This Preemie is Catching Up

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If you had asked me 4 months ago if I thought Squish was going to be caught up, SVT free, and stronger than ever I would have said no. I thought that life was going to be so hard that I canceled everything on my schedule for the rest of the year. Disney Social Media Moms canceled. Reviewer’s Retreat canceled. Type A canceled. BlogHer cancelled. To say that I was bummed out was an understatement. But it was all for the best reason of all. My daughters care.

Right before we got ready to take her home from the NICU one of her cardiologist told me that she was an “especially difficult SVT baby.” So I prepared myself for a life with medication three times a day and heart rate tracking. That I could expect to be doing medications for at least a year. Now when I visit the cardiologist they tell me that they are going to send all of the SVT babies home with me so they can heal as fast as mine. September is rapidly approaching and they are going to start weaning her off of her heart medications if she doesn’t have any SVT episodes. So keep us in your thoughts. My tough cookie is going to break this SVT in record time.

She has also just caught up to her other 5 month old companions. Even though she is still on the lower end of the scale she isn’t lagging at all. I used to get so discouraged when someone would try to guess her age because they were 2 months off. Which in all fairness is her gestational age, but not anymore! I’m so happy  that now I won’t the confused Oh, I’m sorry looks. She’s a strong girl. She has pretty much kicked reflux in the butt. Although I still get puked on a lot. At least it’s not hurting her anymore. She actually smiles when she’s puking on me now, like it’s a game. I’m on to her.

My squishy peanut. I’m so lucky to have her in my arms nearly healed and healthy as can be. I hope those amazing blue eyes stick around too.

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  1. I’m so glad to hear that she is SVT free! And they grew quick, Ariel didn’t look like a preemie anymore by 6 months. And we just recently (yesterday) got the news that she has no allergies or celiac’s! Woot woot, cause I didn’t want to have to take bread away from her, she loves that stuff now.

  2. I’m thrilled that your little one is catching up. My daughter was born at 34 weeks and is still struggling with some things. Bradycardia had been a battle for her (along with an SVT episode) but finally she was taken off her A&B monitor this last month since her heart rate is only dropping to a safe low. However she struggles to gain weight and has severe reflux. Its an uphill battle but she’s worth it.


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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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