Max was in the NICU for 16 weeks, and the hardest time was when he was sick. The second hardest time was the last couple of weeks. I remember I went crazy when I thought they were going to keep him longer. He started vommitinga few days days before they released him, and they wanted him to stay so they could figure out what was wrong. But I was very persistent, and they finally decided to let him go, at 7PM at night. I am so thankful they did, because it took me months to figure out the vommiting problem, he was allergic to milk, which I was eating and the transfer to the Breastmilk, no matter how little I ate, made him throw up. But in hindsight, Max is almost 21 months, and those 16 weeks are just a distant memory. So hang in there. And rememeber they have criteria for when the babies can go home so parents don't come back a few days later saying help, my baby won't eat, is always cold, etc. etc. I know it is tortureous, but soon it will be a distant memeory for you too.
DH, John (36)
Max, 1/20/03, 25 wks, 1lb. 3ozs. (IUGR), severe PE
#2 is on the way, EDD at 36.5 weeks is 3/24/04