This scares me more than anything about having a baby. I hope I'm not asking too much, but did you and your husband take all of the SIDS precautions (back sleeping)?
Yes we did. We were pretty much OCD about it because he was a preemie to begin with...born at 25 weeks pregnant and he weighed in at 2 pounds and was 11 inches long. He spent the first 3 months in the NICU fighting for his life. I was as prepared as a mom can be to lose him during that period..the odds of him surviving were stacked against him. He beat all of the odds though and as each day passed once he was home, the fear of losing him faded away. I felt like we were home-free and by the time 7 months rolled around, those stressful, tumultuous days in the NICU seemed a distant memory.
Most people believe that a child has to be asleep to die from SIDS. While this is true in the overwhelming percentage of deaths, there are some who fall victim to SIDS while awake. Kyle was at the baby sitter's house and I was at work in the ER of our local hospital. I was the only nurse working the ER that day..it's a very small hospital. Long story short, the ambulance called and said they were enroute with a 7 month old, CPR in progress and it never occurred to me that it might be Kyle that they were bringing in. It was Kyle and he was, for all intents and purposes, dead on arrival. The babysitter was CPR certified and had taken a class about caring for a preemie. She said she walked across the hall to the bathroom and he was in his walker playing. She said it was maybe 5 minutes later she noticed he was very quiet so she went to check on him and found him in his walker with no pulse and no respiratory effort. Sorry this is so long, y'all, and I apologize if it upsets anyone but it's almost cathartic to spill this.
This post was edited on 8/6 at 1:10 pm