I was about nine weeks when I had my first ultrasound. Behold, cute peanut Samuel. :)
Anyway. Reminiscing isn't my point. See the dates at the bottom? Remember my first paragraph about the gestational dates given by an early ultrasound being very accurate?
Both dates above put Samuel being born soundly at 23 weeks gestation. I know that we received the July 4th date at some point...but I searched through all of the other ultrasounds, prenatal appointments, etc....and I honestly can't figure out where that date came from.
If you know much about preemies, you know that just a few days make a BIG difference. If you compare survival rates of 23 and 24 weekers you would be staggered.
I'm not saying he WAS a 23 weeker...but it certainly would account for his more difficult than average NICU stay (NEC w/perforated bowel, PIE lung disease, pneumothorax, 7 weeks on the ventilator, growth issues, and 125 days hospitalized.) Either way, I'm thanking God every day for this baby of mine.