John Joseph is HOME

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Registered: 01-11-2012
John Joseph is HOME
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 4:52pm

thank you for all the support, prayers and good vibes.  We finally made it home!  Thanks to Krista for keeping everyone updated.

John was born July 13th, 9:19AM 5 lbs 2ozs 18 inches long.  Things weren't what they expected when they opened me up--we were extremely lucky they didn't wait any longer.  I was on the table for over 2 and a half hours and my spinal quit early on-they kept dosing me with things in my IV so I don't remember him being born at all, but my husband did get to hold him for a few minutes before they took him off to the NICU.  They said he was in the less than one percent that has the extensive problems breathing that he did at 37 weeks. 

My husband said I woke up screaming that he was gone but I don't remember that.  He was showing me pictures over and over again and a video he took as they came in reading to transport him to the larger hospital that can do vent care.  They transported me so I could be at the same hospital, thankfully.  I couldn't have been without him. 

In two weeks he went from vent, to CPAP, to partical CPAP, to briefly nasal air, to room air on his own.  From IV feedings to feeding tube to nursing successfully on his own.  He had to pass a carseat test and holding his own temperature before we could go home.  I had a few setbacks that delayed us leaving, but finally we are home.!!! 

It's amazing to hold him and so far I rarely put him down.  I have at least one surgery to repair things ahead of me, but he was worth it all and then some.  I am so very very blessed.

There is no doubt that he has to be my last baby, but I couldn't ask for better.  Thank you so much for the prayers and help.  I said it in one of my other posts, but it's true.  It may take a Village to raise a child, but it took an Ivillage to get this one born!!!

Hope the pictures come over OK.

Thanks again for the help with updates Krista, you're a sweetheart~!

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Registered: 01-08-2012
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 6:20pm
Congrats!! Its so wonderfull that all is well and your all home now. And hes sooo precious :smileyhappy:
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Registered: 02-28-2012
Sat, 07-28-2012 - 1:51pm

Congratulations Julia!  He is beautiful and so is the rest of your family.  How precious to see your husband and girls with baby John!  Now one with you holding your precious miracle....:smileyhappy:  Best of luck with your recovery.  The surgery sounds so scary.  I'm glad your doctors were so vigilant!!


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Registered: 09-04-2011
Sun, 07-29-2012 - 9:43am

Hi is adorable! My favorite pic is the one with your girls looking at him. You have been through so much and stayed so strong! I am so glad they got him out in time. I have been praying for you so much and will continue to now that you are enjoying your bundle of joy. We are here if you need anything. Love him!