Quoting B♥E♥A♥R:" I gave birth to my youngest on June 26th (31 weeks along) and he's now been in the hospital for 3 weeks ... [snip!] ... am suffering from PPD so that probably isn't helping the feeling. I miss him so much and I really just want to bring him home."
congratulations on your baby boy!
mine were born at 32 weeks, and stayed for four weeks exactly.
The last week of their NICU stay was somehow the hardest. I was fully recovered from my c section, things were *back to normal* everywhere except my babies were still not home.
not only that, but it felt like they would NEVER come home. They weren't taking any food by mouth at all still. Everything by tube only. It was so frustrating, trying again and again to get them to suck, and they just wouldn't. at all.
and I knew that they would have to take ALL their feeds by mouth before they let us go home, and I thought that wouldn't / couldn't happen, FOR MONTHS, at that rate.
but it did, suddenly. just like the nurses said it would. first, one girl decided she liked food. immediately, she really liked her food. she wanted all her food by mouth, THAT DAY.
and then, two days later, just when I was sure that I'd have to leave the other baby at the hospital, she, too, decided she LIKED FOOD. and then she wanted her food a lot, all of it.
we were all home two days later.
point is trust the nurses, try and be patient, and the NICU will begin to fade to a memory before you know it.
and don't buy too many preemie clothes! they grow out of them SO FAST!
best of luck, OP. hope you feel better and your little boy is home with you soon!