So as I had said before, I am working on a few designs for moms to scrap their babies that were born prematurely. I am trying my darnedest to make something cute and beautiful to scrap the not to cute and adorable times. I know personally what it is like to have a child put into the NICU and hooked up to all the wires and tubing. Not being able to hold them in your arms, and watch the sadness of the other children around in the same room. However beautiful and loving Stevie Rae was, I was aching on the outside of her incubator, Just longing for her to go home with me. And I know if you went through this, You felt the same way. Its stressful, a long feat and very emotional as well. When you set day in and out in the hospital, watching the children around you get their treatments and your very own as well, You feel useless in a sense. And your mind races with thoughts, as there is not much else you can do.
Stevie Rae was my one of my biggest challenges. She was born Sept 15th, not due until Nov. 1st. I was one of the luckier preemie moms (although it didn't feel like it) I went into labor early that morning, around 6 am. Joe was at work and I knew it wasn't time. But I called him, got him to come home quick- and we got the other two girls ready. I went to the hospital (arriving around 7) and immediately they started to pump me full of magnesium and had the doctor come. He did an ultrasound, and said the baby weighs about 31/2 lbs. Ordered more fluids for me and called our Children's Hospital to send a squad. Of course I was panicked, I asked the nurse what was going on- And she said- You are to far into labor for it to be stopped, so we are preparing to deliver. This was at 8. About 45 mins go by, I was completely dilated and ready, but the doctor wouldn't break my water, as our hospital is not equipped with the right things for preemie births. At 9:15 the CH group arrives and I was allowed to push. Tada, Its a girl- And HUGE! 6lbs 3ounces. My biggest baby- I am excited! Beaming with joy. Doctor was wrong and this was all for nothing. But I didn't hear any crying anymore. The team from Children's grab her up and take her off. I am still excited, telling my mom they were all wrong, and we would be going home the next day. One of the nurses come in, and ask Joe to fill out some paperwork. He comes back and says they are taken her to Akron- Now from where I live that is almost 3 hours away. NO WAY ARE THEY DOING THIS! But it turns out size doesn't matter for a child born early. She was just lucky to have grown so much, however her lungs had yet to fully develop and Nero responses where very small. They brought her into me, in an incubator, all hooked up to tubes and wires, sealed off. You can reach your hand through the hole they told me to touch her and say goodbye. OMG- Never had I cried so hard, or been so angry. I hadn't even got to hold my new baby and she is going so far away from me. So I fought, just as she did on her way up there, I fought at the hospital. Its routine that moms wait 24 hours to leave. Not me, I did all they told me I had too, pushed on my stomach, kept it firm, walked around, took my shower, ate- then told them to call the Dr. I begged for release and got it. so at 2pm or so, I left home and went up to where she was. And there we stayed for the first weeks of her life. Bringing up her sisters and staying in the Ronald McDonald house. Joe (so sweet is he) drove the trip everyday so that he could still work and bring home money for the family. It was rough, but we stuck through it. And Miss Stevie pulled through it all too. What a fighter she was.
So, Since I have all girls, I think its easiest for me to do the Girl portion of Preemie Sweetie first. I will have a boy mini tomorrow, and then an add on pack for all the milestones a preemie baby faces. This isn't just for preemies though, There are pieces that are perfect for all babies. So please enjoy Preemie Sweetie The Girl Mini today.
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This is My LO of Miss Stevie Using the New Mini
Just after getting her breathing tubes out.