by bethaniesmommy (261 Posts), Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:20 am
To answer you question, "I was just curious to hear if other parents' of preemies had ever experienced the same thing and if so, does it ever end?" For us NO!!! My daughter, Bethanie, was born 3 months early weighing 1 pound 12 ounces. In the NICU, once she started taking the bottle she did very well with it, however she only took what she was required to and gained weight slowly. She came home 2 days before her due date at only 4 pounds. It took her another 2 months to gain another pound. After that she would only gain 1 pound a month. At a year old she weighed a whopping 13 pounds! I constantly worried about it (but did'nt stress myself out over it) even though the doctors said as long as she doesn't stop growing and she is reaching her milestones around her adjusted age then she would be fine. She now is a very smart, very healthy, happy, energetic 4 year old that only weighs 31 pounds and is 40 inches tall. Getting her to eat is still sometimes a battle. Here lately she sometimes acts hungery all day but others a couple bites at each meal is plenty. It can be a real challenge to find clothes for her because anyting that actually fits her around the waist is WAY to short for her so I do alot of "taking in" on her pants.
I don't have any advise, we tried everything and nothing worked either, but do know that you are not alone, we have a very petite little girl as well.
Mom to Bethanie Ann born 9/3/00 at 27 weeks due to PE and HELLP syndrome.
Expecting #2 due Feb 25, 2005. Praying really hard for a healthy, long pregnancy!