my boys were nearly a month early. we were in hospital for 4 days but thankfully not in SCBU. DS1 had trouble with his temp at first but 2hrs on DPs chest sorted that out and they both had jaundice but not enough to need the lights (did get close tho).
they were born 5lb 1oz and 5lb 12oz but didnt take long to start piling on the weight - they are 1yr old now and are both around 13kgs and at the top of the chart for height lol
other then not smiling or laughing a bit later then 'normal' they have both reached their milestones 'on time' smile
and yup they both looked undercooked too lol
While my bubs was full term, she did end up in the NICU because she didn't breathe when she came out. She looked like a giant compared to all the other babies in the NICU who were pretty much all premmies (and at 7 pounds 4 ounces/3280g she was the smallest in a group of babies my friends/colleagues have had in the last year.
Like some of the others have said, there isn't necessarily a set rule for weight gain or complications. My nephew was also born a month early and while he took a while to put on weight at first, he is doing well now and at nearly two years old is thriving at daycare right now and when I first saw him (at a year old as he was born in England), I wouldn't have known he was early.
My mother's best friend, who is in her mid seventies, was born at the end of December when her due date was at the start of March. She does have some susceptibility to lung issues which could be down to her early arrival, but otherwise she is fine. The standard joke for her is that when she was born, she fit inside a shoe box, but now she finds it hard to find a shoe box her foot can fit in to. This was over 70 years ago when there were no incubators or NICUs and she has done fine. Premmies are usually fighters and while there can be complications, they can often beat some really incredible odds.
I have a thread up under forum>newborn>after the birth called NICU Babies where I have asked parents of NICU babies to post any thoughts on what can be done to support NICU parents and their families (premmies and full term babies). For those of you viewing this post who have had babies in the NICU/know of those who have, please feel free to post any thoughts you may have from your own experiences. Cleary87's query is probably a pretty common question among parents and families of premmies/other NICU babies so any support for them is great-this is part of what makes the Huggies forums so great. smile