Twenty Two weeks🌿🌺💗 Ophelia turned five months old this week and started teething😬😬😬 she also isn’t a fan of the bipolar Florida weather that goes from 40 degrees to 80 degrees the next day💗💗💗 #opheliaweekly
Adelyn has made huge progress today! The doctors gave the green light to give her bottles whenever she wants and she's gained enough weight to be out of the isolette and in a regular basinet with a onesie! As long as she takes all her bottles until tomorrow morning (24 hours) the tube is coming out of her nose! Mommy and daddy are so proud of you baby 💞
In honor of World Prematurity Day (yesterday) here’s a video of the day we got to meet our little sweeties. So grateful for the NICU Dr.s & nurses who take such good care of our babies. And for our little preemies who are so strong & are progressing so quickly! 🎥: @kennidynicole
On November 14th we officially hit our “due date” and Daniel turned 6 weeks old. This might not seem like much to some but this was huge for me. My other 3 babies have been born at due date or after.
This was my first premature baby.
This was my first NICU experience.
This was my first surgical birth.
This was my first none skin to skin afterbirth and no breastfeeding for first several days. I was not prepared for this or knew what to expect.
I knew our due date coming and going would bring some intense emotions and it did but it also brought great joy. I have been working so hard to feed my sweet baby to make sure he is gaining weight and I’m so happy to say we are 2 POUNDS up from birth weight. Weighing in at 7.3 pounds at 6 weeks and on due date!
This also means I’ve hit a point where I can now begin my breastfeeding journey at a pace that works best for Daniel and I. We have cut down to between 2-3 bottles a day and the rest is exclusively nursing!!!!! This also means I’ve been able to cut back on the washing bottles and pumping constantly 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 which might sound silly to some but it’s exhausting. Breastfeeding my babies is something that’s very important to me and is one of the only things that kept me going during my postpartum depression after my third.
This pregnancy, birth and postpartum period has been so different than my other babies. It taught me to be more patient, humbled me in many ways because things don’t always go as planned and taught me I can do this! 100% I’m capable!
I have been tested emotionally, mentally and physically in every aspect of my life in the recent months but I know there is victory in getting through this season. ***Pain brings Growth and Growth brings Change***