When I had my daughter, she was 3lbs and 4oz. She was pretty long considering – at 17 inches. After she was born and taken from the UV lights – she was brought into another room with several NICU babies – but ones that were a little more advanced and those that were transitioning to go home. I spent a lot of time in that room with her, singing her songs and holding her tiny fingers.
One morning when I came in, I was just in time to sit with her while they checked her vitals. My baby had LOST weight. She was down to 2lbs 9oz. I panicked. I thought to myself that my child would never leave the hospital and that I was destined to raise her in that little incubator.
A nice NICU nurse explained to me that all babies loose weight after birth. According to Kidshealth.org Babies loose between 7% – 10% of their birth weight after birth but typically regain that weight back in the next 2 weeks. Being that the baby was immersed in water while in my belly, once out – that excess water starts to expel – in my case it was so scary because she was already so small.
When my baby left the NICU she was a total of 4lbs 2oz – which I still felt In my heart of hearts was way too small to be bringing her home. As time went on she grew ounces at a time. It didn’t make me forget how scary it was at first for her to look like she lost so much weight that she looked like a little alien. Now she is of a healthier weight – even though she is still small.