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Aniqah - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hi

I gave birth to identical twin boys last week. I was 1 day short of 30 weeks. My boys have both been in ICU since their birth and will be there until they weigh at least 1.8kg. (one weighs 1005g and the other 1270g)

I miss them so much even though i visit them everyday and I so sad as I don't even know when i can expect them to come home. Has anyone gone through something similar? When i can bring my babies home? :(

Aniqah
South Africa

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Jaye-Charisma - posted on 10/17/2010

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I gave birth @33 &3 - they were 4lbs 9oz and 3lbs 6oz they stayed in the hospital for 10 days, they had to keep their temps, feed by bottle, gain weight, and breathe on their own. It was very hard seeing them like that - but if you saw them today you would never know.

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Amanda - posted on 11/08/2010

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i have identical twin girls who are 20 months now they were born 10 weeks early 29 1/2 weeks weighing 3lbs 4oz and 3lbs 2oz they were born early due to TTTS they told me in the hospital to expect them to be in the hospital until there due date which and if they get out early then that then its a bonus my girls got out 5 days before there due date good luck with your boys

Leslie - posted on 11/07/2010

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Hey Anicah.... I know that it is hard but try not to stress out.... you can loose your breast milk like that. Also ask the hospital about a program call kangaroo care. The is where you hold the baby on your bare chest while they are bare (Diaper on of course lol) My twins were 8 weeks early and they weighed 2.9 & 2.15, My daughter came home first and I son came home like 1 1/2 later. And deep in my heart I believe it was the kangaroo care and I was with them everyday for 13 hours a day. The nurses @ the NICU use to have to send me home lol. But they will be ok. I know the feeling and I had postpartum depression. But we made it! And the three of you will be too!

Vickie - posted on 10/29/2010

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I know being away from your babies is hard, keep you head up and keep praying.
When my boys were in NICU, i learned the thing that helped them was LOVE, being help, talked too and touched. When I wasn't there, they didn't get that touching that all babies need to grow on. Spend as much time with your babies as you can. I know some hospitals are different but if you can leave your babies in the same crib together, they have spent month inside you with eachother it will help them to stay together now. As a mother follow your instincts when it comes to your babies. I was able to bring my babies home after 6 weeks, not because the hospital said they were ready but because I didn't like the way they were treated once home they gained weight and were healthy and happy.
Good luck

Danielle - posted on 10/29/2010

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You probably wont be able to bring them home until they reach 4.5 lbs, be able to hold their tempreture, and be able eat regurally on their own. good luck1 Visit them often, bring things that smell like you!

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My twins were born at 29wks and spent 6wks in the NICU (b/c of their size ~ 3.1lbs & 2.6lbs). As soon as my foot stepped outside to go home, I started sobbing and cried for the rest of the night...Going home w/o them was vewry hard on me. We too, spent many hours visiting them. THe hardest part was never getting a straight answer from the nurses as to when they could come home. Some said it depended on their weight, some said it depended on their due date... It's VERY hard, but comfort yourself in knowing that they are where they need to be and they're being looked after. Take lots of pictures while you're there (they help to feel closer to them when you're at home)... Are you able to hold them? (We call it kangaroo care when you hold the baby to your skin). Stay strong! They will be home before you know it! ...ANd on the plus side: WHen our girls came home from the hospital, they were on a great routine, which we kept up and sleeping/feeding was much easier for us ;)

Samantha - posted on 10/24/2010

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hi my identical girls were born at 27week gestation by emergency c-section, sophie weighed in at 2lb1oz and charlotte 1lb13oz, it took a long time to get ours home and in the end we had to bring sophioe home first 3.5months later - charlotte had/has a few issues such as pda needing surgical repair, pyloric stenosis repair and she is still on oxygen now (18 months old) but we brought her home from hospital after 5months!! it was a long road to getting there and by the end i was just desperate to have both my babies at home with me but i had to just look at it that as hard as it may be they are in the best place possible to care for them and provide any help they require.

they will be home when they are ready just hang in there and be positive! we had a few scares with ours but everytime we arrived at the hospital we would be told they had made brilliant progress keep strong xx

Amy - posted on 10/23/2010

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Hi my name is Amy, I to have identical twin boys and they were 33 weeks when I had them. One was 4lbs 2onzand the other was 3lbs 14onz, they had to be at least 5lbs befor the thought of taking them home, they were hooked up to a respitory machine and a few IV's for Vitamins and other things they needed, I know how hard it is going to the icu and then goin home, my twins were born on April 14, I was able to take them home on May 25th so just over a month, I know it hurts a lot but hang in they will come home
You are in my prayers
Amy
Canada

Brandie - posted on 09/14/2010

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I have. My babies were born at 35 weeks and they had to stay in the hospital for two weeks because they would stop breathing. It scared me so much but I knew they were in safe hands. Now they are four months old and they keep growing

Aniqah - posted on 09/14/2010

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thank u everybody for ur feedback. its been nearly 2 weeks now and tho its not getting easier, ur kind words have helped.

My boys are doing very well and growing a bit each day. I pray they"ll be home soon.

Pip - posted on 09/12/2010

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My twins were born at 30 weeks to the day, one day different. It was probably the hardest time in my life having them in hospital and being somewhere else. My boys spent 7 wks in a city ICU 2 hrs drive from home. They spent another 3 wks in a local hospital only 40 mins drive, that felt better. They came home on their due date and life has been great since. Hang in there you will have your boys in your arms before you know it. Best of luck :)

Melissa - posted on 09/12/2010

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Aniqah...
I was the same way. I had my babies at 31 and mine stayed in the NICU for 5 1/2 weeks. They did finally let them go home even though they had not met the weight requirement but they were close. My son had breathing issues and my daughter heart issues. To see them today you would never know they were born early, they are 3. All I can say to you is, I do know how hard it is to go back and forth to the hospital each day but take this time to REST as much as possible because once they come home you will be VERY busy!! Best of luck and just relax, they will be with you soon enough and they are were they need to be right now.

Natalie - posted on 09/10/2010

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I gave birth to fraternal boy twins at 29 weeks. Parker was 3 lbs. 1 oz. and Owen was 3 lbs. 8 oz. They were in NICU for 56 days, mainly to learn to breath on their own then to learn to take a bottle. They came home on Apnea monitors for a month, which went off alot because the electrodes do not stick well to the skin. The boys are 16 months now and weigh 21lbs. and 25 lbs. The only "side effect" we have seen from being a premie is they get lung infections more like- croup, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Doctors said it is because of the small and premature lungs. Hope this info helps you.

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2010

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Hi there! I am keeping you and your family in all my thoughts and prayers.

Laura - posted on 09/09/2010

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I had g/g twins at 27 weeks and one was 2.4 and the other was 2.9 the smaller on was in the NICU for 76 day and the bigger on was in for 69 days. They told me to shoot for my due date and they both came home before. One was on oxygen and both on apnea monitors, not to mention meds! But they were home and all mine!! :) There will be some tough days just take one day at a time and if thats not working take it by the hour. All is worth it, being a mommy is the best thing in the world. My girls are now almost 15 mo and doing good. Have to watch exposore to illnesses but for the most part they are great. One is just starting to walk. I hope this has helped you. Ps the nurses will mean everything to you, i think of them all the time!!

Jovita - posted on 09/09/2010

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Six yrs ago, I had my twin girls at 32+ wks gestation. One was 1lb 13oz, the other 2lbs 3oz. I was told the day after, to expect them to come home by their due date (in 8 weeks!). My heart was heavy and I sobbed uncontrollably. They didn't want me to get my hopes up that they'd come home early, and then experience unexpected complications and then be disappointed. They encouraged me to get my rest and get their room ready at home as the time would pass quickly. The complications came, the smaller one had to have surgery on day two (they found a hole in her intestines. She was transferred to another hospital and they had to perform an ileostomy). For two week, I traveled to two different hospitals, it was exhausting. But before I knew it, (and could get their nursery ready at home) I got the phone call that they would be coming home. It had just been 4 weeks instead of 8! One was discharged and the other just a few days later. My heart goes out to you, as I know how difficult that time in my life was. But I would encourage you to pray for strength, and focus on encouraging your two little miracles and they'll be home in no time! Best wishes!

Liz - posted on 09/09/2010

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Hi. I gave birth to my b/g twins at 33 weeks 6 days. My daughter weighed three pounds twelve ounces at birth and my son weighed four pounds 10 ounces at birth.

My son was born with undeveloped lungs, and had a steroid shot to help develop his lungs and was on the respirator for four hours. He also had jaundice and had to be under the billie rubin lights. He was on oxygen for six days before he was able to get off and stay off. He came home eight days later at a discharge weight of four pounds eight ounces. For a while while he was in the hospital he also had troubles maintaining his body heat.

My daughter was on oxygen for an hour after she was born, and also had jaundice. She had weight gain issues and came home after 12 days on a special formula, which she only needed for a couple of days. She came home at a discharge weight of four pounds 1 ounce.

It's hard leaving your baby, or babies in the hospital, but they'll surprise you. Just don't get your hopes up when the staff at the hospital says your child will come home, I did that and due to various reasons my kids couldn't come home when predicted, it devastated me. They'll be home before you know it. I know it's hard, but keep your chin up and stay strong.

A word of advice though, when they first come home you might want to have some sort of sound in the room they will be sleeping in and some sort of light. Being in the hospital for a while they get used to the sound and lights around them. we didn't think about that at first when my son came home, and it was a really long first night. But by the time my daughter came home we had things figured out.

Now at two years old you can't tell that my twins were preemies, and there are no lasting effects of their prematurity either. Only minor issues, like the fact my daughter has to wear glasses.

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