Abby ~ 26w+5d
Abby ~ 26 weeks & 5 days ~ Weight – 915 grams ~ Length – 33cm
In 2005 we were very excited with the news that we were expecting our 1st baby, due in October. All we wanted was a healthy baby, so decided not to find out the sex & just wait for our big surprise at the end of my pregnancy. My pregnancy was going so well, until I was just over 23 weeks.
I was up early to get ready to go to the hospital for a check-up. While I was having my shower I felt this pop & had a massive gush of fluid. I remember standing there, thinking what on earth was that so I jumped out & called my mum in Grafton to ask what it was like when your waters break, when really I should’ve called an ambulance. I then called Ken so he could come home & take me to hospital. I knew he was about half an hour away so while I waited I walked around & packed my hospital bag, I had no idea how serious things had just become.
I arrived at the hospital & after what felt like hours, I was examined & PPROM was confirmed. I still thought I would be going home that day, but instead I was in emergency for hours waiting to be moved to the ward. It was the start of the long weekend in June so I had to wait until Tuesday before I could have an ultrasound to see if our baby was ok. I was told to stay in bed & don’t walk around. I just wanted answers; I needed to know what was going on so every time a nurse came near me I was asking questions. I was given a book to read & it had the survival rates in it, complications we could face & decisions we may have to make.
Then at 26 weeks + 4 days things went downhill fast for our baby. One minute I was being monitored very closely, next minute they called ‘code red’ & in less than a minute my room filled with so many nurses & doctors. We were losing her so I had an emergency caesarean. This was the scariest time for us.
Abby was born 14 weeks early on the 2 July 2005 weighing just 915gram & was 33cm long. At this stage we didn’t know if she would make it. We had been told of the complications she may have so had been preparing ourselves as best we could.
Within the first week her weight dropped down to 740grams. There was nothing of her. Her skin was transparent, she didn’t have nipples, her ears were just flaps of skin. We spent every minute possible sitting by her side in hospital hoping &; praying she was going to be ok. We would get so excited when she put on weight, even if it was 1 gram. It took her a month to make it to 1000grams.
Abby had a bit of help with breathing but the cheeky little thing kept pulling the prongs out of her nose. We were very lucky. Even though she was very tiny she was strong right from the start. She only had 1 infection & needed 3 blood transfusions. Abby spent a total of 71 days in hospital. Finally on the 11th September we could bring our baby home.
The first 12mths were exhausting. She would only drink breast milk, but from a bottle so I expressed for her until she was 1yrs old & then she finally decided she would latch on, so I was lucky enough to continue feeding her until she was just over 2
We thought things would start to be normal but due to Abby’s prematurity she needed continuous therapy for her low muscle tone, speech & learning delays.
In 2008 we found out we were expecting our 2nd child. It was a nervous time as I was extremely high risk of having another premature baby so it meant weekly hospital & doctor’s appointments & lots of rest. We did everything we could to prevent it happening again & it worked. In August 2009 Dylan arrived, 10 days overdue & a huge 4.16kg. Abby was now a big sister, even though she was still quite tiny herself.
Abby started school in 2011 which was a huge step for her. She still has low muscle tone & has Autism & ADHD but is still the same little girl who is happy & healthy with a very quirky sense of humour, she just needs some extra support & understanding. She goes to a main stream school, has a teacher’s aide plus we still having continuous therapy sessions for her.
Abby is such a gorgeous girl & brings so much joy to our lives. Her ‘little’ brother weighs about the same as her now but she is very protective of him & is the best big sister.
Mikey ~ 27w
★ Premmie Stars ★ Introducing Lauren and Scott’s precious son Mikey who was born 13 weeks premature #ygoh #premmiestar
Michael arrived on Friday 21st June at 27 weeks and was delivered via an emergency caesarean in Grafton, then transferred to RPA NICU. While it has been touch and go at times he seems to be stable at the moment and the doctors are saying good things about him. He’s still on the breathing machine most of the time and has feeding tubes and everything in his crib. Mum Lauren says that cuddles sure make the troubles disappear for a while.
Baby Mikey had a new IV line put in June 29th so he can now sleep on his tummy. He is still forgetting to breathe occasionally but thank goodness for all the fantastic NICU staff at RPA who are ready to help him get going again!
Little Mikey has now been transferred to John Hunter in Newcastle as he had been doing very well. Despite battling numerous infection’s he reached his birth weight and continues to do well. He has gained 50g in the last two days!
It’s a long road ahead, but we’re just taking it one day at a time and I can’t wait to see Michael running out onto Ellem Oval in his Grafton Tigers jersey.