Happy Birthday Blackberry #1!

Today Blackberry #1 turns 7!

He got his wish: Legos and Transformers ๐Ÿ™‚

This years cake:

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A MINION CAKE ๐Ÿ™‚ Chocolate-banana flavour.

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BB#1 happy with his gift ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blowing out the candle.

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And I can’t believe he used to be this small.

Happy Birthday my Baby!

You can read about some of his previous cakes here:

https://theblackberryboys.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/birthday-cakes/

Project 52, Week #44

Here is one of our Halloween photos. There is no Halloween here in Hungary, but we do carve a pumpkin every year.

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The top photo was after about 100 shots ๐Ÿ™‚

Here what it really looks like when you put 2 kids on a table with a pumpkin. One will try to jump off the table while the other one tries to help. Note the broom in BB#2’s hand, who is not willing to let go of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 10

Day 10: Momma and Baby

This was our first photo together. BB#2 was about 2 weeks old here. I look like crap here, but I guess not many people look good 2 weeks after birth with a baby in the NICU ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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/

Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 9

Day 9: Tubes and Wires

This was after his CPAP was removed. He still had a feeding tube, a PICC line, and IV, and a pulse-oxymeter.

This isย  Preemie diaper on him, still looking really huge on him.

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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/

Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 8

Day 8: Tiny toes

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This photo was taken after BB#2 came home. His little foot in BB#1’s hand ๐Ÿ™‚

When BB#2 was born, orfcourse he was very small, but his feet were big compared to the rest of him. His foot was the same size as his leg from his knee to his ankle ๐Ÿ™‚

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This a more painful photo. BB#2’s little toes in the NICU. They poked his little (big) toe so many times, it was usually purple ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He has little scars on his toes to remind him ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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/

Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 6

DAY 6: Food

While theyโ€™re in the NICU, premature babies have several milestones to meet before they can go home with their parents. Before NICU discharge, premature babies need to be able to breathe, eat, and keep their temperatures stable.

Breathe without oxygen: One of the first milestones that many premature babies meet is being able to keep their oxygen saturation high without needing extra oxygen or other respiratory support. Many preemies need some kind of respiratory support soon after birth. Some babies may only need extra oxygen for a short time, but others need it for longer. Babies who are very small or very early at birth are at risk for a chronic condition called BPD and may need extra oxygen even after theyโ€™re ready to go home.

Luckily we did not need to be intubated, even though I did not get any steroid shots before BB#2 was born. BB#2 did not get any surfactants either after he was born. He was on CPAP for a few days and after that he got oxygen into his incubator for a few weeks. And finally he was breathing on his own without any help, any plus oxygen. He did not develope BPD.

Maintain a stable temperature: Most premature babies need to sleep in an incubator to stay warm. Premature babies arenโ€™t able to keep themselves warm. It is a milestone that is based on weight more than gestational age, and most babies are able to keep themselves warm by the time they weigh about 4 pounds.

Take all feedings by mouth: Premature babies are not as strong as full-term babies and arenโ€™t able to coordinate sucking and swallowing until about 32 to 34 weeks gestational age. Most premature babies are nourished with TPN (total parenteral nutrition, a type of IV fluid that provides total nutrition to someone who cannot take any nourishment by mouth. TPN contains sugars, electrolytes, vitamins, proteins, and fats, and can supply all of the nutrients that the body needs. Premature babies often receive TPN while their intestines mature. The TPN will be given through an IV, an umbilical catheter, or a PICC line. When milk feedings are started, the amount of TPN that a baby receives will gradually be tapered down as the milk feedings are increased.) at first, and they are fed through a feeding tube until theyโ€™re strong enough to drink from the breast or from a bottle. Before babies can be discharged from the NICU, they should be eating from a bottle well enough that they are gaining weight steadily.

BB#2 had the most problems with feedings. He had a feeding tube for about 6 weeks, through which he got my breast milk that I pumped for him around the clock. He also received parenteral nutrition through his PICC line for weeks. In the begining he had problems with digesting my milk. He would get sick from it. So there would be days he did not get any milk, just the TPN. It was the most awful feeling that I would take him the milk and they would say he cannot be fed through his tube yet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We had to run at this feeding issue 3x times before he finally stopped getting sick and could start getting my milk, but this took about the first 10 days of his life. They also started to investigate if he has NEC (Necrotizing enterocolitis, where portions of the bowel undergo necrosis (tissue death)). They said the x-ray did not prove this, and finally he overcame the problems and started digesting the milk.

Eventually he learned to take a bottle, and a few days before his discharge he started learning the art of breastfeeding, which he continued to do untill he was 9 months old. My milk however was not enough so we had to supplement with formula and pumped milk, so our feeding routine was a pain in the…. First measure baby, then breastfeed, measure baby again, calculate how much he ate, then make some formula, feed to baby. Then pump the remaining milk that he left inside, because he was too tired to work that hard ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So as you can see feeding preemies are not easy. Not easy for the baby, or the Mom or the doctors/nurses.

And still we came out lucky because after the initial problems we did not develop reflux or any oral aversions and we were not even colicky

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BB#2, 11 days old. You can see the feeding tube in his mouth and the TPN went into his arm. (not the one pictured, the other one).

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/

Prematurity Awareness Month 30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 5

November is Prematurity Awareness Month.

At anotherdayinmommadise I found a 30 day photo challenge which I am joining:

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

Please check out her blog.

Since it is already day 5, I won’t do all of the days, since I don’t have pictures for all the topics anyway.

Some of these photos, memories will be painful and it won’t be good to remember but it will be good to realize how far we have come.

Day1: Baby Bump

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This Ultrasound photo was taken 3 weeks before Blackberry #2 was born, so at 27 week.

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This is my favorite baby bump photo. This was taken 1 week before BB#2 was born, so at week 29. We were having BB#1’s 5th birthday party. I had just bought this maternity top and I had only gained 1.5 kilos.

Day 2: Happy Birthday

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Blackberry #2 was born on the 25th of november, 2012. His due date was January 31st, 2013. He was born at 30 weeks via emergency C-section due to a placental abruption. They said if I had arrived to the hospital 5 minutes later it would have been too late for him. He was born with and APGAR score of 9/10. He was 1560g and 40cm. Since I was under general anasthesia I did not see him, when he was born. He was taken to the NICU right away by an ambulance. This phot was taken by my Mom, BB#2 was a few hours old here. I didn’t get to meet him in person untill he was 3 days old ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I onyl had this picture till then. He was really cute ๐Ÿ™‚

Ten Thoughts Tuesday

1. There was no TTT last week because we were on vacation. Hurray! ๐Ÿ™‚

2. BB#1 had his fall break from school from October 23rd to November 2nd.

3. On October 23rd we celebrated my Dad’s 70th Birthday at a restaurant. His birthday is on the 25th but this was the day my brother could attend.

4. On October 26th we left for our fall vacation.

5. 4 nights, 5 days at our favorite Hotel, up north in the mountains in the middle of nowhere in the woods. Hotel Oxygen and Zen Spa.

6. We had a great room, huge, top floor, 3 huge windows with a huge tub in the room. It looked something like this:
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7. We had fun at the spa, ate alot and took mini field trips.

8. The only bad thing was that BB#1 got an ear infection from all that swimming.

9. But by monday he was all better so he could go to school.

10. BB#1’s birthday is in 9 days so I am busy getting ready for the celebrations, presents etc…