NICU Mom Follow Up

Mar 19, 2013

Last year I linked up with Heather for her "NICU Moms" link up and met so many great mommies! Today is the follow up post!

Violet was in the NICU for a week and was actually born at 40 weeks, 2 days so she wasn't a preemie and was actually a "big baby" by NICU standards, being born at 6 lbs. The entire birth story can be found here and last year's full NICU post here.

Right after being delivered by c-section, Violet was taken to the NICU because she was born in and had ingested meconium. In that situation the nurses usually just suction that out of the baby as much as possible but it seemed to be affecting her breathing and they were worried about infection so they whisked her away. Scariest time EVER. She did end up with an infection and had to be on antibiotics for a full 7 days hence the week long stay. She quickly made progress and though our situation wasn't nearly as dire or as scary as other babies in the NICU, it was awful nonetheless and we worried like crazy.

I was pretty upset over not getting the "typical" delivery, hospital stay and taking home my baby immediately but she recovered and got healthy quickly and that's all that matters. Those of you who are regulars around here have seen plenty of updates on V and she is doing SO great nowadays and you would never know she had any issues when she was born. Aside from the acid reflux she had for her first 9 months (not related to her birth issues, of course), she has just been as healthy as can be and has been reaching all of her milestones.

On her first birthday, Feb. 28th, she weighed in at a whopping 17 lbs., 14 oz and measured 26" :) Very petite for sure but she's been growing at a steady rate ever since her NICU days as a 6 lb., 18 1/2" baby!

It's been a great year with our girl for sure and we're so lucky to have had such a great "after" to our NICU story. I can't wait to read the other mom's stories and maybe meet some new ladies! :)


Lauren H. Edmondson said...

so glad that baby V developed so well after her NICU stay! Adore that bottom middle picture she looks like she is partying WAY hard haha

undomestic mama said...

The same thing happened to me! Except I didn't have any issues from it and I got to go home right away. So glad she's okay now, you know what I'm going to say about all those pics: adorable!

Blue Dog Belle said...

Aww... she's such an adorable little munchkin. Glad she's doing so well!

applesandglue said...

Your due date is my birthday... rats that she didn't come on time! And she is adorable, glad to see how well she is doing!

Anonymous said...

I think the hardest thing to get over, after the stress and scariness of the NICU, is not getting the 'typical' birth. I still get upset that I didn't hold Mackenzie for 24 hours after she was born.
and yes, even a week in the NICU is a lifetime!

Heather said...

I cannot get over her HAIR!!! I love it. She is so precious and I love seeing the updates on her!


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