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    Tiff, I agree with Bec too, trust your instincts, you are with your babies 24/7, a MCHN, ponly sees them briefly for the time you are in there & that cant be an accuarte time to judge your baby/ies...

    If you believe he is ready to be turned around, turn him, if you think he wants more than milk, feed him... etc, etc....



    I listen to the MCHN for weight gain, growth etc & the rest I take it or leave it!!!

    I want to pop across to your place & give you a break for a bit.... Wish I was closer, coz matey your doing amarvellous job & rather than being down on yourself,m you should be revelling in being a Mother & a bloody fantastic one at that... I say 3 cheers to you... Hip Hip HOORAY, Hip Hip HOORAY,. Hip Hip HOORAY!!!!!!

    Darl, we are all here for you, even like me who hasnt had a premmis... I still want you to enjoy it & know your a great Mummy....

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    OMG thanks Tracey.
    Thank you everyone. I don't know what I would do without you all.
    I guess being so isolated out here in the boonies sends you a little loopy at the best of times, toss in PND, which always gets me around the 5 month mark and that makes one crazy lady!
    I've turned his seat around, Bec, you were right, he loves it too, is no longer squashed and has excellent head control.
    He can almost sit on his own but he can't roll...go figure. I know he'll do everything in his own sweet time, I know they both will. You probably all think I am stupid, having had so many kids and now second guessing myself... but it's been quite a while between (living) babies and I am so out of practice, it's like starting all over again.
    I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    ETA: Have started going back to the same counsellor that I saw when Will died, so am doing something about the PND

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    Well Done Tiff....

    Your a wonderful Beautiful Mummy...
    I am still finding my feet, with such a large gap between my girls. It is so daunnting but throw in twin premmies as well, man I'd be stressed...
    Glad he is enjoying going forward in the car too, wont be long & they'll both be cruising the same way... makes life easier...
    Hugs to you & your very precious family!!! Take some time for yourself too, you need to refuel as well!

    Loves ya!

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    Tiff...too bad that I don't live close either, I would love to meet you, Ivy and Noah!
    I'm glad to hear that you will have someone to talk to and hope that it's helpful. I know how hard it is having one premmie - two must be absolutly exhausting physically and emotionally.
    :hugs:

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    Hi girls, I just found this thread, I know, Im a bit slow. But wondering how premmie did the bubs have to be to join? Coby was 4-5 weeks early and spent only 5 nights in the NICU on CPAP? Am I ok to join in?

    I have found that having a bub who has been in NICU and probably because he was early too, has created a miriad of problems, especially reflux (which I've notice a lot of the bubs have) and now gagging on everything while Im trying to feed him. He is nearly 12 months old and is still eating pureed foods, can not eat anything even slightly lumpy, its so infuriating, and he has an extra strong gag reflex.

    Do you girls often find that friends with babies the same age aren't all that sympathetic or understanding as to why your baby might not be doing the same things that their baby is doing? I have a mothers group and they all know that Coby was early, but seem baffled when he can't do the same things that their babies are doing, and they will question me about why he can't do it? Its ridiculous. There is one girl in my group who always spruiks about how wonderful and clever her daughter is, and it really gets me down, so I've sorta stopped going, its a shame really because it was a good social day for Coby....

    Tiff, I noticed that you are in here and having a bit of a hard time honey, please don't doubt yourself, you are the most wonderful giving mother I have ever met. What you give to ALL your children is priceless!

    If you ever want to get out of the house for a while just for a cuppa or something, please let me know.xxxooo

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    Hey girls,
    Well, Patrick James is here 4 weeks and 2 days early. He was born on Wednesday morning at 11.43am.spontaneous labour and natural birth, no drugs at all!
    He weighed 5lb 6oz and head circumference of 32.2 cms.
    He is still in SCN because of problems with his blood sugar levels.

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    Congratulations Jess, hope your special little guy is back with you real soon xxx

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    Congratulations Jess.
    Hope Little Patrick does well in the SCN and that you have him home with you soon.

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    Belinda- ofcourse you can join! I am yet to start in mothers group so don't know what will happen but they are actually starting me one not until mid July, so Nixon will be the eldest but more likely same size and more similar in development to the rest of the babies. There is going to be 1 girl in our group (born same day as my son) who was also small and premmie so i will atleasy have someone else to fall back on.
    It must be frustrating and upsetting for you to cop s#it from them, i personally would prob have done the same and stopped socialising with them.
    Their a good bunch in here though you will have plenty of support! Welcome to the premmie group! (I'm a newbie myself)

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    Tiff, good to hear you happy with your decision! I hope it helps you sort things out in your mind a little. Have you had any more thoughts on the solids? You are right to trust your instincts. If something is not right, you will know it. You know these babies better than anyone! And you so aren't stupid! I really hope seeing the counsellor helps you to work through everything that's going on inside your head atm too.

    Nickers, it's great that Nixon passed his hearing test after all. It sounds like he is doing really well.

    Belinda, of course you're ok to join in - it's great to see you posting in here! No criteria, just a great place to ask questions and share experiences. WRT friends with babies the same age, I have been really lucky in that I made a good friend from when Josh was in hospital. I met a lady who had a little girl a week after Josh, born at the same gestation he was. (32 weeks). We get together regularly and actually find that our bubs are doing exactly the same things at the same time, which is a real comfort to me. I do know what you mean though, when we are in a group situation with other babies the same age, the difference between Josh and the other babies is apparent to me. We've never had any comments though, and I find it a bit rude that the other mothers in your group question you!

    Jess, congratulations and welcome back!! And welcome to little Patrick. Well done on the no drugs! I hope Patrick is doing well and that you can bring him home really soon.

    Hi to everyone else too!

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    Hey Bel,

    Of course you can join.
    You are very welcome in here.
    Are you coming on the 30th?

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    Jess, Congratulations on the birth of Patrick. I hope he's doing well and will get to be home with you very soon!

    Hi Belinda and welcome!
    It's funny that you should mention about the pureed food. Kyla also gaggs on anything with lumps or that is too thick. She's 9 months, but her corrected age is 6.5 months - she's also not that fussed atm whether or not she has solids.
    IKWYM re: development too, although Kyla isn't doing some physical things, I think that socially she is actually ahead - in talking and interacting.
    Look forward to chatting to you more!

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    Tiff - Maria could sit from about 7 months but has only started rolling in ernest this week (moved 4 metres today from her play mat), honestly I think it was easier when they stayed put.

    Jess - coungratulations on the birth of Patrick, I hope both of you are doing well.

    Belinda - Maria gags as well, but she is slowly getting better.

    The biggest news for me and Maria (we haven't been on BB for a while is that she has 4 teeth with another 2 (incisors on top) waiting to come through, so my sleep has been severly affected (she is still feeding at least once in the night + at midnight) and she has been catching every cold and bug going around.

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    thanks for all the welcomes girls, its great to finally be with others who understand what you are talking about re premmies.

    Kitten WTG on all the teeth for Maria, she's a little chomper now!!

    Carrie, Im with you, Coby's social abilities/skills are right up there, but he isn't physically doing the same things the others are doing, he has less teeth, isn't cruising too much on the furniture etc etc but the other stuff is pretty well up to date, its weird huh?

    Tiff, yeah, I'll be there on the 30th, I was the one that suggested that date, they were tossing around a lot of closer dates and it just wasn't working. Are you going to go? Would love to catch up with you and Noah and Ivy again...

    I noticed that you said (Tiff) that you are PND at around 5 months, do you know what? I think that I was a little PN at that time too, and it lasted for a while. Why do you think it happens then and not right from the start? Anyone else suffer with it?

    Went to GP today for Coby's cold (has had it for months now) and he's finally getting over it, and the GP was pleased with his progress. I asked him to weigh and measure Coby while we were there, and Coby has had and still has a small head circumference (HC) his weight is going off, and length is growing steadily, but his head isn't growing as well as it should. Has anyone else had this problem? Its right down below the percentile lines and its following the same curve, but its still very small, any suggestions on what it could be or what I can do to help it along a bit??

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    Bel - That's good that Coby's finally getting over his cold!
    I had a look at your site - Coby looks like a really happy little one.
    Re: the head - don't know that much except that it may just be individual difference. My sisters bub was overdue and has a head circ. off the charts small. Whereas Kyla (at the opposite end of the scale born early) was always ave. in the head and about 15% for weight and height. Her head at the last check jumped to 95%!! Perhaps it just depends on where they are with their growth sputs etc and genetics.
    Your boy looks very happy and intelligent - so I wouldn't worry!

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    I hate the worst day, Patrick reached his requirements and then the Paed saw that his temp went from 36.5 to 36.3 and suddenly he has an extremely low temp and there is a 40% chance of him dying if he comes home!!!!!!!!
    I was so angry that I kissed my darling son and walked out of the SCN.
    I did eventually go back at 2, but that was to finish his feed, sucked both sides 4 times!

    Sorry, but Paeds are annoying! Sorry for the vent.

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    Hey Jess - Sorry you had a yuck day. It can be really disappointing when you think that they are going to be able to come home and things change.
    So he had a good feed? Is he doing mostly breastfeeds?

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    no, mostly gavage/bottle feeds because I can't get over there more than once a day.But he is starting to get more Breastmilk as I am expressing, but I have so much milk that even expressing isn't helping now! I really need him home!

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