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Bennett Reis Born 11/16/2012

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November 22nd, 2012, 08:06 PM
BB4CaLs's Avatar Super Mommy
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Bennett Reis was born November 16, 2012 at 8:53am at 28 weeks 4 days weighing 3lbs 1oz and 15 3/4 inches long. I began losing pieces of my mucus plug a week ago Sunday and everyone kept telling me it was normal and that nothing was wrong. My doc even examined me and said I had no worries. I went to bed Thursday night feeling perfectly fine. I slept fine, woke up at 5:30-6 to pee, laid back down and thought I may have felt a contraction. It was painful, not like my normal BH. I chugged water and laid on my left side to see for sure. Sure enough not even 5 min later another came. I woke DH, got up and felt another, and another. I called the OB and told them I think I needed to come in. My mom came and picked me up and we arrived at the hospital at 6:45. I was definitely feeling contractions less than 5 min apart. It felt forever for them to actually take a look at me. The doc went to do a speculum exam to test for an infection and saw a bulging bag of waters. I was already 6cm dilated. They planned to transfer me to a different hospital but if they couldn't stop contractions I would deliver here. Everything happened so fast. They gave me steroids and Procardia. They barely finished an ultrasound and I was already fully dilated. DH made it just in time. I pushed, the doc broke my water, and after another push Bennett arrived just 3 hours after my start of labor.

He came out with a weak cry, they placed some oxygen, and within seconds he was pink and his vitals looked good. They wisked him to the nursery where the transport team arrived soon after. They intubated him and flew him by helicopter to a level 3 NICU. I was able to be discharged just 6 hours after having him.

That was 3 days ago. So much has happened since then but I'll give you the update. He is currently off the vent on CPAP requiring little to no oxygen. He has just one umbilical line in for nutrition and fluids. He has a feeding tube in his stomach and is tolerating breastmilk well. My milk came in just after a day and a half of pumping and I'm up to an ounce and a half already. He's gave me a few scary bradycardia spells and has an occasional murmur they are watching but so far all his tests and labs are coming back within normal expectations for his age.

He's a trooper and I'm soo in love. I just feel empty and lost coming home without my baby.. keep your babies safe in your tummies for as long as possible.

Here are some pics. I'll try and update more when I can.

Me (29) DH (27) parents to BC (3) and Bean (2)


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November 23rd, 2012, 01:13 PM
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He is gorgeous! How is he doing? How are you feeling?

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November 23rd, 2012, 08:13 PM
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How's little man? How are you feeling?
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November 24th, 2012, 11:38 AM
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Hope both baby and momma are doing well!
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November 24th, 2012, 12:15 PM
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What a beautiful boy!! I hope he's doing well!!
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November 24th, 2012, 02:00 PM
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Been thinking about you guys! Hope Bennett is doing well! He shares a birthday with me Please update us when you can and let us know how he is doing and you too!!

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November 25th, 2012, 10:22 PM
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Adorable hope he grows fast to come hoe soon
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November 26th, 2012, 03:52 PM
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Hope baby is doing well! He's simply precious!
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November 26th, 2012, 07:53 PM
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He is such a cutie! How are things going?

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November 27th, 2012, 08:46 PM
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He is absolutely precious. I'm sorry you had to go home empty handed, but so glad he's doing well. Will keep you in my prayers.
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November 28th, 2012, 11:33 AM
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He is a cutie! I hope things are going well for you and the baby..
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November 29th, 2012, 07:05 PM
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I hope that your little boy is growing strong and that you will be able to bring him home. Sending positive vibes your way
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January 7th, 2013, 12:06 PM
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Yay, looks like they are coming home today!!! Just saw it on the caringbridge site. Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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January 7th, 2013, 12:17 PM
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I saw that too! What an awesome day for them!
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