At the 24-week ultrasound, the baby seemed a bit small. They started to go for all sorts of tests to see if the doctors could discover a reason. They couldn't. As time went on, the baby's growth continued to be slow. Several doctors suggested that Dee and the baby's father terminate the pregnancy. Since the chromosomal tests were good and the ultrasound showed a well-formed baby, they decided to continue looking for a doctor who would recommend that they continue the pregnancy. The IUGR (intrauterine growth retardation) continued and the doctors began to prepare the baby's lungs for an early birth. Finally, at 34 weeks they decided he couldn't wait anymore and the baby was delivered by c-section. He weighed under 2 pounds.
It has been nearly 3 months and the baby's doing great. His weight gain has been good and his prognosis is excellent. They've been practically living at the hospital since the birth, but the baby will be released home soon. Dee, who was worried about being able to breastfeed since she had breast reduction several years back, has been able to successfully breastfeed and the parents are getting along extremely well - they just can't wait to take their little baby home.