Meet Benjamin Ames!

The newest member of the Allen family has arrived! Our little peanut, Benjamin Ames, made his way into the world at 11:21 a.m. on May 31st, more than six weeks before his due date. Alex and I are over the moon and can’t wait to introduce him to our family and friends!

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Ben was born at 33 weeks 2 days gestation and weighed 3 pounds 3 ounces and was 15 inches long. His apgar scores were 8 and 9. He may be a tiny peanut but he sure is mighty.

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Being a preemie, Ben is requiring some special care, though no immediate interventions were needed right after his birth. About an hour after delivery the doctors put him on a very low dose of oxygen, and we were informed that has been removed already as of today because he is doing so well.

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He is currently in the NICU at the same hospital I’m recovering at. We don’t know how long he’ll be there for – at the longest, until his due-date {mid-July} but it really could just be for a few weeks. At this point he’s hanging out in the NICU staying warm and plumping up – growing and feeding, they say! Alex has been able to go back and forth to visit Ben quite a bit and I’ve made two trips up to the NICU. Today will be the first day we’ll get to do skin-to-skin and hold him!

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My recovery is going really well so far too. Ben was born by cesarean section, which makes for a little bit longer of a recovery and hospitalization. We’re taking things one step at a time right now and cherishing the little moments with our Benjamin.

Stay tuned for Ben’s birth story and more updates 🙂