Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 30

Day 30: Today

Last day of the challenge.

BB#2 today. “Reading” one of his favorite books.

Today he learned a new word. He learned the name of the cartoon character Strawberry Shortcake, she is is called Eperke in hungarian. So today’s word is: Eperke. Yesterday he learned happy, in english πŸ™‚

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You can read about the challenge here:

http://anotherdayinmommadise.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/prematurity-awareness-month-30-day-photo-challenge/

Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 29

Day 29: Home

BB#2’s NICU discharge was a happy day πŸ™‚

Words cannot describe how good it felt to have him home. πŸ™‚

Also it was a little scary, not having a bunch of nurses and doctors around. I would always check if he was still breathing 😦

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BB#1 meeting his little borther for the first time. Poor thing had to wait 2 months to see his brother, since no kids were allowed in the NICU.

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Finally I could hold him whenever πŸ™‚

I am so skinny here from stress πŸ™‚

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Wasn’t he so cute ?

You can read about the challenge here:

http://anotherdayinmommadise.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/prematurity-awareness-month-30-day-photo-challenge/

Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 28

Day 28: Going Home

BB# 2 got to come home from the NICU after 51 days on january 15th, 2013.

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His empty incubator.

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The nurse dressing him up for the january cold.

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We didn’t have a preemie snow suit, so his snow suit was huge on him πŸ™‚

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Happy Birthday to you, Blackberry #2!

On tuesday, november 25th, BB#2 turned 2!

This year his birthday was more enjoyable for him and for me too. Last year he was too small to understand this whole birthday business and I was still very emotional from the memories of his early arrival and everything that came with that. This year I could mostly focus on the celebration of his birthday without the bad memories, I tried to keep busy that day so most of the flash backs did not happen.

BB#2 got a dog cake this year. He really likes dogs, so that is why he had a dog themed birthday.

He recognized the dog on the cake and said: vau-vau πŸ™‚

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He tried to blow out his candle:

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and he ate 2 pieces of cake. Marzipan covered, chocolate-banana cake πŸ™‚

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He liked his presents: a fisher price remote control and a Lego duplo first garden:

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I cannot believe my 1560 g (3.4 lbs), 40 cm (15.7 inch) preemie baby

Grew into a 11 kg 190g (24.6 lbs) toddler who is 85 cm (33.4 inch) tall πŸ™‚

I wish someone would have shown me back then a photo of him today πŸ™‚

Ten Thoughts Tuesday

1. Today BB#2 turns 2!

2. He was born 2 years ago at 30 weeks with 1560 g and 40 cm. Today he is 11190 g and 85 cm!

3. He had his yearly visit from a health visitor and she was satisfied with him.

4. BB#2 also got his shot against chicken pox last week. He will need one more of it in 2 months.

5. On Saturrday I took part in an another baby sale. There were not many buyers, I hardly made any money 😦 But I did sale 2 toys, a book and a mug. Probably the gas cost more to get there ….

6. On Sunday we already celebrated BB#2’s Birthday. He really enjoyed it this year. Post coming soon πŸ™‚

7. Monday I had a parent-teacher meeting with BB#1’s teacher. She said good things about him. His only problem is that he talks too softly and he doesn’t have enough self esteem, so sometimes he gets scared and is afraid to answer the questions even if he knows the answer. I don’t really know how to help him 😦

8. I also went to the dentist yesterday. I have been having a tooth ache for weeks now. He did an x-ray. He messed up the first one so he had to do another one (wow thanks for the double dose of radiation!), than something also happened to the second one (the machine swallowed the film ????), finally he said he does not see anything wrong on the x-ray, he also does not see a cavity. So all he did was give me another appointment in 3 months time….. thanks for nothing….

9. Husband will go to a conference tomorrow, so I will be alone with the boys for 2 days.

10. Now all the birthdays are done, now I have to start getting ready for Christmas.

Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 19 and 22

Day 19: Wide awake

I have one photo for both days πŸ™‚ He was about a month old when I could finally start seeing him awake πŸ™‚

Day 22: No tubes or wires

BB#2 was about 5 weeks old when he was finally without tubes or wires. But sadly this state only lasted a few days when he got an infection and was again full of tubes and wires 😦 But after overcoming the infection he was finally tube and wire free for good πŸ™‚

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If you would like to join in the challenge here are the details:

http://anotherdayinmommadise.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/prematurity-awareness-month-30-day-photo-challenge/

Ten Thoughts Tuesday

1. Last week was spent with BB#1’s Birthday.

2. BB#2’s Birthday is a week from today πŸ™‚

3. The weekend was busy, busy, busy.

4. Saturday morning we attended a double Birthday party.

5. Saturday night I went to my 20th High School reunion. First we met in our old high school, sat in our old desks πŸ™‚ Then we went out to dinner. It was great to spend an evening with adults, eating without anyone in my lap, no one screaming. It was great to see everyone. It would have been even more great if more people would have come, but oh well. Everyone seems to be doing well, we even had 4 teachers attend.

6. Sunday afternoon we celebrated world prematurity day at the theather, BB#1 got to see his first musical show. (see yesterday’s post: https://theblackberryboys.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/world-prematurity-day-2014/ )

7. Monday I went to the dermatologist, again, but this time I was lucky because she was finally there.

8. I had to take BB#2 with me and after the dermatology clinic I thought it was a great time to go to the post office, the bank and to get a coffee at my favorite cafe. By the time we got back to the car, we had a parking fine 😦 So monday did not start out to good. I thought I had 2 hours of parking, turned out I only had 1 😦

9. This afternoon we will have our second parent-teacher meeting at BB#1’s school.

10. I have been having a tooth ache. I called the dentist a week ago, and today they finally called back that I can go today around 3pm (they called like 2 hours before that). But I don’t have a babysitter, and at 5:30 I have to go to the meeting, so there was no way I could go 😦 I hate beening a stay at home Mom at times like this, when I feel so alone and helpless and I cannot go do something important, because I have nowhere to put the kid 😦 Wish me luck that I will get a new chance soon, that will be better for me…

World Prematurity Day, 2014

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photo from facebook.

World Prematurity Day is on 17 November each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide.

Today is the day to remember all the babies who were born too early.

Even though almost 2 years have passed, I still think about prematurity alot. It has, and is still affecting us, even after leaving the NICU.

On this day I am really thankful to all the doctors and nurses, who made it possible for Blackberry #2 to come home from the NICU after 51 days.

This year we celebrated by attending an event at the theater hosted by 2 of our city’s preemie foundations.

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BB#2 in a red sweater is getting his gift soap.

The beginning of the event was free. The kids could take a “behind the scenes” tour of the theater. We saw the orchestra pit, the hair and make-up room, and the stage ofcourse.

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Then from 5 pm, there was a musical show for kids, it was called Runaway Stars, the ticket prices were given to the preemie foundations. So after taking BB#2 home, BB#1 and I went back and watched the show. This was his first time at the theater, he really liked it.

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BB#1 waiting for the show to start.

2 photos from the show, both photos from the theater’s webpage, I don’t think it is allowed to take pictures.

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If you would like to read our preemie story, you can find it at:

https://theblackberryboys.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/world-prematurity-day/

Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 13

Day 13: Baby Sleeping

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In the first few weeks all BB#2 did was sleep. His favorite position to sleep (to this day) is on his stomach. Note all the hair on his little arm and back πŸ™‚ He was like a werewolf πŸ™‚ Luckily all that hair disappeared πŸ™‚

If you would like to join in the challenge here are the details:

http://anotherdayinmommadise.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/prematurity-awareness-month-30-day-photo-challenge/