Saturday, April 19, 2014

We Are Parents to a Living Child.

    In middle January our little blessing arrived. Our beautiful rainbow baby came. He came by vaginal delivery with the doctor that my husband and I love delivering him. It was the most amazing moment of our lives. The moment I saw first saw him I was simply filled with awe. How could someone that beautiful have been living inside me for nine months? My husband fell in love immediately. The joy and wonder that those first moments brought were overwhelming.
    We got to room in with him. That means he stayed in our hospital room with us, only leaving to be assessed by the nurses and when seen by the doctor. A lot of people send the baby to the nursery that first night so they can rest. We definitely would have done that except he slept for his two hour stretches well and I wasn't sleeping much anyway. I had to have IV antibiotics every few hours and had to get up to go pee frequently so he stayed with us the whole night. I did call the nurse because I felt he wasn't breathing well. He was fine, he needed a little saline and to have his nose suctioned.
     He had a very difficult time the next night. He wasn't the best little breast feeder ever, and during a session, he passed out or as I thought, seized. We rushed to the ER where they tried for hours to get blood and start an IV, only to be told that we would have to go to our are children's hospital. We are members of Air Evac, so our baby was flown there. Driving away from that hospital without our baby was the hardest thing either of us have ever done. We were terrified and heartbroken. After seven days in Neonatal Intensive Care, he came home. He is now 13 weeks old and healthy and happy. There have been a lot of things that didn't go the way I planned and I will discuss those in different posts. I won't be returning to work for the foreseeable future and will be having some time to dedicate to blogging again. I look forward to discussing our experiences and to hopefully helping some people through parts of their journey. As always if you have a comment, they are welcome.