Re: What to expect with premie...
I'm so sorry your little guy is going to be coming so early. I know this must be so hard on you and your family.
I don't have any personal experience with premature babies- well, maybe a modicum... One of my aunties had triplets at 36-37 weeks, something like that. They were close to term but because they were triplets they were all extra small. 3 lbs or so, I think. She said she was up and pumping the same day she had her c-section, and she managed to breastfeed all 3 babies until they were 6 months old or so, when she got too tired and gave up. They are all big, tall, healthy college students now.
Have you ever head of kangaroo mother care? It is supposed to be really good for preterm babies- they maintain their body temperature better, they have fewer respiratory problems, their heart rates are better, they are less likely to come down with infections, more likely to breastfeed, etc.
Here are some other articles you might be interested in:
Extra Quiet In the Nursery
A Warm Welcome to the World
A Second Womb
I hope that your little man will stay on the inside as long as possible. I know you are taking the best possible care of him right now.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"