Well, I am back. Our daughter is here earlier than expected.

Hey everyone, I hope all you mommas, mothers to be, and women who are wanting and trying to get pregnant are doing well. Just want to say, hello, I am Hollie and I am nineteen. My original due date was June 27, 2011 and I ended up having a premature baby. She was born at 32 weeks 5 days gestation weighing out at 5 pounds 15 ounces and 18.5 inches long, she only need room air and spent 30 long days in the NICU because she needed to learn how to eat and gain weight. I ended up getting preeclampsia, severely.. blood pressure wasn't that high but my blood was dangerously toxic. When I got admitted to Labor and Delivery on the 4th of May they were starting to give me something to slow and stop my contractions but once they got my blood work back I was on strict bedrest in the hospital and they gave me stuff to speed up the labor process. I was swollen, I had gained ten pounds in five days that was all fluid. I hadn't been going to the bathroom at all, so no wonder my blood was toxic. I didn't matter how much water I took in it just wouldn't come out. So after two and a half days of strict bed rest it was time, time to deliver... I delivered vaginally and on May 7, 2011 at 4:16 a.m. our baby girl Sofia was born. I heard her crying my husband went over to here, there were NICU nurses, my nurse and the doctor that delivered me in there. It was wonderful, I didn't get my to peck her on the forehead and off she went to the NICU where she stayed for thirty days. Thankfully she didn't need anything but room air and that nothing too serious was wrong besides a low blood sugar at birth and a few hours after birth. But just wanted to update everyone and I hope everyone is doing well. We are now home, and she is happy healthy and being breastfed 5% of the time and fed BM with a bottle the other 95% because we think I either have overactive letdown or she has reflux. Much love to you all.

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There are some photos, two of my daughter, one was her at birth the other was a photo taken when she was about eight or nine weeks old, she has changed since then but I don't have any on my computer yet. The other is one of the swelling in my foot, I would have posted one of me but I don't want anyone to be scarred for life. ;) It was nuts, my swelling.

Much love to all the diabetic mommas and mommas to be out there.
Hi Hollie,
Congrats on getting Sofia home safe and sound :) PE is a beast - it's fantastic that you carried to when you did and had such a great weight baby - you did a fab job of incubating :) All the very best as you settle into your new life of parenthood :)
Thank Saffy. My OB told me that if I went full term or close to full term I was looking at a 10-12 pound baby. They said she was bigger because I was diabetic, not because my sugars weren't bad they were wonderful, it is normal for diabetics to have bigger babies so we all know. Thankfully everything went well, I overheard the doctors and nurses saying if I didn't come in when I did I may not have been able to make it much longer because the fluid would have started going up around my heart and lungs and that with the toxic levels of my blood things weren't looking good. They said I probably should have come in earlier, but all the NICU nurses and my nurses were glad to see that i made it passed 30 weeks! :)
Sofia is beautiful - congratulations!
Congrats! She is adorable!
I'm a Pre-E momma too and the swelling is indeed crazy. I'm no wimp to pain, but man I felt like my skin was going to stretch to the point of breaking for those last few weeks. Looking back at pictures of my during my 8th month of pregnancy is intense. I can't believe my husband was still finding me attractive at that point. Love is blind, huh? I, too, gained over 15 lbs in water retention and extra bloodflow in my legs from thigh to toes. My blood pressure went up to 180/100 at one point during labor due to Pre E. Then it stayed at 156/90 for a week after birth due to Pre-E. I'm now 4 weeks postpartum and my Bp is back to normal at 110/70.

We got to 37 weeks, with 8 weeks of those with severe swelling. I also wasn't peeing hardly ever even though I was drinking all the time.

Our little Heart was born at 9.4 lbs via emergency c section. They let me get to 7 cm dilated during active labor, but her heart kept dropping with every contraction after that, so we did the c section and she was born. It was a good thing too because she didnt have any soft spots on her skull so she would never have made it out vaginally.

Congratulations to you. I'm glad you got through the NICU stage and that your precious baby is doing well. Keep up the breastfeeding. It's the best start you can give to your little one. Congrats again.

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