May 5, 2011

Full Term Versus Preemies

I hear women say they just want their pregnancy to be over already. And as a mom of two preemies, I always say be careful of what you wish for, and no you don't want to have that baby now. Having a preemie is very hard. They stay in the NICU for a long time and they are normally sick. You have some very scary moments in the beginning. I wrote about Molly's a few months ago that you can read here.

Besides the health risks, you are not allowed to take preemies in public. Being housebound sucks! Try it sometime if you don't believe me. But the one thing that still stands out to me is how tiny my twins were when they were born. And they stayed tiny for so long!

This is Isabella at one month old.

This is Molly at 4 and a half months.

Notice that they are wearing the same dress? Isabella didn't fit into the dress two weeks after her picture was taken and Molly still wore it at 5 months. Now something funny about preemies, they catch up very fast. At Isabella's one year check up she weighed 18.3 pounds. At Molly's one year check up she weighed 21.3 pounds.

Isabella at One

Molly at One


  1. Those sweet faces are adorable!

  2. Hi!
    I'm passing through from the Thursday hop to say hello and to follow.
    Have a great day!

  3. Great post! Having had mine at 28 weeks I couldn't agree more. You want to go full term!

    Very sweet pics!

  4. Great post! I feel the same way about people who schedule C-Sections due to personal preference.

  5. So true. I had my firstborn (singleton) 4 weeks early, my water broke and it was totally a surprise. I remember thinking, gosh I just can't be pregnant any longer! But after a week in the NICU I would have begged to make it to at least 37 weeks.
    Then I had the twins early (3.5 weeks) and did 10 days in the NICU and you are so right...those people that WANT the babies out early have no idea what they are in for!
    And my firstborn caught up within a few months! :)
    Love those pics!

  6. I've had people complain to me about wanting their pregnancy over already and I just tell people I never got to that point and would have loved to be 40 weeks pregnant and still waiting. I think it's just hard to fully understand the NICU experience without having been there.

  7. I hear that from people all the time. I prayed daily for my twins to be full term no matter how hard it was on me. I had a very rough pregnancy. I made it to almost 38 weeks with them.

    Your girls are beautiful!

  8. It drives me crazy when I hear people say that too! Twin moms want to carry as long as possible and -some- singleton moms just complain the whole time!

  9. What cute babies you have! Thanks for dropping by. I am now following you.

  10. So very true, I was lucky to make it to almost 37wks with my twins. It wasn't always easy or comfortable to be so large but worth every minute for my boys to develop! I agree with Jenner, I had to have an emergency c-section, it wasn't a nice experience, although a necessary one.

  11. You are so right. My grandson had to stay in the NICU until he was nine months old and lost him when he was 15 mos. old. Keep those babies in your little bun warmer as long as you can.
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