While on vacation in Savannah, Georgia, Leo was born nearly 8 weeks early at 32 weeks and 5 days on October 26, 2012 at 2:29 A.M. He weighed 3lbs. and 8oz and measured 15.7 inches. Despite being born early, Leo was in good condition.
A few days after birth he needed to receive treatment for jaundice which required two rounds of phototherapy over a week’s time where we could only hold him for an hour a day.
In addition to this, Leo needed time to develop in order to regulate his own body temperature and learn to coordinate his ability to breathe, suck, and swallow.
Leo was air transported from Savannah’s Memorial Hospital to St. Paul’s, Vancouver, at 18 days old, where he stayed another 15 days.
By the end of his NICU stay, Leo went home as a breastfed baby after 33 days.
Several months into Leo’s stay at home, low weight and low milk supply for me was a concern. We looked to many lactation consultants for support, as well as local La Leche Leagues.
However, once he began eating solids at 6.5 months (adjusted to his due date) those concerns became part of his past. Leo may still be towards the bottom end of the WHO weight chart for his age, but he continues to be a breastfed baby who loves to eat solids and we are more than happy with his development. He is no longer that sleepy baby we worked hard to wake to eat, but he is rather the opposite. These days he’s out and about in the community, learning baby sign language, and fighting sleep everyday. He is a strong crawler, loves to stand, open and close doors, and get into anything he can get his hands on!
This past October, Leo had his first birthday and celebrated with friends and family in both Los Angeles and Seattle.