John Joseph is HOME

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Registered: 01-11-2012
John Joseph is HOME
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 4:37pm

Thank you for all the prayers and good vibes.  John Joseph was born July 13th at 9:19AM, 5lbs 2ozs, 18 inches long.  Very complicated Classical C section.  They didn't expect all the probelms they encountered--my kidney needed reattached and my uterus had windows along with a few other surprises.  Left me on the table for two and a half hours and my spinal wasn't quite up to the task-so they kept dosing my IV lines to the point I don't remember him being born.  :smileysad:  but my husband was able to be there and watch his son born.  They even let him hold him for a moment before they took him to the NICU.  

I don't remember anything but waking up in my room.  My husband said I woke up screaming and sure the baby was ;gone but I don't remember that part.  He just kept showing me pictures and running a video as I woke up.  That is what I remember as they came in to tell me he had to be transported to a larger hospital and put on a vent.  He was in that less than one percent at 37 weeks that needs more support than a level II NICU.  We were both transported--thankfully--I couldn't have been without him at another hospital. 

In the last two weeks he went from vent to full CPAP, partial CPAP, briefly nasal air, and then breathing on his own.  From IV feeding to a feeding tube to nursing successfully.  He passed his carseat test and could hold his own temperature.  He was ready to be released and then I had a few setbacks of my own.  But we are now HOME. 

It's surreal to hold him in my arms.  I almost never put him down.  I can't yet.  I have at least one more surgery in my future to put things right after his birth, but I have no regrets.  We survived what two surgeons said was ^scary close to a bad ending^

My husband was able to hold his tiny little boy and turned 40 all in a little more than a week!!! 

Thanks again for all the support.  I couldn't have handled this alone.  It's said it takes a village to raise a child...  well it took an Ivillage to get this one born:smileyvery-happy:

Thanks for Krista especially for updating everyone.  (((HUGS))) 

Hope the pictures come out ok. 

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Registered: 06-02-2012
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 10:26pm
Yeyyyy!! I'm so happy for you! I couldn't wait to hear from you... Thank god you amd your little boy are home and daddy got to hold him I know how badly you wanted that. Sorry you had to go through so much to get here, but I know its worth it! Praying for a healthy recovery for you and a happy new family !! :smileyhappy:
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Registered: 06-02-2012
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 10:31pm
And he is absolutely beautiful!!!!! Just saw the pictures... :smileyhappy:
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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 2:50am

I am so pleased you finally got home! What a journey but so worth it for that beautiful beautiful boy. Please KUP on your future progress


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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 1:46pm

Hooray!  I'm so excited to hear that you are back at home and holding your precious baby.  He is truly a miracle!  I'm sorry to hear about the difficult delivery and future surgery--I'll definitely be keeping your recovery in my prayers.  Congratulations to both you and John for a perfect, beautiful baby!!

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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 7:12pm
I've know I've said it already but YAY! =) so happy you two are home safe!

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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 11:56pm

congrats Julia, such cute them!!  :heart:

Kiki (hit my magic age of 45 and no longer TTC),but mom to a beautiful teen DD & 2 angels in heaven & married to my best friend

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Sun, 07-29-2012 - 2:27pm

I am glad you both are home. Your son is so adorable that I can't blame you for holding him all the time. I would too. I am sorry that you had so many complications but I hope your future surgery goes smoothly.

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Registered: 05-13-2010
Wed, 08-01-2012 - 2:19pm
Congrats, glad you are both home safe.