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Before I held you, I wasn’t sure that I had enough room in my heart for two children. I was scared because I was already so whole heartedly in love with your older sister, that it makes my heart ache. When I was four months pregnant with you, I felt something was wrong. I became depressed and the world turned black. In our third trimester my fears were realised when we discovered that you weren’t growing the way you should. This day one year ago you were born early by section so that we could ‘grow you on the outside’. You came out perfect, so beautiful but so small. You were taken to the nursery so they could give you the attention you needed. I had to leave the hospital four days later without you and it broke me inside. I walked around as a shell. All I saw when I looked in the mirror was the weight I’d gained and wondered how it was that my body was so greedy that it failed you. Why could I not give you what you needed to grow like a “normal” baby. I’d sit outside bitten by the summer time mosquitoes as I cried into the darkness...Waiting for the next day so I could see you again. I felt like I had abandoned you. When you came home the day before Christmas I was relieved but still frightened of the challenges ahead. I didn’t know if I had what it took to grow you. I felt like a first time mum all over again. In the past year, sleep has been hard. You have feed several times a night, just to try and catch up. I spent hours looking for recipes to try and fatten you up, joined #iugrbaby support groups and tried to understand what laid ahead. In the midst of the madness I feel like I didn’t give you the same love and presence I did with your sister. But last night, on the eve of your first birthday, I rocked you in my arms as I have many times before and my heart felt so full it could burst. I love you deeply and truly. There’s plenty of room in my heart for you. Because you are my Eden. Because you are you. You’re going to be just fine. #prematurebaby #oneyearold #pregnancy #iugrbabythriving #siblings #sisters #motherhood #motherdaughter #daughter #mother #miracle #christmasbaby #love #hope #tinybutmighty #micropreemie
Our doll had her four month check up yesterday, she is 6lbs 7oz, 21 inches long and in her own percentile 😉 she had her vaccinations which in turn cause her very first fever. It has subsided and she seems to be feeling better today. She has been eating like a champ and is growing so quickly. She’s doing very well stabilizing her head, picking it up, babbles and smiles up a storm, developmentally she is right on track. She may just be destined to be a tiny person wit a huge personality and a gigantic heart! 💕💗 . . . #lucyavamae #sparklebabyhanson #ourreallifedoll #babygirl #love #gorgeous #pov #infant #micropremie #premie #nicugrad #iugrbaby #iugrbabythriving #doll #growingup #milestones #blueeyes #thoseeyestho #happygirl #happygirlsaretheprettiest
• 10 MONTHS / 7.5 months corrected • Tough guy update! Our boy weighs ~14 pounds! He isn’t digging real people food yet but that just means more for me 😉 2’1” and rising steady! He’s too big for 0-3 but too small for 3-6 month clothes. We are grateful no clothes go to waste around here. NO teeth yet! We’ve been on tooth patrol for months now and so far the poor guy has nothing. Send help! 😭 He’s walking with assistance 😱 He’s an adventurer and we cannot keep him contained. He is 1000% fearless and persistent and it is exhausting! We are excellent guardians of our child but I foresee many broken bones in his future. 😂 Deep down we’re so happy we have an active child even if he face plants every 5 minutes. 😅 All in all he’s a walking miracle and clearly does everything at his own pace and on his own time. We’re just grateful he’ll allow us to be seen with him in public. 🙃🥰
Motherhood teaches you lots of things. And embracing the mess is one of them! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Before having Emerson, this picture would have made me smile but also stress my soul. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The mess! 😰 ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now, I smile and laugh. My heart is full of pride as my daughter discovers new things and try’s to be independent. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Nothing could make me more proud as her mom, as Miss E grows into her own person. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I pray her Dad @ljgrohn and I would continue to help her grow and encourage her to be her own person ❤️ ⠀⠀ . . . . . #lifewithemersonrose #raisingadaughter #raisinganindependentgirl #missindependent #learningnewthings #foodislife #messy #foodeverywhere #newadventures #iugrbaby #iugrbabythriving #prayingparents
It’s absolutely hard to believe that Lucy is 4 months old today. She has grown and changed so much over the past few months. She’s weighing in at 6lbs 1oz. She loves to look around, play with her owl, hold her head up, to smile and sit in her boppy. She hates being cold, riding in the car in the dark and having a stuffy nose. She’s honestly so smart, sweet and kind. She only cries with a purpose wand warms our hearts. . . . #lucyavamae #sparklebabyhanson #carters #fourmonths #sixpounds #mybaby #likes #dislikes #nicubaby #nicugrad #iugrsurvivor #iugrbaby #iugrbabythriving #iugr #sgababy
After a tough week Logan is doing much better! He was admitted last Saturday with increased work of breathing, which quickly turned into bronchitis(again!). He was intubated immediately as his blood gas was indicating that he would fall very ill, very quickly! Sure enough, Sunday he was In a critical condition, perhaps the worse he has been! Thankfully after a very worrying 4 days he has turned a big corner and today he was extubated and is showing signs of returning to himself! I don’t usually post things about this but I wanted to say thanks to my family and friends, especially @emilieshoosmith @tomshoosmith for their help when we where called urgently into hospital. I don’t think they quiet realise how helpful they have all been and how much of a help they are (and continue to be!). #prem #prematurebaby #prematurebabies #chroniclungdisease #chroniclungdiseaseawareness #iugrbaby #iugr #iugrbabythriving #broncilitis #homeoxygen #smallbaby #tinybaby #tinybabyboy #babyboy #getwellsoon #getwell #fighter #strongbaby #strongbabyboy #stgeorgeshospital #picu #picunurse #micropreemie #micropremie #microprem #neonatal #neonatology #preemies #preemiestrong #preemie
It's #worldprematurityday and I'm flipping through pictures of Zac from 2 years ago. Technically premature by ONE DAY, Zac was born with IUGR and weighed only 3lbs and 13oz. We're thankful for how strong and sweet he is and how blessed we were for the care he received. God provided a Pediatrician who happened to be right outside my door when I delivered Zac, and he needed resuscitated. He prompted my body to give birth a day before I was scheduled to induce, knowing he wouldn't have made it otherwise due to many complications. It's been an interesting and sometimes stressful journey, but he's a strong and healthy 2 year old now and we will never take that for granted. We're praying for the families who weren't as fortunate and are missing their sweet angels today, and everyday. The world was blessed by their lives, no matter how short it may have been. #prematurebaby #iugrbabythriving #petitebaby #nicumemories #zacattack
Second post today, but after months of worrying about Nora’s size and hoping she’d catch up, she was 18 lbs (43rd percentile)and 29 inches (89th percentile) today at her 9 month appointment (with a 64th percentile noggin)! You’d never guess she was a 4 lbs 11 oz baby now & we can all sleep a little easier ♥️ (& thanks for this cute snap, hubs) #noramarie