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    Spoke to Kyahli tonight, and she sounds amazingly chipper. A bit of a case of 'laugh so you don't cry!' She's a strong one, that Kya, and has prepared herself for this and is in the best place possible considering the circumstances...

    Fibronectin test negative (a good sign), steroids on board, fingers crossed for cervical length U/s and white cell count tomorrow to check for infection. Lord knows, tomorrow's U/s may even solve the gender debate!

    I know the magnesium sucks, K, but for the good of bubs, if labour restarts, get it into you! Ask for it if you can't sleep ~ it dopes you right up, apparently! Maybe that's why my little muffin is a genius (), I took mag my whole 3/4 preg for nerve condition.

    Stay strong, hang in there, keep us posted! Thank goodness you have the internet, or you'd go crazy!

    When we talk I'm constantly amazed by how much in common we have. Speak soon, Baroness.

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    Welcome Beautiful Baby Y!

    Kyahli had her bubby on the 27th June. Happy Birthday little Man! 3 ob's said you were a girl, but the one who said 'blue' had it right!

    Bubby was delivered by emergency C after 24hrs of induced labour. K thinks the Magnesium IV worked against her, and she would have been too tired to carry on. Almost made it to 28wks...just a day or so off.

    Bubs is 1.2kg, the length of K's hand, but is healthy so far; was born crying (the magic of steroids) and was all pink and strong ~ a good colour and moving well. Sounds like he was unhappy to be evicted from his 'broken oven'!

    Bub's is currently on a ventilator, but is expected to be weaned off that and onto CPAP tomorrow...Yay! Has an umbilical IV, and has commenced having his triple espresso's (caffeine treatment). He sounds extremely well for what he's had to deal with, and is just awaiting a NAME!!


    Kyahli sounds like she's hanging in there like a trooper, but is sore from the C-sec, and has a spinning head from the whole experience. Said she feels like she's been cut in half and turned inside out (I'm glad they stitched her back up the right way around!)...after 3 natural births, this is a very diff experience. Is trying to get the colostrum flowing now for the little man, and attempting to rest, as is so hard in that environment.


    Congratulations to you, sweetheart. After the scare of early labour a few weeks ago, I'm so glad you made it this far and baked this little guy to the best of your abilities. Got him through that early labour fright, and a few extra weeks of quiet time before the craziness of being out in a world of bright hospital lights and bustling nurses. I am so proud of the way you've handled this with a cool head and a warm heart.


    I will try and talk to Kyahli when she has a quiet moment, and update this for her till she has time to pop back in again and take it back up herself.


    Try to get some rest, K, and enjoy the first days of the life of your beautiful boy. xxx

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    nic's bub 2.jpgnic's bub.jpg

    Here he is! Baby Emmett Leigh. Off his ventilator and going strong on CPAP. Kyahli doing well, despite the pain from C-sec. Going to call her now to see how she's doing. A package of my little boys premmie fashion collection is on it's way to K as we speak via Express Post...so bub's will have some nice new (albeit mostly well-used) clothes soon! From 10 zero (.7kg, which actually fit a 1.2kg ~ they fitted my 1.7kg bub!) to 7 zero (1.5kg). Poor K wasn't intending on having another premmie (well, who would?), and had got rid of all her little clothes.

    She is moving into Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday, thank goodness, so she can stay close to her little sweetie. All well so far bar the exhaustion of running up and down to the nursery!

    Forgot to mention bubs has been under lights for Jaundice (par for the course for lots of bubs, especially prems who have less ability to clear toxins from their bods). Treatment should be close to finished by now, allowing K to get closer to her bub, as less they won't rush him back into his isolette so quickly, and will hopefully start the kanga care. Little guy is doing so well!
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    Wow! Congrats kyahli on the arrival of Emmett.
    Hopefully he grows big and strong quickly with minimal setbacks.

    I'm having some prem labour symptoms myself (now 28 weeks) with bub #4 (after #1 and #2 prems) so will be following both mum and bubs progress.

    Thanks for the updates baroness :-)

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    Hi 2girls plus plus, hope your prem labour symptoms abate and all is well for you. At least you are getting closer to the 32wk mark, when outcomes are so much better for premmies. By 34wks, they are close to that of full-term bubs. I know all too well the stress of pre-term labour (I went into labour at 27 weeks, as Kyahli did, and it was similarly arrested with Nefedipine) and really hope it calms down for you. Am enjoying updating here ~ I'm rather passionate about premmies and supporting prem's famililies. PM me if you want to chat further, or feel free to share with us here. Good luck ~ convince your body the little one is staying put for now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaronessM View Post
    Hi 2girls plus plus, hope your prem labour symptoms abate and all is well for you. At least you are getting closer to the 32wk mark, when outcomes are so much better for premmies. By 34wks, they are close to that of full-term bubs. I know all too well the stress of pre-term labour (I went into labour at 27 weeks, as Kyahli did, and it was similarly arrested with Nefedipine) and really hope it calms down for you. Am enjoying updating here ~ I'm rather passionate about premmies and supporting prem's famililies. PM me if you want to chat further, or feel free to share with us here. Good luck ~ convince your body the little one is staying put for now!
    Thanks baronessM :-)

    I'm trying to convince this little one to stay in until 34 weeks at least so it can be born locally, hopefully he/she listens!
    My children have gotten further in gestation but the pregnancies have gotten worse so this bub could well follow that pattern.

    #1 was born at 31 weeks after a perfect pregnancy and spontaneous labour (couldn't be stopped with nefedipene), #2 born at 36 weeks (after labour stopped at 33 weeks with nefedipene and bed rest) and #3 made it to 39 weeks after multiple hospital admissions from 28 weeks with contractions but no advancement of labour.

    It has been decided that I have an irritable uterus and with my last pregnancy my doctor and midwife were happy for me to continue having Braxton hicks/contractions as they weren't causing me to dilate (even though I was having them as regularly as every 10 minutes 24/7). This time the midwife has seen how painful they can be for me and has recommended that I take nefedipene or similar for the remainder of my pregnancy to stop my uterus contracting and I'm asking my doctor this week for regular ultrasounds to check my cervix without having to have internal exams.

    I've just kind of left it to the doctors to decide what to do with my previous pregnancies but this time I'm taking a bit more control, now that I know that the contractions can be controlled (usually) with medication and that I can be monitored externally by ultrasound rather than have to have internal exams all the time, which can obviously provoke more contractions.

    Wow! That was a long post for early morning :-)
    It's good to be able to talk to people who understand. I don't know many people locally who have been through similar circumstances which makes it hard sometimes.

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    H all, Kyahli ~ good to see you've checked in! When you have a mo, give us an update in your own words of how everything is going. I hope I've explained what is going on with Emmett to your satisfaction!

    2girls++ ~ I was also diagnosed with an irritable uterus, which was unsurprising, as it was irritated by the constant bleeding of a concealed placental abruption. I've written lots about it on the hub, you can see my story in the 'Placental Abruption ~ your stories please' thread, if interested. Also had contractions every ten mins for 3weeks after pre-term lab stopped by nefedipine, and luckily also I didn't dilate or progress and had my bub at 34w to save him from the abruption. He was induced just in time, too.

    They weren't really Braxton's ~ just after flutters caused by the irritability. This irritability can potentially break waters and dilate cervixes, though, as well you know! The worst contractions I experienced were the constant ones with the Plac. Abrupt. based pre-term lab ~ they were one on top of the other, till I was just one giant contraction with no rest. Thank goodness they weren't quite as painful as the lower down in abdo labour contractions, though.

    It is very therapeutic to be able to talk to others here who have had similar experiences ~ most pg ladies are scared to hear of these events and I don't blame them ~ pg is scary enough without preterm lab and prematurity issues, and is supposed to be a thing of joy, so it's hard to talk about about it as you feel you are spreading the opposite!

    It's really important to be proactive with the med fraternity when facing these things, as it's empowering, and you need all the info you can get. Also you need the best and most experienced docs to deal with them. Many have differing ideas as to treatment and you can find an approach that best suits you. If I'd have not taken a proactive stance, my bub may have died, I'd not have had all the monitoring I did without self-advocacy. I wouldn't have had the same specialist in the clinic, but would have seen a plethora of docs. Lots of good outcomes came from my proactive stance.

    Same applies in the NICU/nursery. If you take a back seat, you won't necessarily be told all the treatment decisions and reasons therefore, be privy to paed visits with your baby (even if you are ignored by the inner circle during their discussions), and won't be asked by some nurses to do all the cares for your baby (nappy, temp, feeds, etc) if you don't ask. It is so important to self-advocate in these situ's, and so difficult as you are often exhausted, confused, and emotionally low after the birth of a prem.

    So good on you 2girls++, for taking the driver's seat this time around.

    Well, that's all from me right now, and enough I reckon, too! Better go before I bore you all to death with my long posts...

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    Baby Emmett had 6hrs off the CPAP today. Kyahli says he's a real little fighter. She received the little tiny clothes I sent today ~ I 'mso looking forward to seeing Emmett dressed in my little boy's finery ~ *memories*. My little premmie is 10kg now and turning One today (4th July)! I can't believe it ~ where does the time go?

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    i will update once i get my head around things... drs are pushing him way to much i think...

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    this premmi journey never gets any easier... and so so so frustrating...


 

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