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Hello I adopted my second baby a year ago (today is her birthday!!)  She was born at 28 weeks, weighing 2 pounds 0.9 oz.  She stayed in the NICU for 50 days and did amazing! We were matched when she was 5 days old, and I was able to visit her in the NICU daily.  We just finalized her adoption yesterday as well!  Exciting times!

Wendy

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Hi Wendy…I am Jen! Congrats on your little ones first birthday. My son was born in April 09 and he was 6 weeks early, weighing 4 lbs. 11 oz. He spent 10 days in the NICU. We were matched with him before he was born and had originally planned to be at the hospital for his birth, but since he came early we missed it by a few hours. We were able to stay with him everyday with no restrictions. He is now a very active 2 year old and he keep us on our toes!!

~Jen

Posted by momof3boyz on Jul 01, 2011 at 4:47am

Hi! My daughter was born 5 weeks early weighing 5 lbs 13 oz and was 16 inches long. She did not have to spend any additional time in the hospital (she was in the hospital a total of 3 days but it was only that long because she was in CPS custody because of birth parent drama). She will be one on August 7 and is in the 50% for height and weight! We feel so blessed!

Posted by CarrieP on Jul 01, 2011 at 5:16am

Hello we are awaiting to join with our daughter in China. She was 3 pounds 3 oz at 10 days old with NO medical care during that time. We really don’t know what to expect. She is now soon to be 5. She is said to be shy, timid, quiet, delayed,gentle. Her orphange life has been pretty sad…we have a blog
I am trying to learn all I can with such limited information
http://mustardseedsizefaith.blogspot.com/
have a great day

Posted by Tammyhope on Jul 01, 2011 at 7:03am

I just adopted a little girl who was born on May 21, 2011 she was 26 weeks gestation and was 1 pound 11 ounces. She is still in the nicu nut us doing fabulous! We expect her prematurity will have little or no effect on her long tem prognosis. Today she is 2 pounds 12 ounces.
I have 2 blogs
meandmylittle4.blogspot.com
and daily (usually) baby updates at
ellaolson.blogspot.com

Posted by lacoleson on Jul 01, 2011 at 9:51am

I was born premature myself and I think its wonderful that you want to adopt a premature baby, and that birth mothers of these tiny infants can do that.

I would only adopt a premature baby if there where not Grandparents to take care of the baby, who wanted to take care of the baby. My maternal Grandparents who raised me, where approached by a couple in my Church, who wanted to adopt me. My Grandparents obviously already had custody. I feel bad for this family, they never adopted a child. I sometimes think its because I was in their church and a constant reminder of what they wanted but could not have.

That is my own experience with adoption. I think all children should have a chance with living with relatives first honestly. Why I am choosing orphan adoption. Those who have no known family, and whose families have not come to claim them. There are many orphans out there, and they need help.

But I am sure grateful for those parents like you, who have worked with agencies to adopt newborn children, whose birth mother, and family has agreed that adoption would be the best way to take care of these little ones. I am assuming that is the case in all of your cases. So please, I am not trying to make light of what you are going through.

Pulmonary problems for premature babies is common, so are heart issues, and be aware that they could also have speech problems, and some learning difficulties. I have asthma (but its also genetic in my family, so my chances for asthma, where a bit greater then those with no genetic predisposition), Dyscalculia (similar to Dyslexia, only with numbers), and have had some speech therapy, and reading therapy.

As a person born premature, that is where I come from.

Posted by SarahCB on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:08am

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