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Day 28 • I got SO EXCITED tonight over so many small but momentous occasions: his very first shirt (I mean, c’mon! 🤤), going up a diapey size (I can’t be the only one who celebrates that her child can now poop out of the sides of the tiniest diapers!) and tomorrow we’re moving his feeding tube to his nose - I can kiss his cheekys with ease and he can enjoy his pacifier! 😍💙 Also, we’re up to 2lbs, 3oz! Definitely appreciating and loving the small moments in his life and beginning to enjoy this journey a little bit more.
I do not understand how we went from 1 lb 13 oz to this monster of a baby 😧 37 weeks today 🎉🎉and an oz away from 7 lbs. my last ultra sound before I had him the Dr. projected his birth weight to be about 10 lbs and oh my gosh he was right.. he still isn’t even considered a 40 week newborn yet and has like 5 chins🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I love you forever son💙🐻. You have done amazing! March is just around the corner and me your Dad and Big sister can’t wait for you to come home ♥️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏡 #blessingsonblessings
A week ago I posted that Miya was off of high flow and weened down to low flow, the following day she ended up right back on high flow 😩😩because she started to desat and required more oxygen. I don’t want to use the word set back so I’ll say she had a minor hiccup. They tried again yesterday to put her on just the nasal cannula but she wasn’t having it, she kept desatting. Today they tried again at noon & so far so good I’m praying that she maintains and stays stable on low flow because then we can really work towards her coming home....these shots were after her bottle feed she’s slowly but surely working her way up to handling her full feed then we can get rid of the feeding tube, she’s so chunky Miya is 10lb 12oz 🙌🏾🙏🏾😍❤️🙌🏾🙏🏾❤️😍 #mightymiya #teammiya #godsgotyou #nicuprincess #micropreemie #25weeker #warriorprincess #14ozbaby #mommiesbaby #miraclemiya #mommychronicles #miraclebaby #bidibop #ourlittlepreemie #nicubaby #nicujourney #tellitmoms #enixfamily #preemieprincess #preemie #marchofdimes #wivesandmothers #blackmomsblog
Also if this kinda put into perspective as to how tiny he is my hand is under his butt and legs in this pic. 😱😭😍 he’s so tiny and this is like the best thing in the world. I could literally stay like this forever. And just side note about the best dresses ever from @dwellandslumber 🙌🏻 these dresses have made my overnights in the NICU so much better cause I can be so comfortable and cute and sleep and pump and hold my little man so perfectly with ease in these dresses #ezekielleonardflorey #rockandvolpebaby #preemiebaby #27weeker #ourlittlepreemie #hygge
This just in, I love him even more than before 💙
✨💩 Is it time to Potty Train?💩✨ • Recently, Gem’s been letting us know what she wants or in this case, what she’s doing. 🤣 She’s been saying “water” and “eat” consistently. Other words come out her mouth too, but nothing tops her “Poo” grunts. I think it’s funny, but I am her mama. 🤷🏾‍♀️ All I know is she is has met the speech therapy goals I set for her! 🙌🏾 17 month adjusted | 20 months actual Gotta love these milestones! @mr_luxury_security • • • • The Baton Rouge March of Dimes Ambassador. ✨Join our team, I’m Here For Gem. • marchforbabies.org/kherim • • • • • #GemElleMonks #29weeker #1lb11oz #lifeafternicu #preemie #momlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #miraclebaby #marchofdimes #blackmomsblog #wivesandmothers #nollywoodkids #micropreemie #naturallyperfectkids #marchofdimesambassador #marchforbabies #ourlittlepreemie #inspiration #beautifulbabies #frobabies #munamommy #toddlerlife #parenthoodunlocked #black_beautifulclassy #afv #whyimarch #Jesus
🎉ONE WEEK OF LIFE! 🎉 this little man is officially in what would have been my third trimester, which is a good leap. The next one is after 32 weeks which will be in 4 weeks. Little Zeke is doing pretty good. He got to come off the “snorkel” CPAP and is on a RAM CPAP now which is less bothersome to his nose, because it’s really similar to a nasal cannula. He’s back on the phototherapy but hopefully will come off again soon. He’s had a handful of Brady events (where his heart rate dips down low) and most of them he’s needed to be stimulated to recover from them, but it’s still normal for his age. He’s up to 9.5 ml of milk every three hours and is tolerating his feeds better every day, and they’ve been able to flip him on his tummy a little and that helps tremendously with digestion. His central line in his belly button (called a umbilical venus catheter or UVC for short- and it’s a Venus because that’s the vein it’s in, so it’s not in a artery too which would make handling him a more cautious task- I’ll stop nerding out with the terms i think it’s so cool though) is most likely going to come out in the next few days so little Zeke is going to get his first PICC line probably sometime tonight, which is also a central line but more long term, and he’ll keep that for probably a month until they’re pretty confident he won’t need immediate IV access 24/7. We got a Zebra for him (Z for Zeke right? 😍😭🦓) for taking monthly progress photos with like we did with Judah and his teddy bear. It’s so crazy that he’s smaller than this stuffed animal but it’ll be so awesome to see him grow bigger than it and see his growth. Also hopefully today is the day we finally get to hold him! I might not get to do skin to skin until he has the PICC line just cause his UVC has been oozing a tiny bit, but if it’s stable enough I’ll get to hold him in my arms at least! Once that PICC line is in there’s less of a concern with loosing the UVC. I also talked with a lactation consultant and she said things are going so well, even though it’s slow going it’s still increasing every day a little! #ezekielleonardflorey #rockandvolpebaby #preemie #27weeker #ourlittlepreemie
@beautyiskherim ・・・ #TBT 👶🏽 These are moments of Gem’s last month in the NICU. She was almost 3 months and only getting breastmilk from the bottle....at that time she was not successful at nursing. Looking at her in this video she had the swallow/suck/breathe technique down (on the bottle)! Waiting months to nurse (when you have been dreaming of nursing your firstborn child) takes prayer and patience. Praise God that NOW I’m dreaming of her weaning since she’s over 20 months old and I’m super tired! 🙌🏾 ✨NICU moms (who want to breastfeed), it doesn’t matter if you nurse, pump or express milk as long as your baby can get the milk that’s tailored to his/her needs is what matters. Studies show that premature babies digest breast milk better than they digest formula. Gem keeps breastmilk down 99% of the time, but will throw up some formula on you in a minute IF her tummy says, “no, not today!” @marchofdimes • • • • • • • The Baton Rouge March of Dimes Ambassador. ✨Join our team, I’m Here For Gem. • marchforbabies.org/kherim • • • • • #GemElleMonks #29weeker #1lb11oz #lifeafternicu #preemie #momlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #miraclebaby # #blackmomsblog #wivesandmothers #nollywoodkids #micropreemie #naturallyperfectkids #ambassador #marchforbabies #ourlittlepreemie #inspiration #beautifulbabies #frobabies #munamommy #toddlerlife #parenthoodunlocked #black_beautifulclassy #louisianagirl #whyimarch
#TBT 👶🏽 These are moments of Gem’s last month in the NICU. She was almost 3 months and only getting breastmilk from the bottle....at that time she was not successful at nursing. Looking at her in this video she had the swallow/suck/breathe technique down (on the bottle)! Waiting months to nurse (when you have been dreaming of nursing your firstborn child) takes prayer and patience. Praise God that NOW I’m dreaming of her weaning since she’s over 20 months old and I’m super tired! 🙌🏾 ✨NICU moms (who want to breastfeed), it doesn’t matter if you nurse, pump or express milk as long as your baby can get the milk that’s tailored to his/her needs is what matters. Studies show that premature babies digest breast milk better than they digest formula. Gem keeps breastmilk down 99% of the time, but will throw up some formula on you in a minute IF her tummy says, “no, not today!” @marchofdimes • • • • • • • The Baton Rouge March of Dimes Ambassador. ✨Join our team, I’m Here For Gem. • marchforbabies.org/kherim • • • • • #GemElleMonks #29weeker #1lb11oz #lifeafternicu #preemie #momlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #miraclebaby # #blackmomsblog #wivesandmothers #nollywoodkids #micropreemie #naturallyperfectkids #ambassador #marchforbabies #ourlittlepreemie #inspiration #beautifulbabies #frobabies #munamommy #toddlerlife #parenthoodunlocked #black_beautifulclassy #louisianagirl #whyimarch
Our little peach is ✌🏼months old! She loves screaming like a Pterodactyl (100% googled that spelling), being worn, and watching her busy brother do laps around the house. She’s also a whopping 8.4 lbs! Life’s brighter with you in it, Squeaks. #twomonths #ourlittlepreemie #4weeksadjusted #iugrbaby
Day 27 • So peaceful, so sweet. I am totally that mom that thinks her kid is the most adorable child in the world. 😍 🤷🏼‍♀️ He’s finally stable and they’re not pushing him for a few weeks until he grows. He’s been gaining about an ounce a day and we’re happy to have figured out what works for him. 🐮 He also passed his retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) eye exam so that’s one less hurdle for him to come home. He’s such a strong boy - he got poked and prodded four times after his blood transfusion last week and hardly cried each time while I cried like a baby watching. He’s so much stronger than I am. I don’t think he’d be where he is without his strength and resilience.
💚Prematuros y lactancia💚 ¿Los bebés prematuros pueden mamar?, ¿A partir de qué semana? La evidencia dice una cosa, los bebés prematuros nos demuestran otra. Lo que dicen los libros y la ciencia es que hasta las 32-24 semanas los reflejos de succión, deglución y la capacidad de coordinarlos. Pero claro qué sabe de ciencia o de libros un prematuro, ¡pues nada! Y si le ponen una teta delante a pues hace lo que toca: mama #Repost @lactapp_lactancia • • • #Repost @albapadibclc with @get_repost ・・・ 🚼Prematuros y lactancia ¿Los bebés prematuros pueden mamar?, ¿A partir de qué semana? La evidencia dice una cosa, los bebés prematuros nos demuestran otra. Lo que dicen los libros y la ciencia es que hasta las 32-24 semanas los reflejos de succión, deglución y la capacidad de coordinarlos. Pero claro qué sabe de ciencia o de libros un prematuro, ¡pues nada! Y si le ponen una teta delante a pues hace lo que toca: mamar. #prematuros #teta #lactancia #breastfeeding #bebé #mamá #succión #RepostSave @ourlittlepreemie with @repostsaveapp ・・・ Nicu journey 💕 26 weeker 💕 Thank you for sharing💕 . Scarlet Jeanette Hennessy 💕 She is on day 53 in NICU, born 08 Dec 2017 at 11:17pm. She was born at 26weeks +5 gestation at 611g (1.3lbs) now 1750g (3.8lbs). So proud of her 🥛 . #26weeker #preemie #micropreemie #premature #tiny #beautiful #newborn #baby #NICU #NICUmom #babygirl #miraclebaby #sothisislove #preeclampsia #pregnancy #breastfeeding #normalisebreastfeeding #feeding #feedingtubeawarenessweek #ourlittlepreemie @kellytwin1
Today is #worldprematurityday. Let us bring awareness to the crazy difficult journeys of preterm babies and their families. 💙 Adam is a blessing to us and to our families. I always post his journey and his milestones because I remember being hopeless in the #nicu searching hashtags allllll day long. I hope that Adam gives other #PreemieMoms hope that miracles really do exist. 💙 #allglorytoGod #worldprematurityday #26weeker #micropreemie #miraclesfromheaven #2lbs5oz #myblessedboy #NEC #necsurgery #herniasurgery #collapsedlung #87daysinthenicu #hesperfect #myhero #ourlittlepreemie