Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful little baby boy! I'm sorry your wife had to go through so much trauma. What an ordeal for you both.
My son was delivered via emergency CS at 31+2 weighing 1302g and is now a healthy boisterous 27 month old.
It is very encouraging that your little boy is breathing on his own - it's surprising how strong these tiny babies can be. They really do fight.
Having a premmie baby in NICU/special care is certainly a rollercoaster of an experience. Even when you know they are healthy and getting amazing medical care, it is still very hard when you cannot take them home. My most gut-wrenching moment was the day I was discharged from hospital. It's incredibly hard walking out of the hospital without your baby, knowing it will be weeks before you can take them home.
You just have to roll with it and take it one day at a time. Every day in hospital is a step closer to having your boy home.
My DS had no real medical issues and was able to come home after 5 1/2 weeks. You will most likely be told what I was - expect them to come home when they are 'term', but if everything goes really well it could be sooner.
Thank you for sharing your story. As a premmie parent I have a real soft spot for prems and love hearing about others journeys.
My DH and I look back on our experience with fond memories now, even though it was really hard at times, we still remember all the special memories like our first cuddle & the first time DS breast fed properly.
Please feel free to PM me should you ever wish to talk about your experiences