Were you ready when your special little baby came?

Chelsea - posted on 05/07/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I'm just wondering, was anyone ready when their baby came? I started buying stuff @ 3 months pregnant cause I was impatient & crazyyyy excited.. I was glad though because I never got the chance to have a baby shower..

Also, by the time your preemie came, did you know what you wanted to name them? If you debated, what names were you wanting? My number one name was Aiden Michael, (I'm Irish).. But to this day, I like the name Gage too..

Just curious. :-)

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Nicole - posted on 05/10/2010

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I had had a shower for my girl, but we were in the middle of moving when she decided to arrive at 34 weeks. My family all came together and got us all moved in and helped us unpack everything. I wasn't too worried about having everything ready, since I knew I had several weeks to get all her clothes washed and the room ready. What a crazy time that was! So stressful. But she is 15 months now and doing great: perfectly average. We had her name picked out before we even decided to get pregnant. Juniper Elizabeth. We call her Junie or Junebug.

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Chelsey - posted on 05/14/2010

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I think I was prepared physical. I had most of the things she needed. I never had a baby shower. We had already decided her name Lilianna and we would call her Lilly. I guess emotionally we were not prepared. It was so unbelievable to me that she was born. Now she is 4 and a half months and I have dreams I am still pregnant with her and I need to go into labor to have her. I always say there is nothing in the world that could ever prepare a parent for a preemie. As we can all agree it is a struggle to watch your child fight for their life.

Brandy - posted on 05/14/2010

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oh it was a mess! we lived in an efficency apt and my husband lost his job i was only 6months when i found out at the ER that i had preclampsia and hellp syndrome they rushed me several towns away to a hospital where i stayed for about 2wks before they had to do an emergency c section, we didnt have anything for a baby, i had to leave jenna in the nicu and come home to find an eviction notice on my door, fortunately i was able to get assistance in enough time to find a place to live and my mother gave me a baby shower before jenna came home from the hospital.
we had a list of names and decided on jenna rose just 2 days before i went to the hospital

Carissa - posted on 05/13/2010

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Not at all ! i hadn't bought one thing because i was waiting to see what i got from my baby shower. I wound up not even having one so it was kind of a good thing he was in the NICU for 3 weeks because i had that time to get everything i needed.
I had his name [Santino Avery] picked out since i found out i was pregnant.

Mary Lynn - posted on 05/13/2010

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Not ready and totally shocked when the Dr. told me I was going to have a c-section that night... I had gone to work that morning thinking everything was perfectly fine (I had sudden pre-eclampsia). The funny thing is my hubby and I were taking a prepared childbirth class, and missed that night's class... we were supposed to learn about c-sections. We just got on the job training!

We were also supposed to have a shower the following weekend.

Luckily my family came and got everything set up for us at the house, so when we came home it was perfect.

Melissa - posted on 05/12/2010

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I dont think you can ever be ready for a preemie its so hard on everyone. But in terms of stuff yes we had a crib basinette and clothes ( which he didnt wear for quite sometime) We had chosen the name Corey Joseph really early on I think I was only like 2 mos pregnant when we decided on that name. I feel like I missed out on all of the stuff most women complain about ie. sleepless nights and all the other good stuff that happens after the 3rd trimester but I would love to be able to go thru it. I had even paid to go to lamaz classes and went into labor like a week before I was even supposed to start those. But its all good I have a happy healthy 9 yr old who just got Honor Roll at school. BTW he was born 24 weeks ges. at 1 lb 5 oz 11 3/4 inches long

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Hi chelsea I had bought almost everything but was not ready for my 1st son to come at 36 wks !lol I hadnt even packed my hospital bag I went to hospital with 2 towels 3 nighties and a toothbrush!! with my 2nd I was having twins so I knew I needed to get organised early as I didnt want to be waddling round the shops but they came at 25 wks and we lost one at 2 days old , my family got rid of all my double items and took back my double pushchair for me as I didnt want to go home and see it all,and I didnt replace the pushchair or organise the nursery untill a couple of weeks befor he came home.

my 3rd I knew I was having a daughter but I couldnt bring myself to buy anything until I got past 25 wks, I was all organised though when she came at 32 wks.

I never had a baby shower or a hospital tour or classes with any of mine , but we had chosen all their names before they were born ! I have an adam an alex a ben and ariadne

Lorraine - posted on 05/10/2010

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when I had my baby I didnt even had an apartment, a gave birh at 23 weeks he was 1 lbs 10 oz I felt heart broken but happy because my baby survived, he stood 3 months in the hospital in the NICU, but a miracle happened and we found an owner of apartment my credit wasnt so good but he said as long you pay me your good, so me and my hubby were so happy and blessed so there on we bought everything else for my little fighters room and now my baby arrived to the apartment what we call home!!! We had a name for him Javien Ezel but then I changed the second n put Javien Joel like is daddy! =)

Emily - posted on 05/10/2010

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My parents bought stuff starting the next day after they found out! Which is good because my baby came 3 months early. As for his name, Jacksun Dale. Jack for my husbands real dad, Sun for my uncle and grandfather. Dale for my dad. It seemed perfect. Specially since he did have to fight. My uncle and my husbands dad have past away young, and it seemed fitting just knowing that he had those people looking after him. My shower was a month after I had him... TORTURE!

Vanessa - posted on 05/10/2010

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Thankfully we had just had a baby shower the week before I was admitted to the hospital, so there were things at the house...but they were all still in their packaging.
My son came at 34 weeks...we had names picked out long before I was even pregnant! My son's name is Rene (after his dad) Adrian (which is what he goes by).

Kathryn - posted on 05/09/2010

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I had just finished painting the nursery, thr night before I had an abruption at 14 weeks early. I held on for 2 weeks and one night, the nurse let me know I really should pick out a name, that he was coming soon (thank goodness one person was honest with me!), so I did. I selected Nathaniel, because it means God's gift and I knew that with the circumstances, it would definitely be God's gift for him to survive and flourish. He did and has. I am very lucky.

Dana - posted on 05/08/2010

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Oh, I forgot to tell the name of my special boy. . . .his name is Rhyker William. We had to come up with a boys name that would have the initials RW as I had promised my husband's grandfather we would carry on that tradition. So he was named not long after we found out he was a boy.

Chelsea - posted on 05/08/2010

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haha, yeahh, I was wondering how exactly things went for everyone else 'cause I knew I was lucky for the simple factor that i didn't wait for a baby shower.. I wouldn't have had anything.. & I like the names momma's! :-)

Dana - posted on 05/08/2010

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I was not prepared in the least. My house was under construction, completing a new bedroom for my oldest so the baby could be in the room next to mine. This was my third child and first boy. My youngest daughter is 7 so, needless to say, we were starting over completely. I went to work one day and was really crampy but didn't think anything of it until later in the day when it hadn't gone away and I started noticing a pattern. My little guy was born 9 weeks early, my house was a mess, and we hadn't bought anything yet. Thanks to some fabulous friends I had a baby shower and got a great start. My husband and I went shopping one day and all at once bought all of his furniture. It made me wish I had done like with my first, every time I went shopping I bought something (usually on sale) I didn't have to buy diapers for her until she was 6 months old and wipes until she was a year. If I have another one, I will definitely start planning from the beginning!

Kristel - posted on 05/07/2010

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No! I was not prepared at all! Judah came 14 1/2 weeks early and caught everyone off guard, including my doctor. I even went to work when I was in labor and didn't know it! I knew my back was hurting but I thought it was from standing for long periods of time!

Emma - posted on 05/07/2010

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We were prepared with baby stuff but not physically as I was really ill and had just got over the initial shock of developing pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, then we were told that baby was coming within the next 48hours because my condition was deteriorating. We had never changed what we were calling her, it was always Jayne Marie and if it did happen to be a boy we would have chosen Nicholas Owen :)

Emily - posted on 05/07/2010

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My daughter was born at 30 weeks and we weren't ready in the least. It was quite hectic for awhile! We had already decided though to name her Allison. 2nd place was Charlotte.

Julie - posted on 05/07/2010

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We wanted Aiden also but my husbands brother had already taken it. We went with Conor Cian, which is an Irish name. We were semi prepared for our premie because all our children were born early. Our youngest was born 6 weeks early and he is 4 months now.

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