We are home!!! I am so absolutely thrilled. It has been a crazy ride through this pregnancy and now to bring Samuel home is a dream come true. Thank you God for this miraculous little boy. He is 4lb 6oz today. Eating every 1 and 1/2 hours around the clock, which is quite draining but it is wonderful to be up with him and know that I am the provider of his nourishment. I am what he needs. We are also adding the breast milk fortifier to my milk for the extra calories which will hopefully fatten him up quickly.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Hanging out with my dad
It is so nice to be closer to home. It is wonderful to be able to keep Sam in the room with me all the time and to know everyone that is caring for him. It is great because family and friends can come see us easier too. And he has the best doctor in the world caring for him here. And now there is less time wasted for Matt traveling to see us.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Auntie Tracy came to see us today. It was so nice to have another smiling face. She couldn't believe how small Sammy is as her kids were both over 8 lbs and Jacob was 11lb 2oz. She is super woman, I can't even imagine having an eight pounder never mind an 11 pounder. Sam is doing well. We are now breastfeeding, he isn't quite strong enough to get all the nourishment he needs right from me but then I am able to pump and give him that as well. The IV should be out of his head tomorrow, which I can't wait for. And then hopefully we can transfer closer to home.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Well we are getting closer to being able to go closer to home. I can't wait. We haven't had an episode of bradycardia or apnea in two days, so we may get to go to the H. Hospital on thursday. Sam is now jaundiced so we are now sunbathing. He seems to love it. It is sad to not be able to hold him though. And his poor little feet are so black and blue from all the blood draws that they have to keep doing. He is starting to eat well, finally. They think he was doing so poorly because I was on magnesium and that just makes everyone feel crappy.
Monday, July 17, 2006
It feels like we might be here forever. The MD says that every time Samuel has an episode of bradycardia or apnea then he will have to stay for 5 more days. I am hoping that we can get transferred closer to home. We are starting to feed him and it is going okay, but sure is slow. He is down to 4lb2oz. They are giving him IV fluids to keep him hydrated. He is so cute and I am so in love with him.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Our boy has arrived. Unfortunately he was 5wks early and has had some difficulty figuring out how to suck, swallow, and breath when he needs to. His heart rate has gone down a couple of times, so they are also concerned about that. Everything was so scary. I went to the doctor and found that my bloodwork was really bad, and my blood pressure went through the roof. Hard to believe that there was no blood pressure issues the entire pregnancy and then the day that my blood pressure goes up it is severe enough to have to induce. They said that I had severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. They rushed me from our local hospital to a larger hospital where there were all kinds of specialists. I was told by a couple of people that work there that I was the sickest patient that they have had in years. Leave it to me:)
So this little guy is officially Samuel Lee and was 4lb 5oz and 18inches long. They also said that there was probably a small issue with my placenta because he should have been at least 5 and a half pounds. The NICU is wonderful and we are so blessed to have them caring for him, but I sure do want to take him home.
Friday, July 7, 2006
I saw the doctor today and can come off bedrest in 4 days, when I hit 35wks. I can't wait. Six weeks of bedrest is absolutely maddening. But thank God I am almost done. We celebrated the 4th of July with me reclining but at least outside. I am so ready to be done with bedrest. The nursery is finally done. The crib looks great, my grandmother got us a beautiful crib. I can't wait to put Samuel in it.