Wordless Wednesday: Preemies

Written by NPN_Admin on September 7th, 2011

Edited by Rebekah

Holistic Health, Nurturing Touch, Special Needs, Wordless Wednesday

This week we asked you to share your preemies with us.

(Read more about nurturing touch on our resource page, and enjoy this week’s articles about preemies.)

After Kieran was born almost three weeks early, the midwife at the birth center where Dionna gave birth decided to send Kieran to the hospital for suspected breathing problems. The breathing problems never resurfaced during Kieran’s five day NICU stay, but the doctors kept him for “observation and jaundice.” Here Dionna holds her “little glow worm” glowing blue from the bili lights, a type of phototherapy commonly used to treat jaundice. Dionna and Tom are looking forward to a home birth – and a midwife who is much less prone to unnecessary interventions – with their second baby (due this November).

Dionna blogs at Code Name: Mama.

From Jane: “Here is my 32 week preemie, born christmas morning instead of valentines day. she looked like a little porcelian doll. so perfect. so beautiful.”

Laura, Photo 1

Laura, Photo 2
From Laura: “Our PuddinPie, born at 35 weeks, in the NICU. Photo 1 is of him, less than 24 hours old, on the vent. Photo 2 is me holding him, one of the first times I was able to hold him since birth.”

Laura blogs at Walden Mommy and Family.

From Katie: “Big brother, Andrew, meets his micro-preemie brother, Matthew, for the first time.”

Katie blogs at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/matthewgonzalez/.

“All ready to go home! Layla was a late-term preemie born at 35 weeks.”

Melissa blogs at Simple Whimsy.

From Sara: “Our fifth child, Malachi, was born at 34 weeks last April.  In this picture, he’s sporting a specially-knitted preemie hat from Grandma, as well as a preemie outfit from some friends.  We’re so thankful for how much he’s grown in the past year and a half!”

Sara blogs at Healthy Families For God.

“The first time I got to touch my baby.”

“Burkley, born at 34 weeks”

Adrienne blogs at Mommying My Way.

Mama Mo’s twin boys, Gus and Jack, were born at 34 weeks, after 10 harrowing weeks of fighting off pre-term labor. Part of their daily regimen was kangaroo care in the NICU.  Skin to skin contact is still a part of every day 18 months later!

This is Jack as he nursed for the very first time.  Both boys had trouble coordinating their suck-swallow-breathe reflex, but they “practiced” nursing every day anyway.

Mama Mo blogs at Attached at the Nip.

From Jenny: “Big sister meets little brother for the first time at 28 days old.”

Jenny blogs at The Peaceful Housewife.

Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post? Please link up below! And find more Wordless Wednesday linkies here.

15 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Preemies

  1. Lauren  

    These are all beautiful and touching. Thanks for sharing the pictures and stories of your little, little ones with us!

    • Momma Jorje

      I can only imagine they must all seem like micro-preemies to you!

      I agree, beautiful, touching photos. Such strong parents!

      • Lauren  

        No kidding. 😀

        But, yeah, the one that says “The first time I got to touch my baby” and it’s one finger — oh! My heart aches. But then, like you were saying below, Dionna & so many of these mamas, daddies, and other family members are clearly so happy about their little ones, no matter how stressful the beginning. I love the sweet smiles.

  2. Dionna  

    Oh these pictures make my heart swell – Kieran wasn’t technically premature at 37 weeks, but it was still heart-breaking to see the wires and tubes and lights and everything that went along with them. My heart goes out to every parent who has loved a preemie.

  3. Melissa

    I can’t help but shed a few tears from the memories this brings back. Layla had jaundice (noticeable in the pic above), some mucus/ breathing issues, and it took about 6 weeks to get breastfeeding fully established, but we were thankful that she was healthy enough to come home with us with follow-up appts. These are such beautiful pictures. Kudos to all the families caring for the littlest of babies.

  4. Amy @ Anktangle

    These are beautiful, adorable, and heartbreaking all at once. Thanks to all of you for sharing photos of such tender moments!

  5. Rebekah  

    Tiny, adorable and precious!

  6. Nev  

    How precious. Hope they’re all well and thriving. 😀


  7. Alicia  

    I linked up my Wordless Wednesday post, and the picture I highlighted for this page is one of my own preemies, now almost 7 years old! 32.5 weeks and they can grow up to be perfect kids! (Well, sort of)

    It tears me up to look at all the babies and remember how little my big kids were back then!

  8. Luschka

    These are so touching! I totally welled up!

  9. katepickle  

    Oh I love these photos.. wish I’d read this last week I would have add our pics!
    My twins were born 11 weeks early due to TTTS and while some of the photos of them as newborns are quite confronting for some people, they mean so much to us! For the record my tiny 900 gram babies are now almost 8 years old!