Hayden is off the bili blanket, they said she will probably be off the IV tomorrow night and they have lowered her fluids and upped her feeds to 23 ml. They said she has had a bit of reflux but nothing to abnormal or worrisome. I held her today and she was a lot more awake, I didn’t get a picture of her eyes being open though. :/


Peyton’s feeds have been upped to 30 ml and she’s lost a bit of weight but aside from that nothing has changed!

Both girls are doing well taking pacifiers while being fed which is really cool. Hayden has more interest in the pacifier but Peyton is starting to like it more too. I’m really proud of my girls. 

This is probably annoying, but I have to get it out. A girl on my facebook is celebrating ‘NICU awareness day’ for her ‘favorite NICU grad’. Her son wasn’t even in NICU for an entire day. She has no idea. He was back with her in her hospital room before she went to sleep that first day. A NICU stay isn’t something I’d wish on anyone and overcoming it is a struggle. I think that’s why her post annoys me. She is taking credit (kind of bragging about it, really) for something that was my absolute nightmare. I don’t want to hear it. She has no idea how incredible it feels to actually watch your baby “graduate” NICU. To see the tubes taken out and the machines turned off after weeks of ups and downs and wondering if your baby is ever coming home. And my son’s stay wasn’t half as long as some others. I am probably being too sensitive, but it bothers me.

anonymous asked:

It almost feels like we aren't doing enough to help you

What do you mean? Helping with what? With fundraising?

Do you know how hard it is for me to even ask for help with anything. I don’t ask for help.. But guess what. I need help, now, more than ever. If that too much for you to deal with, then I am sorry. I didn’t ask for this. I didn’t ask to get sick. I didn’t ask for my child to be in the fucking nicu for 100+ days. So thank you, for putting my asking for help in check. I won’t do it again…
This is it!

Okay everyone! The final nicu days are upon us! Avee has started que based feedings today, which is the last step to coming home. She should be home this weekend!

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Adorable image of premature baby SMILING at just five days old goes viral

The internet is going crazy for this beautiful premature baby and her massive smile.

Amazingly, the little cutie was just five days old at the time - and weighed a teeny 3lb 14oz at birth.  

Proud mum Lauren Vinje posted the image on the Love What Matters Facebook group, where it’s since gone viral.

Lauren wrote: “Our first daughter at five days old. 3 lbs. 14 oz., she was happy to be alive! 

“This picture was one I looked at often to get me through the ups and downs of our NICU days. Life is so precious.”

Since the image was posted on Sunday (16 October) it’s gone viral, receiving more than 289,000 likes and 36,000 shares.

Of the 8,000-plus comments, many are from people whose own children were premature - but are now doing well.

Ashlee Rachelle Loveless posted this picture of her twins, who were born at 26 weeks weighing only 1lb 11oz. She wrote: “Spent nearly 80 days in the nicu…Today is their 5th birthday.”

Where there’s life there’s hope: These cute twins once weighed under 2lb each (Ashlee Rachelle Loveless/Facebook)

Jackie Penny went one better, writing, “My son was 4.8 lbs. born 9 weeks early. This May he graduates from med school & will be a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine.”

Against all odds: It’s hard to believe this strapping medic was once a premature baby (Jackie Penny/Facebook)

So much to smile about right there.  

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Top image credit: Lauren Vinje