Thanks for all the prayers and good vibes. Hopefully the pictures will show up as they are supposed to
July 13th 9:19 AM, 5lbs 2 oz, 18 inches. Both surgeons joked my spinal is probably the most difficult part of getting my c section. HA, I wish As soon as they were able to take a peek they realized things were not quite what they expected. He had moved my kidney and they had to reattach it, had "windows" that were opening within my uterus, and the placenta was in a very poor location (sitting partially on scar tissue they didn't realize before). My spinal quit relatively quickly--and I don't remember him being born. But my husband did get to hold him for a few minutes before they rushed him off to the NICU. I was given several different things to support my spinal and remember little else until they were telling me surgery was over and I was back in my room. Because I had a stillborn son previously, I woke up thinking he was gone and no one was telling me. I was at a hospital that ^should^ have been able to take care of him as long as he only needed minimal care, but was in that less than one percent at 37 weeks that needs more care than they can give. He needed a vent, and a level III nursery. They brought him in ready for transport and I was finally able to see him and touch his hand for a moment. The team was great and helped me get transfered to be with him. I remember only bits and pieces about the day.
He was on a vent and I was able to see him almost any time I wanted. I started pumping so when he was ready to eat, I had something to give him--gave me something to focus on that I could do instead of just worry. He was weaned from vent to CPAP full mask, then partial, then briefly nasal air before he was able to breath on his on. He was fed by feeding support for the first week and then weaned to nurse until the tube was finally removed altogether. He had to pass a carseat test without having difficulty breathing--that took us two attempts. He went under the lights to treat his jaundice--super system he was first in the NICU to use that uses both a fiber optic blanket below and LED lights above him. Took his numbers from 18 to 6 in one day. SUPER.
Was ready to come home a few days ago but I had a few set backs of my own. But now finally--HOME! I have at least one more surgery coming in the future, but I have no regrets. He's beautiful and I am blessed. His Dad got to hold him and see his son born.
I never left the hospital until we could leave together. I ruffled a few feathers over that one But he is alive. Thriving--and nestled gently in a cradle beside his sleeping Daddy.
I appreciate all the help and prayers. It was a very difficult time for us, but now, we couldn't be happier! I hope your labors and deliveries are everything you hope for and I can't wait to see more of the August babies born!