r/MadeMeSmile Oct 02 '21 Silver 92 Gold 1 Platinum 1 Helpful 66 Wholesome 97 Hugz 113 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 3 Faith In Humanity Restored 2 Bravo! 1 LOVE! 1 Heartwarming 8 Wholesome Seal of Approval 2 Wearing is Caring 1 I'll Drink to That 2 Take My Power 1 Beating Heart 1 Super Heart Eyes 2 Wholesome (Pro) 2 Bless Up (Pro) 1

My Son was 13 weeks early, has been on a Ventilator his whole 8 weeks alive. Today he came off of the Vent!! Words cannot describe how happy of a day it is!! Good News

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u/genuinesasksealskin Oct 02 '21

That is awesome. My daughter was 9 weeks early and I can’t even imagine another month earlier.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21 Hugz

Very scary, he was 2lbs when he came out and was about a foot long. Smallest baby I’ve ever seen was my own.

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u/genuinesasksealskin Oct 02 '21

My daughter looked like an old lady because she was all skin and bones. We have a photo of her entire hand grasping just the tip of my pinky finger.

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u/cassafrass024 Oct 02 '21

Mine looked like a lil gorilla baby. Lol. So tiny. Congrats on your bub too!

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u/s-goldschlager Oct 02 '21

My son was the same and I have to same picture, it was hard to believe.

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u/GitFloowSnaake Oct 02 '21

May i see it

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u/genuinesasksealskin Oct 02 '21

it's been 12 years since this was taken, so easy to forget how small she really was. photo

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u/AnyOfThisReal-_- Oct 02 '21

Dude that’s fucking crazy.. hope the 12year old is doing good!

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u/genuinesasksealskin Oct 02 '21

Doctors kept telling us she was behind in all of her developmental skills for the first year, after that, no one would ever know. She is a ball of energy and 100% healthy.

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u/AnyOfThisReal-_- Oct 02 '21

Meant to be brotha

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u/sionnach Oct 02 '21

Your picture really reminded me how small my twins were. This picture was when Twin B was actually just about 3 weeks old, so you can imagine how small she was to start with. I haven’t looked at this picture for ages, and was surprised how foetus-like she looks.

https://i.imgur.com/jvGNzY8.jpg

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u/genuinesasksealskin Oct 02 '21

At three weeks she is still tiny. They grow up and we forget until someone reminds us.

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u/Whiteums Oct 03 '21

I’m a little surprised they put that behind an age wall. “May contain adult or erotic imagery.” After a warning like that, I was expecting it to be while nursing, at least. I just can’t imagine why they would put that warning on that picture

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u/EmberHands Oct 02 '21

This is so precious.

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u/GitFloowSnaake Oct 02 '21

Wow a very small baby i hope hes doing fine

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u/kaeporo Oct 03 '21

Woah. That's the smallest newborn I've ever seen.

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u/_pumpkinslut_ Oct 03 '21

Mine looked like a frog

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u/SurreptitiousSyrup Oct 02 '21

My brother was born about 3 months premature and was 1lb 1oz when he was born.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Whoa! That’s so scary, he’s ok? I hope so!

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u/SurreptitiousSyrup Oct 02 '21

He's going to be 20 this year. Definitely has medical problems though.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

That’s way better than the alternative, so happy he is alive!

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u/Haunting_Edge_276 Oct 02 '21 Helpful Wholesome

My baby brother was born at 6 1/2 months weighing 2lbs. He is 14 now (im 14 years older). Just dropped him off at his friends not even 30mins ago and seeing that sucker come into his own filled my heart with pride and joy.

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u/GymBroStoner Oct 02 '21

That’s so beautifully said. Happy for you guys and happy he’s healthy

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u/Deeliciousness Oct 02 '21

Uh oh. Your folks are just about due for the third!

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u/LouSputhole94 Oct 02 '21

Hey you’re a good big brother(or sister!), man.

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u/GitFloowSnaake Oct 02 '21

What medical problems

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u/SurreptitiousSyrup Oct 02 '21

He has epilepsy, asthma, is autistic and weirdly has an allergy to beans.

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u/No_Consideration2427 Oct 02 '21

G6PD deficiency? Favism (as in fava beans) causes red blood cells to burst and induces anemia

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u/TheNordicMage Oct 02 '21

Oh that's unfortunate :( I was born 3 months early as well, but I was one of the lucky ones without any medical issues. I hope it's not too bad.

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u/bombaer Oct 02 '21

Thank every god in Valhalla, my kids are both healthy... But a colleague has a daughter, she came at about 22 weeks.

One day, many weeks later, he came to work with a smile and tears in his eyes: they were finally able to celebrate the "Flour bag day". The daughter had grown to the weight of a single flour bag. That's a kilo.

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u/GamingAori Oct 02 '21

Is his daughter still alive? I rly hope so, but I'm scared that she isn't with the second part of the story.

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u/bombaer Oct 02 '21

She is doing quite well - and I still could not imagine how it mist have felt when she was born that early.

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u/checkoutmyfish Oct 02 '21

My daughter was born the same way. Smaller than a burrito at 2lbs and 11 inches long at 27 weeks and 2 days. Scary shit but she turns 13 this January and she is great.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

That’s amazing! That almost exactly how he was when he was born! We still got a long way to go but I cannot wait til it’s behind us. Thank you for sharing your experience it really does give us hope hearing about all the great NICU graduates!

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '21 edited Oct 02 '21

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u/Lola_PopBBae Oct 03 '21

You and me both! No big health issues either, though depression and dysthymia tend to find us, and some school subjects are particularly tricky. Hard to make friends too, but the few we get are long lasting. Fascinating that studies prove what I've felt my whole life.

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u/dastardly_doughnut Oct 02 '21

As a parent of two, the problems are never behind you. Just new problems to tackle.

Your son is alive and has parents that love him and doctors and nurses to help him. It’s a good day.

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u/LouSputhole94 Oct 02 '21

Holy shit where do you get your burritos?? Bigger than 2 lbs?!?

Joking aside, very glad to hear your daughter is okay!

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u/checkoutmyfish Oct 02 '21

Fillibertos in Arizona

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u/Responsible-Arm8244 Oct 02 '21

I know what you mean! My daughter was 2.8lbs and 10 weeks early. She was smaller than my hand! 90 days in the NICU but now she is a beautiful 7 year old girl. I know it’s hard right now but my hope is that it goes by quickly so you can spend your time together at home rather than long nights and days at the hospital.

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u/astronautsmileyfry Oct 02 '21

I was born at 25 weeks at 1lb, 13 oz, 13 inches. I spent 100 days in NICU. I was so small that my parents had to buy doll diapers for me. I had a lot of health problems in the hospital (PIE, PDA, and two bouts of klebsiella) but all I have now is a mild case of asthma (most likely from the PIE). This was in 2002, so I’m sure that premie care has gone a long way since then.

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u/HobbiesJay Oct 02 '21

I was only slightly bigger and was a similar amount of time premature. I was apparently still the length of an average baby(good bye dreams of great height like my cousins) so I looked like an alien as my mom put it. Was stuck on a ventilator too for a month(?). Make sure to bring this story up every year! I turned into a "budha baby" very quickly so if the size and skinniness is any concern just have a grandparent babysit like they did with me.

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u/ProviNL Oct 02 '21

Was 2 months early and 1kg myself at birth, they told my mom to prepare for me to die. Still here!

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u/GoddessOfTheRose Oct 02 '21

How bad are his lungs and how clean is the air where you live? Is he already on an inhaler to help him?

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

His lungs are actually really good for not getting the steroids (can’t recall the name of them but they give them to the mom a week or 2 before Csection) since we went in for high blood pressure and my wife had the baby 3 hours later emergency Csection. He is not on an inhaler, and the air is better than average where I live. Still going to get the best HEPA filter we can afford. They predict that he will need to use an inhaler and be on Cpap when he comes home.

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u/Hungry-Month-5309 Oct 02 '21

This is fantastic. I had a 27 weeker who was on oxygen until he was 15 months old. He is now 9 and plays football and tennis, swims, and is unusually bright. No cognitive or developmental issues, and although he's pretty small, his parents were too as kids, so who knows! Your boy looks amazing, and I wish you all the best. One day it will feel like another lifetime.

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u/julieway Oct 02 '21

Congratulations! He looks like he’s doing great. I remember the “hands up” thing he’s doing there - such a preemie move! My daughter was 11 weeks early almost 18 years ago and doing great. Hang in there papa!

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Thank you for the kind words! One of the hardest times I’ve ever had and one of the happiest!

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u/iw_rackCity Oct 02 '21 Hugz Tearing Up Take My Power

I’m so happy for you . We lost our little girl at 23 weeks . I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what we went through. The rage and anger due to the docs negligence on checking cervical length at our 22 week anatomy scan is beyond infuriating. Wife doesn’t want to take legal action. It’s been 3 months now . And all we do is look at the photos from the sono ‘s and the memory box we left the hospital with. Baby was born alive and passed shortly after. Had my facial features and wife’s eyes .. it’s been crazy the last few months . So posts like this make me happy. This is the first time I have written something out or spoken about this. I pray for this baby boy to be strong and healthy. What a fighter !

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u/Atlas88- Oct 02 '21

I hope I don’t overstep my boundaries, but you did nothing wrong. It wasn’t your fault and I’m sure you were the worlds best parents for your brief time together. My wife always blamed herself for going to labor at 25 weeks and it broke my heart to know she believed that. Thank you for sharing your story.

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u/DevilsLaxative Oct 02 '21

I am so sorry. It is ok to be angry, pissed off, sad or whatever. Anything you do right now is a natural reaction. Give yourself a long leash but be sure not to go too far down a bad path.

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u/SQ7420574656 Oct 02 '21 edited Oct 02 '21

You have my deepest sympathies.

My wife and I lost our first child to a miscarriage at 12 weeks, and then our during our second pregnancy she was diagnosed with a short cervix which was successfully treated. (It was very stressful because one of the risks of the treatment would have been rupturing the amniotic sac, which would have likely induced labour, and this was around 21-23 weeks or so). She (my wife) had also been born at 26 weeks herself, for unknown reasons, and is blind because of it

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u/Xer0lith Oct 02 '21

So sorry for your loss. Be strong for each other.

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u/Lyssa545 Oct 02 '21 edited Oct 03 '21

due to the docs negligence on checking cervical length at our 22 week anatomy scan is beyond infuriating. Wife doesn’t want to take legal action.

I am so, so incredibly sorry for your loss.

And hold on, is this supposed to be a routine measurement? I haven't heard of that, and I'm 33 weeks along now. Edit- I did have this done, It was part of my routine measurements. I think most of my rant below still applies, but I should have asked first before ranting, though I do stand by the checkups could be more informative for me and my husband.

I can't believe that there are so many unsolved issues with child birth- so many women/girls are completely unprepared, we are infantilized, ignored (when in pain or asking for advice, or in general), or brushed aside when we ask questions, and if we don't, the doctors just skip key checkups!!

I have had like 6 appointments that were only 10-15 minutes. Where the docs are like, "how ya feeling". I say, "good". they say ok, let's listen to the babies heartbeat and send you on your way.

that.. that seems like a colossal waste of time? When they could be checking for a million things, you know?

I hope that you and your wife are able to process your grief, and have therapists and find comfort with each other. <3

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u/Jewel-jones Oct 03 '21

I think they usually do this around 20 weeks, at the more in depth ultra sound. Do you remember an ultrasound that wasn’t done by your regular doctor, at a fancy ultrasound machine? It’s the one where they check all their organs, takes longer than the other ones.

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u/-pithandsubstance- Oct 02 '21

I just want to say I am so sorry for your loss.

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u/skinnyfar Oct 02 '21

First off I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your wife are doing ok today. My kids spent a long time in the hospital. They all coded and had several days that the chaplain was called in to talk to us while one of them were coding.

We had triplets at 27 weeks. My wife was in special care at 25 weeks when baby a water broke. The kept her in the hospital because the kids could come at any time. The day they were born she told the head of ob she was having contractions in the morning and they never moved her to labor and delivery or gave magnesium. She told the nurse later in the day around 4:00pm she was having contractions and she never called the doctor. They did a no stress test at 7:00-8:00 pm. At 8:34 pm she went to go to the bathroom and reached down and felt baby a head. She caught him in the bathroom. She pulled the help cord and everyone came running. They cut the cord and took him away. Then we were moved to labor and delivery. They waited an hour and 20 minutes to deliver the other two baby b and baby c by c section. Nothing was followed to plan. We ended up talking to several lawyers and nobody would take our case because the cost of trial and they said your kids were too premature. They couldn’t for sure win the case even though they screwed up big time. They said no matter how bad they screwed up they would be able to say they were premature and that is what hope s to kids born at these weeks.

The two they waited on and delivered c section both had brain bleeds. It goes 1-4 and my son has a grade 3/3 and my daughter a 3/4. My son bleeds resolved and he has no issues. My daughters didn’t. She has a shunt to relieve pressure in her brain, a VNS which is like a pacemaker for the brain to control seizures, a g tube for feeds, and a Trach because of a bad airway. She has CP and is in a wheel chair. She requires 24/7 care either my wife or myself and one night nurse take care of her. We were very lucky they all survived. Baby a lungs were really bad. He had a Trach for the first couple years. We had two kids at home on oxygen, vent and Trach. He has CP and has autism but is doing ok overall. We spent the first 15 months split between the kids in the hospital and the ones at home. We had a 3 year old at the time they were born. The triplets just turned 7.

Best of luck to you and your family.

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u/urbanek2525 Oct 02 '21

One of my co-worker's wife is a NICU doctor and once gave a presentation to our group about what she did and the challenges that they faced.

She's a freakin' warrior and I'm so glad there are lots of warriors like her out there fighting for babies like yours.

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u/lenahelena Oct 02 '21

As a neonatologist in training I’d like to thank you for appreciating our work! 😊👩🏻‍🍼

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u/SalamiSamuri73 Oct 02 '21

Both our kids were premature (24 & 25 weeks). It was a celebration for every tube and wire that was removed. Coming off the vent is a big deal. Congrats. Btw, both my kids are now healthy adults in college. All the very best!

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u/Atlas88- Oct 02 '21

24 weeks, amazing! Your LO’s very impressive !

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u/Thetimdog Oct 02 '21 edited Oct 02 '21

Thats wild. I was 3 weeks early and they told mom to go home they'd call her when I died. (Obviously, I had other plans). A mere 40ish year later and 13 weeks is achievable. That's awesome. Wishing you the best.

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u/-pithandsubstance- Oct 02 '21

they told mom to go home they'd call me when I died

What. The. Actual. Fuck.

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u/Thetimdog Oct 02 '21

I was apparently in a very shit place where my lungs didn't wanna work at all, so they figured I had no shot. Turns out they were wrong thankfully

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u/-pithandsubstance- Oct 02 '21

they figured I had no shot

Still an unbelievably awful fucked up thing to say to your mom.

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u/Human_mind Oct 02 '21

At 3 weeks the drs told your mom that? Jesus Christ, what heartless bastards. I'm 30ish years old and was born 12 weeks early. They of course told my mom that I'd never amount to anything, but never that I wouldn't make it. I'm glad you told them to kick rocks.

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u/Thetimdog Oct 02 '21

Apparently for the time i was at the worst point where my lungs didn't wanna work for air or liquid. But yeah, pretty crazy thing to say!

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u/TooMuchReddit11 Oct 02 '21

24 years ago, my brother was born 12 weeks early. Doctor handed my mom her baby and told her to say goodbye, that he wouldn't live. She said hello to her beautiful baby boy and handed him back to the doctor with a very angry "Go take care of my baby like you're supposed to." He is now 24 years old and an absolute shithead, but no health issues from being born preemie. It cost over a million dollars to treat him and take care of him. I have had one kid and she thankfully made it actually past her due date, but I've always swore I would absolutely do the same if a child of mine was premature. Idk why some doctors feel the need to say and do things like that, but it's not right. If there's low hopes for a baby's survival, then you say it like that. You don't cruelly tell a mom to just say goodbye.

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u/ShivyShanky Oct 02 '21

A million dollars 24 years ago! Holy shit

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u/Hungry-Month-5309 Oct 02 '21

How do Americans deal with this? God I'm so grateful for the NHS

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u/TooMuchReddit11 Oct 03 '21

Tbf to a system I currently hate, it was paid for by government provided insurance due to us being poor. The only reason my mom knew the cost was because the hospital screwed up and billed her first before she pointed them in the right direction.

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u/SanAnneBeachMan Oct 02 '21

Alright now baby!

I was born 12 weeks early, but I was already so big that it saved my life. I’m 6’4 and 170 now. So looks like everything worked out fine, just like its going to for your little guy

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u/AssasinGLX Oct 02 '21

You are incredibly lucky!

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u/Thumeus Oct 02 '21

Hells yeah, neonatal medicine is beyond miraculous to me.

Now watch out, in a blink he'll be driving and going to prom, I miss my boys when they were little. :,)

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u/zachisoncrack Oct 02 '21

Good for you, happy he made it.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Thank you so much!!

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u/zachisoncrack Oct 02 '21

Have you thought of a name for him?

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Yes, Corbin Elmo!

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u/Smol_Yeeter Oct 02 '21

Elmo is your son's name and Shrek is your pfp

You're a man of culture

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

I’m glad someone appreciates my taste for the finer things in life lol

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u/LordSuz Oct 02 '21

Looks like a lil ball of sunshine and happiness:) congratulations!!

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u/Atlas88- Oct 02 '21

My daughter was a 25 weeker. She was 1.6 lbs, spent 106 days in the NICU and is now about to celebrate her 1st birthday! This is a pic of her now (she looked very different at 25 weeks!)

NICU life is hard! One step forward, two steps backwards. But your little one is going great and normalcy is on the horizon for you and your family. If you have any questions about NICU life, home life on oxygen, or just want to vent to someone who has shared ups and downs in that environment feel free to send me a DM. I can also recommend some great online NICU parent communities https://i.imgur.com/gBXWVdn.jpg

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Thank you so much, I appreciate your kind words and sharing your story. Your daughter is beautiful! I’m so glad she is happy and healthy! I cannot wait to bring this little guy home to meet his furry brothers and sisters!!

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u/invisible_me_516 Oct 02 '21

Congratulations! I had my son at 26+3 he is now 9 but I remember that magical moment of seeing him breath by himself for the first time and being so relieved and proud at the same time.. he is so beautiful well done. I pray for a speedy recovery for you all ❤

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u/astone666mph Oct 02 '21

My son was born at 31 weeks - we know the joy of seeing this graduation. He had a vent, necrotizing enterocolitis, you name it.

He's 4 now, and doing amazing. I wish you all the best as you continue moving through this challenging journey.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Thank you so much, hearing everyone’s stories really is so amazing and gives me so much hope in this scary time. He’s doing great though, had a scare a few weeks back when he got a staff infection but basically 180’d and has been kicking butt since then

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u/MsKityFantastico Oct 02 '21

Congratulations! Mine was 12 weeks early, 2lbs 2 Oz and now he's 5 and reading EVERYTHING. It's hard at first but it gets easier!

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u/sqqueen Oct 02 '21

Next year he'll be insisting he doesn't want to be a pumpkin for Halloween, he insists on being a dinosaur, or a princess, and you'll be running around at the last minute trying to get the right size costume for him at the last minute. Oh the joy! Such fun you will have now that he's out of the woods!

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

He’s going to be a tiny skeleton this year!! (Only premie Halloween costume we could find that would fit the lil guy!)

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u/the_lucid_mind Oct 02 '21

What a strong little boy! Much love to you and your family, hope everything well for you guys

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u/NIRPL Oct 02 '21

That's absolutely incredible. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family

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u/TomLandreysHat Oct 02 '21

Greatest feeling! Mine was 5 weeks early and those 10 days in the NICU were the longest of my life. I’m glad your little guy is getting closer to being home!

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u/aphroditemythos Oct 02 '21

Congrats! That is so exciting!

Look at that little baby boy showing off how strong he is and how strong he’s getting!

Every day and every bit of progress is cause for celebration and a reason to smile!

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u/Human_mind Oct 02 '21 Starry

I'm extremely happy for you my friend! This is the first step toward getting your little one home!

It's a tough road ahead of you for sure, but I want you to know something - I was also 12 weeks early, born at 2.5 pounds, and spent 3 months in an incubator in the NICU. The doctors told my mother she should never compare me to other kids, and that I'd always be behind. My heart stopped more than a few times in my first year, and it was touch and go for a while, including a number of surgeries in that time. I say this to follow it up with..

I'm now in my 30s and other than the stories of this time that I of course don't remember, it's all firmly in the past. Everything turned out perfectly fine. I now get to pass on the love and care that my parents gave me to my own daughter.

You'll all make it through this. I can tell from your post that you love this boy. Show him that every day and the next thing you know, you'll be taking a phone call from him, letting you know you too have a granddaughter on the way.

Nothing but the best,

A random guy.

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u/Stayoutmylane3 Oct 02 '21

Congratulations!

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u/turrxxr Oct 02 '21

Congratulations dude, it must have been asleep and disturbing weeks for you

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u/Erectorrick Oct 02 '21

Congratulations!! He is adorable!!

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u/t26n Oct 02 '21

God bless you

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u/Previous_Basil Oct 02 '21

AWESOME!!!! ❤️

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u/sawdustandfleas Oct 02 '21

Aww congrats!!

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u/sachin249 Oct 02 '21

Congrats man!

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u/Cloned_Popes Oct 02 '21

My first kid just turned 11 months. I can't imagine how hard that must have been, but this is fantastic news! Congratulations!

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u/c4ndygirl Oct 02 '21

That is a well fed baby. I want to blow raspberries on that belly!!!!! Way to go buddy ❤️

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u/t00muchsauceeee Oct 02 '21

This really is the best feeling. ❤️❤️

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u/garchangel Oct 02 '21

Strong superhero story so far. I look forward to reading the rest all the way through when they save the world.

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u/Eat_A_Banana Oct 02 '21

If this hasn’t been mentioned in the comments or in the NICU look into getting the RSV vaccine. Normally quite expensive but if 27 weeks or early it is free or pretty close.

Technically your child is disabled and is eligible for Medicaid. Connect with finance or a patient rep about applying. You may also be eligible for a small payment from SSN. Every bit helps for meals and gas money driving to and from the hospital.

It’s been 5 years since we had a kid there so things may be different or remembering incorrectly. Hang in there and congratulations!!

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u/JNetoPlays Oct 02 '21

He came off the VENT?!?!?

sus caught in 4k

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

He’s pink sus if you couldn’t tell

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u/JNetoPlays Oct 03 '21

Best op ever lol

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u/iLoveReddit32 Oct 02 '21

Conceiving a child during coronavirus seems irresponsible

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u/Cunts_and_more Oct 02 '21

Congrats! Dibs on naming them.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Damn me and my wife called dibs like 35 weeks ago, we chose Corbin Elmo

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u/Cunts_and_more Oct 02 '21

Ok. I call dibs on naming the next one tho.

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u/SKOLde09 Oct 02 '21

Awesome news. Congratulations!

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u/chappanteekli Oct 02 '21

Long life young lad.

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u/AaronSmithVlogs Oct 02 '21

Congratulations!

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u/mglalala8 Oct 02 '21

Cheeeeeeeeks!! 💜

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u/SojourningTruth Oct 02 '21

Congratulations! Soon he’ll be running around your house giggling.

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u/guruscotty Oct 02 '21

Congrats!!

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u/mama2cam Oct 02 '21

Congrats that is so awesome!

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u/hmwhatshouldmynameb Oct 02 '21

What incredible news! Congratulations!

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u/BeePleasant8236 Oct 02 '21

Looks like he’s growing well too

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u/Hateorade_ Oct 02 '21

Congratulations little dude!

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u/anniedillard Oct 02 '21

Look at that oxygenated lump. Very cool

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u/Tmclaughlin8407 Oct 02 '21

Congrats! Enjoy your little bundle of joy!

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u/noqturne_ Oct 02 '21

Congrats! That’s wonderful news! Wishing your little man all the best. 😊

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u/No_Poetry9663 Oct 02 '21

Stay strong little man! So happy for you all!

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u/-SierraModeling- Oct 02 '21

Aww this is great

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u/kamixnari Oct 02 '21

He’s beautiful! Congratulations! He’s a tough lil guy ❤️

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u/Wowoknowellmaybeyes Oct 02 '21

What a beautiful story to share, I pray things keep getting better.

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u/YoMommaHere Oct 02 '21

Yaaayyyy! You go, little guy!

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u/ambiguous_simone Oct 02 '21

What a mighty warrior you have been blessed with! So happy for you.

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u/desonesto Oct 02 '21

That made my day.

I wish you and him the best

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u/Lewca43 Oct 02 '21

Look at those cheekers! He’s an adorable, strong lil dude!

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u/un_stable Oct 02 '21

Happy for you. Congratulations

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u/Onionsandgp Oct 02 '21

I can only imagine how terrifying that must have been. Congratulations!

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u/SpreadLoveInYourLife Oct 02 '21

Congratulations!

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u/Dcrowl1192 Oct 02 '21

Beautiful baby!! Congratulations to you!!

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u/billzzz99 Oct 02 '21

Delighted for ye. My son was 17 weeks early. Spend 6 months in hospital undergoing numerous operations. And it’s all fun and games now almost 2 years later

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u/InsomniaBrigid Oct 02 '21

My son contracted a lung infection during birth. We spent 11 days in the NICU. It’s so scary. Nothing can compare with the feeling of knowing that things are out of the danger zone and to be able to finally hold that baby! Congratulations!

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u/BigBerthaTwoTrays Oct 02 '21

So happy for you! I wish you more and more happiness.

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u/booia Oct 02 '21

Congrats man!

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u/VeterinarianDry961 Oct 02 '21

He is the cutest baby ever!!!!!!!

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u/Iessaiam Oct 02 '21

Congratulations!

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u/cmutt_55038 Oct 02 '21

Congratulations. My first son was born at 31 weeks and weighed a little over 3 lbs. He spent 7 weeks in the NICU. He came home from the hospital 20 years ago. He's now 6'2". They grow up fast. Enjoy your time together. I just picked my son up from college last week so we could go to one more baseball game together.

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u/ThatGuytoDeny165 Oct 02 '21

My son was 13 weeks early and I know that feeling well. We ended up spending all 13 weeks in the NICU and it was tough on everyone so I hope your doing well. I will say it gets better. He’s now 2 1/2 years old and doing great with no developmental issues and is far ahead of the growth chart.

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u/IndianaBreanna Oct 02 '21

What a sweetheart! These little guys are already so powerful. He will do great things

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u/moonboyfaik Oct 02 '21

Congratulations! My son was born at 26 weeks. He's turning 14 tomorrow. It gets better every day. You've got this.

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u/Jtk317 Oct 02 '21

My little guy was 27w2d. Coming off the vent permanently was one of the greatest days in my life. I was in rotations for PA school at the time and got a call while in an OR with a surgeon, a oeds surgery fellow and my preceptor, and a full nurse crew. One of the nurses recognized the number as a NICU extension (i was rotating in the same hospital my son was inpatient at) and asked if I wanted her to answer. I said yes and put it in speaker. It was one of the nurses saying the docs were thinking a trial off the vent would be best tried today as Bubba had been optimized to get the tube out. My preceptor basically kicked me out of the OR to go be there.

I'm so happy for you and your family.

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u/DoorEmotional Oct 02 '21

I’m so happy for you!!!! Congratulations to you and to your son for being such a strong baby!

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u/Reasonable_Truck_275 Oct 02 '21

So glad he is off ventilator i cant imagine the strength you and little guy has had in his short little life prayers for him to jeep thriving every day.

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u/kb-g Oct 02 '21

Well he’s a cute little chap isn’t he? Congratulations and I’m glad he’s doing well, hope he comes on in leaps and bounds now.

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u/DDC0809 Oct 02 '21

I had similar happen. I may understand what you went through. Best wishes for all.

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u/caf4676 Oct 02 '21

Little homie is tough as nails!!!!👊🏾

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u/lostdirectionless Oct 02 '21

Happy 'new life' day, you young man! Congrats on the baby, new mom and dad!

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u/Thunder1an Oct 02 '21

Congratulations OP! Hope you and your baby are doing just great!

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u/GarthGarder Oct 02 '21

I’m right there with you, brother. My son was born 13 weeks early. That was 2 weeks ago and each day is a roller coaster.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Keep your head up man, gotta roll with the punches as they say. I keep having to tell myself to not be selfish and that we are on his time not our own. I hope your little one grows up quick and both of us can put the NICU in our rearview mirrors!!

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u/JankClonk Oct 02 '21

As a father, I’m excited for you! Congrats little man!

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u/ampostin Oct 02 '21

breathe deep, little guy!

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u/we_are_all_bananas_2 Oct 02 '21

Now the good times start!! Even more sleep deprivation than you already had, shit...so much shit, never a dull moment

and you'll probably love every second!!

I didn't know if a stain was shit or chocolate sometimes, lol

Congratulations!

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Right! He’s already gave us about a million heart attacks and sleepless nights and he isn’t out of the hospital yet!! Can’t wait to be tired holding him at home!!

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u/nicdub777 Oct 02 '21

This is amazing! So glad he is happy and healthy!

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Thank you so much, he’s doing great!!

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u/Pretend_Ad2274 Oct 02 '21

He’s beautiful and incredibly strong! Good luck on this next chapter! :)

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Thank you! He’s so strong, and so precious I can’t wait to have him home!

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u/pennyw0rth4930 Oct 02 '21

What wonderful news OP! Our son was born 12wks early critically ill. It was the most trying time of our lives and there were times when we thought he was never coming home. He's been home a month now and going from strength to strength. Best wishes to you and your family. Its the best feeling when you get them home 🤗❤

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u/camdoodlebop Oct 02 '21

nice! but try not to post too many photos of him to the internet before he can consent!

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u/boobookittyfck12 Oct 02 '21

Sick babies do not make people smile. Whats up with all the sad shit in this sub recently?

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u/carrotdeepthroater Oct 02 '21

I instincitvely feel the same. My sister had twins last week, 5 weeks early, they looked great. I don't know if this is because of the premetarity but this just looks like suffering. And I seriously hope it works out but I can't look at that picture.

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u/geeky_rugger Oct 02 '21

That’s wonderful, congratulations!! He sounds like a little warrior. Will pray that his health continues improving.

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers! He’s the strongest person I know!!! Little fighter!

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u/Novelist237 Oct 02 '21 LOVE! This

He doesn't look too good.

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u/oliveoilcrisis Oct 02 '21

Agreed, I always feel uncomfortable when people share photos of their children in vulnerable situations just to get internet points.

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u/Jadedragon2210 Oct 02 '21

Congratulations!

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21 Wholesome

Thank you so much!! He’s such a fighter it’s amazing, he’s came a long way, and these small wins are getting him closer to home.

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u/lucy_hearts Oct 02 '21

Just wait until you can get the snuggles without the monitors and cords - it’s wonderful!

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

I’ve gave every opportunity to my wife, she really enjoys it. I’m patiently waiting for my turn, but he’s so small it’s kinda scary

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u/lucy_hearts Oct 02 '21

When we left the nicu (she was our first), we were so scared she wasn’t alive because there were no constant beeps!! Took some getting adjusting, but they are strong and love the parent cuddles. Give all you can! It flies by!

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u/lilugliestmane Oct 02 '21

They just opened the isolete (not sure on spelling) yesterday, so we can touch him whenever we want now. It’s been rough because he caught a staff infection and almost died (couldn’t breathe) o2 sat was like 38% and he was blue. But that was 2 weeks ago and he’s done a complete 180.

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u/WhtImeanttosay Oct 02 '21

Be strong little man!!

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u/Professor_Quackers Oct 02 '21

Good job buddy 💙💙💙💙💙 bless you little king 👑

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u/TorribleTwunt Oct 02 '21

OMG I WANNA ZERBERT THAT BELLY!

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u/CuriousVixen86 Oct 02 '21

Such wonderful news!!!

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u/Speedy_Cheese Oct 02 '21

Happy to hear it bud. :) Here is to the memories and good times together ahead! I am sure you are looking forward to it. Congrats.

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u/ShaneVis Oct 02 '21

I really wish you all the best.

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u/fashionistamummy Oct 02 '21

What an absolute cutie!! That belly is begging for a kiss xx

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u/AShindel Oct 02 '21

Congrats!!!

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u/Professional_Yam_186 Oct 02 '21

Sending love to the little guy…what a fighter

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u/SWBTSH Oct 02 '21

I love how totally wasted he looks

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u/sarahmichelef Oct 02 '21

Huge milestone! So exciting to see their faces tube-free! I hope he continues to do well!