How long were your babies in the NICU?

Britney - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 470 moms have responded )

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I just had my daughter 16 days ago (christmas =] ) and her gestational age was 33 and 4/7 weeks. She weighed 3 pounds 4.5 ounces and is now up to 3 pounds 14.6 ounces and gaining every day. It seems like the stay here is dragging on though, and it's starting to get kind of depressing being here. Just wondering about other mom and baby NICU experiences.

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Tachanie - posted on 06/22/2010

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hey guys .. I had my daughter november 2005 n she was in the NICU from november unntill march , it was the most stressful nd emotional experince in my life so far..

Stephanie - posted on 06/21/2010

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I had my son at 35 weeks, he was in the NICU for only 14 days. Looking at him today you would never guess that he was 5 weeks early, his doctor said he is way ahead of his game. Good Luck to all Mommys with babies in the NICU, its a tough time!

Kirstin - posted on 06/20/2010

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I had my wee boy, Calum 10 weeks early. He weighed 3lbs 4ozs. He was in NICU for 4 days, then into special care. He was in special care for 3 weeks. Then into the transitional care unit for 9 days. I was in hospital a total of 20 days. It was hard to in hospital for so long especially with your hormones being up and down, doesn't help, either. But it is worth it when you have your baby home. I realise that the midwives do an incredible job and i am so grateful to them. Calum is 17 weeks old and a healthy 9lbs now. Keep your chin up!! I couldn't have done without my partner, Stuart. He took good care of our other two sons and brought them up to the hospital to see me and their little brother.

Liz - posted on 06/20/2010

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Is weight the only criteria they've given you for her discharge? Normally NICUs don't go by weight anymore, but by the child's ability to eat, breathe and self-regulate temperature.

My daughter was behind in all these criteria, then suddenly achieved all of them within about 3 days. We went from 'not coming home for ages yet' to 'coming home the day after tomorrow'. She did have to have a monitor, as she had a tendency to stop breathing from time to time, but thankfully they took this away after only 7 weeks.

Sonja - posted on 06/20/2010

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My 10 years old son was in the NICU 4 weeks and my 5 year old son was in the NICU 4.5 weeks. Stay positive and keep touching her and talking to her. If they let you feed her and hold her I would do it as much as you can. It's a stressful situation but if you stay focused that as soon as she reaches 5Ibs she will be home. Remember when they have hours that you can't be in the room. Take a walk, get food, have a friend or family member come eat lunch or dinner with you. Great time to read or plan for her home coming. Before you know it she will be home and then time will seem like it flew by. It can put alot of stress on you and your other half. But stay strong and positive. If you would like talk to you can email me sonjabroyer@gmail.com

Liz - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter was born on 5th Jan, at 28 weeks. I was warned that she would probably stay until roughly her due date, 27th March, but she anticipated this by a week in the end. She was there about 11 and a half weeks total.

At the time it felt like it was taking forever, but the last few steps she needed to make in order to come home all happened very quickly.

Alicia - posted on 06/16/2010

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My twins were born at 33 weeks and 2 days. Weighed 3lbs and 4lbs. In NICU for 18 days.

Emma - posted on 06/16/2010

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hi my daughter was 7 weeks eairly she didnt hv get flown syd but she had stay in hos for 7 weeks

Arlene - posted on 06/15/2010

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the day my daughter was born it was jan 24 i had her at 33 wks and she weighed 3lbs 5.4oz she had to stay in nicu for 3 wks now she is at 10 lbs 9 oz im forever greatful that she made it through, i cry at times cause i wish her twin brother was with her.

Shaniqua - posted on 06/15/2010

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i thank god that my lil boy was only there for 5 hours then cleared to be in the room with me i was soo frightened the whole time an the day we where ganna leave they almost didnt let him but then they ran tests an he was fine

Andrea - posted on 06/14/2010

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my little boy stayed in the nicu for four months before we got to come home. i didnt mind being there had alot of nice nurse that just loved my little one. for a long time he was the smallest in the nicu.

Melissa - posted on 06/14/2010

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my daughter was born 14th may weighing 1 pound 7 ounces shes still in the incubater and not sure how long she will be in there for its trial and error with her feeds at moment as she was on half my milk and half doner so she was only putting on weight slowley shes only 2 pound 7 now after a month but they r trying her on formula now so fingers crossed its so depressing going up every day and not being able to hold her when ever u want to and it does feel like forever but i cant wait till i get to bring her home

Emily - posted on 06/14/2010

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My daughter was born at 27 wks 2 days weighing 2 lbs 3 oz. We were in the NICU 1 week shy of 3 months. The NICU stay was hard, and some days I wondered if we would ever bring her home! She is doing great now. Those NICU nurses are true angels.

User - posted on 06/14/2010

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My baby was released a 3 days after she was born (friday) weighing 4 pounds and 11 ounces (maybe less because she lost a few). That monday i went in for a follow up and was immediately sent to the hospital because she had jaundice. Turns out that wasnt the only problem and she actually had apea! (she didnt know how to breathe on her own) she was in the nicu for almost 3 weeks. it felt like a lifetime

Melissa - posted on 06/14/2010

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hi had my daughter on the 14th may weighing 1 pound 13 she was born at 30 weeks still in the nicu in the incubater and its been 4 weeks but it feels as its been a long time it is very depressing does anyone else feel quite stressed that u cant hold ur baby when u want to

M - posted on 06/13/2010

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My daughter was born at 33 weeks 4 days and was in the NICU for 4 days. She weighed 5 lbs 2 oz. My son was born at 33 weeks 6 days and weighed 6 lbs 8.4 oz. He came close a few times to having to go to the NICU, but fortunately didn't. He did have to spend the days in the enclosed case for jaundice when he was 4 and 5 days old though.

Michelle - posted on 06/13/2010

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my son was born 6 weeks early was 34 weeks when i had him he was 4lbs 13ozs. he was in the nicu for two weeks and a couple days. he went up there on all that stuff but the next day we went to see him he was off the anti-biotics and stuff and he started eating alot so they sent him home on a heart and breathing monitor but he got off last september.

Nicole - posted on 06/12/2010

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I had my little girl at 26 wks, she wanted to come at 23 wks so I was in labor for about 3 weeks and 6 days, she was in the hospital for 3 months. The hardest part about it was that I live in Wyoming and she was in Aurora at the University of Colorado Hospital. It was tough on us to drive every weekend to see her and really tough fo me to be away from her for the week, when she started to breastfeed I stayed up there in the Ronald McDonald house which is an amazing establishment. When she got to the point to where she was out of the isolet and in a 'big girl' bed I was able to hold her and I would her care time were every 3 hrs and I would hold her from one to the next and set my laptop up in her room and just camp out I did not want to miss anything. Even though they are in the NICU they are still your baby and you have to take that chance to bond I know that she would not be as mild tempered as she is if someone was not there with her to talk to her and hold her.The roughest part for me is that she is 3 months behind babies born at their due date and she is learning things slower. But even harder is that every baby I do have is going to be a preemie but hopfully the rest of our precious babies wont be as early as her. She is our miricle baby.

Elise - posted on 02/24/2010

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My oldest son was born at 26 weeks gestational age. He weighed 1# 12oz. He stayed in the NICU for 3 months. He is now 17 years old. He is a Junior in High School. He plays football and baseball and has developed into a strapping young man.

Shannon - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son was born at 30 weeks and was in the NICU for 81 days....he ended up having a Grade 3 and Grade 4 IVH and required shunt placement in his brain to save him. He is going to be 6 in 2 weeks and I tell you, when we were in the NICU, it seemed like forever, but now as I look back the time was just a drop in the hat :) Hang in there and lean on those who are there to support you. You will get through this!

Shannon - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son was born at 35 weeks gestation and was in the NICU for just over a week. (Lucky it wasn't longer I guess) after just a couple of hours in there I found it very depressing so I understand how you feel! The only thing you can do is just imagine how great it's going to be when you get that little person home and settled! I can't imagine having a baby in there for long periods of time so feel for anyone who has been with a child like that. It got a lot better right away after we brought him home and he's thriving now! You wouldn't know that he was only 6 lbs and super skinny at birth, he's now 6 months old and weighs almost 19lbs ( and is a little chunker! )

Shannon - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son was born at 35 weeks gestation and was in the NICU for just over a week. (Lucky it wasn't longer I guess) after just a couple of hours in there I found it very depressing so I understand how you feel! The only thing you can do is just imagine how great it's going to be when you get that little person home and settled! I can't imagine having a baby in there for long periods of time so feel for anyone who has been with a child like that. It got a lot better right away after we brought him home and he's thriving now! You wouldn't know that he was only 6 lbs and super skinny at birth, he's now 6 months old and weighs almost 19lbs ( and is a little chunker! )

Jenna - posted on 02/21/2010

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my son was born jan 16th 2010 weighing 2 pounds 5 ounces at 32 weeks. he is still in the nicu and is at 3 pounds 5 ounces. i know how hard it is and am wondering how long it will be till i can take him home. some of the nurses are nice but some you can tell think of your baby like he's just a job to do. i hope all goes well with your little one.

Aleisha - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son was born at 27weeks and weighed 701grams he was in hospital for 3 months and 9 weeks of that were 4hrs away from where we live so i lived in Hobart at the ronald mcdonald house whilst my son was in the hospital. All you do all day is sit at the hospital with your baby and stare at them for like 12hrs a day everyday. Its such a hard time its the hardest thing i have ever had to do, you cry just about every night before you go to sleep you just wish you and your baby were home. Its always 2 steps forward and 1 step back but in the end its all steps forward and you do eventually get there i know that prob doesnt help now you just feel like its going to be forever, the time will come hopefully soon and you will be home with your baby. Its hard cause this is not how its meant to be but you know you have a special precisous baby and this is the best place for the dr's and nurses to look after your baby and make them fighting strong and you will get home. These babies are such fighters :-)

Tracy - posted on 02/21/2010

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I just had my baby and she weighed 1 pound 11 ounces and she is 12 inches long.

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The 2 week mark was the hardest, because they seem to be improving, and then they get tired and slide backwards a little. I had 2 preemies, and the first (born at 31 weeks, 3 lbs in 1997) was in the NICU for 9 weeks, and the second (born at 34 weeks, 4 lbs in 2001) was in for 6 weeks. Keep the faith, and ask for a dedicated "Primary" nurse if possible. :-)

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2010

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Braden was born at 29 weeks weighing 3 lbs and he was in the hospital for 7 weeks 4 days. We were told to expect him to be there till his due date.. and 7 1/2 weeks was much better than 11 weeks. It is really hard though and it does really drag. But before you know it.. she'll be home and time will fly by too fast.

Nikki - posted on 02/20/2010

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I would imagine that your daughter is home now but generally when babies are born premature they stay in the NICU until their due date. It can seem very tedious and LONG when they are in the NICU but one day it will seem like was such a short time.

Karolina - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son was born alittle over 33 weeks and weighed 4 lbs 14 oz. He stayed in the NICU for 2 weeks and 3 days. He had to go home with an Apnea Monitor just to make sure he doesn't have any trouble breathing on his own. He was on it for about a month but didn't have any problems breathing. Now he is 10 months old and running around like a little monster!! =D

Rachel - posted on 02/20/2010

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my son was born at 29+1 weeks and was in NICU for 3 months. Had collasped lungs when born and developed a gut infection and hernia which needed an operation. He was 1272grams when born and has now reached 6 months and just over 5kgs. He's now a happy little boy and his development seems to be a track for his corrected age of 3 months.

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My son was born at 32 weeks 5 days, weighing 2lbs 14 ounces...he was only in the NICU for 12 days...he's out little miracle baby. The nurses all said that caucasian baby boys always were in the NICU longer than girls or other races...my son didn't need oxygen or anything...Glory to God!!

Amalie - posted on 02/20/2010

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my daughter was born at 30wk weighing only 2pound or 1kg she stayed in the NICU for just over 9wks I boarded at the hospital as well which was very hard as I had 3 children at home.. But I couldn't leave every time I did Id get home & say to my husband I have to go back... you feel like your never going to leave there but you do & you'll look back & say it was all worth it... my daughter is now 7mths 13pound & doing great... good luck

Shanblan - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son was born at 23 weeks weighing 1 lb. 4 oz. He was in the NICU for almost 6 months. He had many infections but pulled through them.

Veronica - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son came 8 weeks early on Jan 18th @ 3.5 lbs. They told me that he would stay until my due date March 15th (2 months). He was doing great in the NICU everyday. Doing so great that they told me they had sicker babies there and that he can come home, a whole month early on Feb.13th Our V-day gift.

Jenny - posted on 02/19/2010

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Jude was born at 30 weeks and was 2lbs. 15oz. He will be 3 years old in May at now weighs approx. 28lbs. He was in the NICU for 79 days due to MANY complications, but now walks, talks, and is as sassy as any "normal" child! We know what it is like to go to the hospital day after day and watch other babies come and go. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life, but also the most blessed time of my life. We are lucky to have him here with us!!!!!

Kristie - posted on 02/19/2010

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Hi, My son Logan was born on 21/10/2009 @ 24 + 2 gestation and @ 640g. We stayed @ RPA for 100 days and then we were transferred to Blacktown (our nearest hosp) By this time my son had 1 week to go til he was term but we ended up staying @ blacktown for 14 days. so 114 days in total ! Its a very LONG HARD road, trust me you just need to take each day as it comes.....All the best ! ! !

Christen - posted on 02/19/2010

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my 32 weekeer was in there for 3 weeks my other daughter 31 weeks 6 days spent 7 weeks in nicu

Gerrylynn - posted on 02/19/2010

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I had a set of twins at 24 weeks they weighed 1 pound 4oz and 1 pound 11 ozs this july they will be 10. Brittney was in the hospital for 94 days and Brianna was in the hospital for 99 days. Then I had my last at 26 weeks And Steven Tyler weighed 14 ozs he just turned 8Nov. 1st. he was in the hospital for 110 days today being the annv..of the day he came home.

Christine - posted on 02/19/2010

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My daughter was born at 35 weeks, 2 days, weighed in at 5 lbs, 7 oz and was 19 1/2 inches. She spent three and half weeks in the NICU with breathing troubles. Don't focus on how many days it's been, or how much longer you have to go....just focus on kangaroo care if you can, and on the fact that she is getting healthier by the moment. :) hang in there! Start chatting with the other NICU moms in your hospital, they are great for support and encouragement.

Kell - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son was 26 weeks gestation and weighed 1pound 11oz...he was in the NICU for 4 months!!! he will be 5 in two months he weighs 35 pounds but you would never know he was a preemie...!!! it gets easier keep your chin up and bring lots of magazines!!! also take a day for yourself...I never wanted to leave the nicu and finally after 2 months i took a day for myself and it was the best thing!!!

Brittany - posted on 02/18/2010

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mine were there fro 4 months they were 24 weekers!!! im glad your lil one is getting bigger!! just try to stay positive and i love ur pic give her a hug for me :)

Kathy - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son was born 8 1/2 years ago at 27 weeks. He weighed 1.8 lbs. He was in the NICU for 2 months and 1 week. The roughest 3 months of our lives. We lived in South Florida and our NICU experience was wonderful, although hard. Our son had good days and bad days. It was a roller coaster and I wanted to get off. He came home with a monitor because he kept having apnea episodes, but life has been perfect ever since. We were very lucky!

Brandi - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son was born at 26 weeks weighing in at 2 lbs 5 ounces. He was in the hospital for 16 weeks. He's now 5 years old and will be starting Kindergarten in the Fall. I know it seems like your stay in the hospital will never end but it will and soon will be a distant memory.

Kimberly - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son was born July 28,2009 at 33 weeks and 3 days. He was 4 lbs and 15 inches. He only stayed in there for three weeks but it was a LONG and EMOTIONAL three weeks. Now he is 17lbs 1.5oz and 24.5 inches long, and a very happy normal little baby boy at almost 7 months.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son was born at 30 wks 2 lbs 4 oz 14 in long, we were told as a general rule that the preemies don't come home until around their actual due date but my son came home 4 wks early at 4 1/2 lbs....lots of prayer!

Amy - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son was born at 33 and 5 weighing 3# 6 oz He was there for 7 weeks. The information gathered from the hospital experts and other parents is that you should expect your child to be there until his/her due date. (my son came home 2 days before his due date). I hope by now your baby girl is home!

Sandy - posted on 02/16/2010

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Our son was born at 31+4 weighing 3lbs10ounces and stayed in NICU for 4 weeks. He didnt have any major problems but it was the hardest time for me, having to leave the hospital everyday without your baby is the most horrible thing.

Carlisa - posted on 02/16/2010

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my daughter was in the nicu from november 28 to march 1st i had her at 25 weeks and 5 days old. she weigh 1lb 7.8 oz and was about 13in long.

Tammy - posted on 02/16/2010

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Zane was born at 32 weeks and stayed in NICU for 3 weeks. He was on oxygen a couple days in hospital and developed jaundice but other than that he is now a healthy boy.

Patricia - posted on 02/16/2010

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My daughter who is now almost 9 year old was in the NICu for almost 3 months..

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