leagaly blind but has some vision (less than 20/800) after 7 surgeries.

Lindsy - posted on 12/17/2009

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my Daughter was a 25 weeker, 690g, and was on NICU for 151 days, she had serious lung damage though, so nothing to go off. hope you get your little one home very soon. Message me if you need to talk. i can talk for hours lol. x

Gina - posted on 12/15/2009

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2 months and 8 days. She was born 14 weeks early. How early was your baby born? I wish you the best of luck and hope he comes home soon!

Jennifer - posted on 12/15/2009

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I had my son 8 weeks early, at 32 weeks and he spent 3 weeks and 5 days in the NICU

Theresa - posted on 12/15/2009

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I was lucky, and had my son in the NICU for only 3 weeks, born at almost 34 weeks.

Melissa - posted on 12/14/2009

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I had a set of twins that were in the nicu for 2 days then were in contious care for 5 more days. a total of 7 days!

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My youngest son R.J was in the N.I.C.U for a month. He is turning 3 years old on the 29th of this month. He was so lifeless at first. Now he is doing a lot better. He has several health conditions now though. He has asthma, which he has to have 2-3 breathing treatments a day. He developed phenmonia when he was just 2 weeks old, which caused his right lung to collapse. He also developed R.S.V at only a few days old. R.J was born at 2 months premature. I am very proud to say that R.J is doing wonderful now. He does have a speech delay and has speech therapy twice a week, and he will probably have it throughout his school years as well.



I really wish you all the best with your little boy. Just keep your hopes high and keep your faith in God

Taneshia - posted on 12/13/2009

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my son came home on his 12th day of life. he was born like 4 weeks early weighed 3lbs and 8 oz at birth, he could breath on his own and didnt have any complications at birth. they just kept him to monitor his growth. the hardest thing was seeing the other mothers go home with their children and i couldnt, seeing the them with their children in their rooms was hard for me. it didnt hit me until i was discharged and had to go home alone with my hubby. i cried my eyes out that night. i was one of the lucky women whose preemie didnt have to stay too long and was overall healthy. he is doing better now he had some complications later own due to other things. he is 5 now.

Erin - posted on 12/12/2009

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My daughter was in the NICU for 4 months. She was born at 23 weeks at 1 lb. 3 ozs. The doctors usually try to have them home by their original due date. Well as close as possible given there are no major complecations, of coarse. She was released from the hospital just a few days after my original due date, but was still on oxygen. She remained on the oxygen for six months. It made things at home a little harder with a newborn, but we made it through.

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My daughter was born 11 weeks early and spent 50 days in the NICU. We came home 4 weeks prior to her due date. She was considered a "feeder/grower" at this point, and they trusted that we could keep up with her at home. Looking back it really did go by fast, but at the time, I felt like it was the longest wait of my life.

HAYLEY - posted on 12/10/2009

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My daughter was born at 28weeks weighing 1lb 11oz and was in for 9 weeks and was allowed home weighing 3lb 7oz, my son was born at 32 weeks weighing 3lb 3oz and spent 3weeks in hospital and also came home at 3lb 7oz.

Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son was born 6 1/2 weeks early and stayed in the hospital 20 days. He weighed 3lbs 8oz and was only 10 1/2 inches long! He is now 20 years old and very healthy. The younger years are very tough for the parents and children, I did it being a single mom. I was totally by myself and spent may may nights, weeks at the hospital after his birth. The hospital visit pretty much stop by the time he was 5 yrs. So just hang in there as it is a very tough road. Just keep the faith!!

Shaun - posted on 12/09/2009

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My daughter was born at 32 weeks weighing 2 pound 14 ounces. She was in NICU for exactly 5 weeks,

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2009

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My daighter was due December 9th but was born August 30 of 2008. She weighed only 1lb and 10oz she was released from the hospital Noverber 25th of 2008. So she was in the NICU for about 3 months. She is doing great. My prayer are with you and your family.

Yesenia - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

My son was born 6 weeks early and only spent 11 days in the NICU. The docs led us to believe that he would have to stay in until he was "term". But he did so well that we got to bring him home just before Christmas... the best gift of all!


My son was born at 27.4 weeks old in November. 3lb 2oz and with a due date of January 16th. They said he would stay until then. But we got the best Christmas present that year. After 52 days in the NICU he came home 5 days before. 

Angela - posted on 12/08/2009

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My daughter was born 7 weeks early. 3lbs 13 oz and was in the NICU for 2 weeks. She's now 4 years old and doing great!

User - posted on 12/08/2009

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The normally go home on your due date. My son was born oct. 29 and my due date was Jan 8. He came home for xmas eve. Hoping he is home for xmas. Hang in there.

Alyse - posted on 12/08/2009

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i know what you are going through. My daughter was in the Nicu for 4 months. She just came home two weeks ago on oxygen. She has to go to speech, physical therapy and a pulmonologist. Hoping to be off the oxygen by the end of december or early january.

Tabitha - posted on 12/08/2009

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My daughter was in the NICU for 1 week and half and she had a really hard time at first and she is 21 months now and you cant even tell she was born early

Tabitha - posted on 12/08/2009

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My daughter was in the NICU for 1 week and half and she had a really hard time at first and she is 21 months now and you cant even tell she was born early

Vanessa - posted on 12/07/2009

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My son was in the NICU for 105 days. Daniel was born at 23 weeks +4 days....weigh 1lb 9oz.

Samantha - posted on 01/18/2010

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My baby stayed in the NICU for 3 months then he went to the progressive unit for 1 month weighing, 1lb at birth, he weighed 4lbs when he came home from the hospital, now he is 14yrs old, doing GREAT haven't had any problems with his health and I GIVE ALL THANKS TO GOD.......

Glenda - posted on 01/16/2010

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Hi my premature baby is now 16 years old and 6ft 4 inches!! He was in hospital just short of 6 weeks. I found the hardest part was maintaining breastfeeding, especially when your baby is born before the sucking reflex develops. Amazingly though at around 4 months when I visited a maternal and child health clinic I was told I was "over feeding" him - because he was so big and had gained a lot of weight really fast - I had started a small amount of solids as the milk didn't seem to settle him (he never seemed full), this was recommended by my doctor and it worked fantastic. I'm not sure what was the 'miracle' in those early years of his development, as you would never tell that he was born 3 months early. I was very fussy about his food, offered everything and to this day have never offered my children caffeine drinks or high salt/fat/sugar diets, just lots of fruit veg meats dairy etc - who knows.

Gretchen - posted on 01/16/2010

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I had my son at 27 weeks. My baby stayed in the NICU for 86 days. He is now a healthy 2 1/2 year old! I am excepting our second son, he is due Marc 23rd 2010. I am 30 weeks and 4 days right now!

Susan - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter was born at 35 weeks but only 2.6 lbs. She spent only 21 days in the NICU and came home weighing 3 1/2 lbs!! Any time having a baby in the NICU is tough, but I doubt there is a mother out there who didn't completely trust the wonderful nurses who cared for her baby! It was hard to leave her (she was in another state), but I called the nurses every time I woke up to pump breast milk and they gave me a report. NICU nurses are angels and they love your baby!!!!

Katie - posted on 01/15/2010

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Both of my babies were in the NICU. My first daughter was born at 30 weeks. She was born on February 5th and came home March 1st. My second daughter was born at 32 weeks. She was born May 14th and came home May 30th. We were very fortunate!

Lindsay - posted on 01/14/2010

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My first premature baby was in the NICU for 7 days she was born at 34 wks my second child was full erm so she didnt go there at all but my third child was born at 30 wks and spent just over 2 months

Jade - posted on 11/11/2009

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My baby was in the NICU for almost 3months he was a 24weeker 1lb 10oz He was a little fighter! He was born march 21st 09 so 7months ago hes correct age is 4months

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