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I gave birth to my daughter on Valentine's Day at exactly 26 weeks. She is still in the NICU today and we are looking to bring her home in the next week or so. The last over 3 months have been hard to say the least. She had to have heart surgery to correct a PDA that wasn't closing on its own in March. Since then, things have gradually gotten better. We are anticipating her coming home on oxygen unfortunately because she does not do well consistently when they try and wean her off. hopefully she will grow faster and better at home with us and we won't have to worry about her being on the oxygen for long. She was born less than 2 pounds and now weighs 5 1/2 pounds and has grown 6 inches since birth (12 to 18 inches). The NICU is definitely a difficult journey, but I know once we look back on it we will be thankful years from now for the strength it has provided us as a family. I pray for each of you with similar experiences and especially for those whose babies never made it home.
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