September 1, 2010

Baby Andrew Update

My little monkey is doing better and better by the day. Thank you so so much for all of your kind words and prayers.. keep them up.. they really are making a difference!

  • He is no longer dependent on a breathing tube. They took the big one out. He still has a little help through a tube is his nose, but he is doing all of the work himself.
  • He doesn't need the Dopamine anymore either. He is completely off of it now and is controlling his blood pressure just fine!
  • They are feeding him my breast milk through an IV. He has other IVs that are giving him fats and vitamins, but today they are working on uping my milk and lowering the other IVs. We pray that goes really well.
  • Our biggest concern now is a good bit of shaking we noticed today. It's like he's going into little mini convulsions and I hate to see his poor little body go through it. They did some blood work which came back all clear, and now we're waiting on the doc to read the EEG results.
  • He's gained almost 2 ounces and now weights 7 lbs and alllmost 8 ounces.
They won't tell me any kind of date that we can take him home of course, but the nurse kind of made it sound like he may be able to come home soon depending on the results of the EEG. I don't know that for sure though, I very well just may have been reading into what she said. I can't help but get my hopes up though. It's very encouraging to see all of the progress that he has made, but it's getting harder and harder to leave there every day without him in our arms. I'm emotionally exhausted! Especially after today...

We went for our first visit this morning. Trey and I were in the room together (they only let 2 in at a time, so grammy had to wait). I was able to take his temperature and Daddy changed his diaper. We weren't in there for much longer before everyone was kicked out since a new baby was being admitted.
We went back for our second visit at 3:00.. this time it was me and Grammy. The nurse told me right away that there was yet another baby being admitted soon so we don't have much time, but she felt comfortable with me holding him since they had him on his side and his hematoma seemed to be doing fine. Music to my ears! I was going to hold my precious baby for the first time!!
She got a chair ready for me to get comfortable in, brought over a blanket to swaddle him in, and left us sitting there for 15 minutes. She comes back... tells Grammy to put the blanket under him when she lifts him up.. the nurse swaddles him.. the walked away for another minute to help another baby (keep in mind there are plenty of other nurses in here the whole time). She comes back just in time to tell me the new baby will be here in 10 minutes and she doesn't feel comfortable with letting me hold Andrew. Not only for a minute???? I ask her. She tells me that's fine, picks him up and bit then sets him back down saying it just wasn't possible today.
Are.You.Kidding.Me??? I bawled. I understand there is nothing they can do if there is another sweet, poor baby that needs to come in, but like I said before, there were other nurses everywhere. Why was is necessary for her to leave us sitting here alone right after she tells a new mom that she is going to be able to hold her baby for the first time 4 days after him being born. I was a wreck.

I feel a little better tonight after some time relaxing, knowing that I'll probably get my moment tomorrow morning. My mum is here and she is taking such great care of me! Trey has been amazing too! Hopefully I'll have some more great news soon and maybe even a "bringing baby home" picture :)
My sweet, sweet little boy!

14 comments:

Jessica said...

Aww, that was just mean!

He is precious and I'm so glad he's getting better. I will be sending up more prayers for him and you!!

Missie said...

Keeping your sweet baby in my prayers. Stay strong!

Amber said...

I am so sorry! You are doing amazingly. You all are never far from my thoughts - I've started to tell Teagan that she's got a little boy friend who is a strong little fighter so she can look past the huge 6.5 month age difference :)

Mrs. A said...

I am sending prayers your way Jessica! God is good and your little one is so adorable!

Lisa said...

Definitely praying for baby Andrew and your family! I'm glad he's improving!!

Expat Girl said...

Such great news that he is becoming stronger and stronger, I pray you get to take him home soon xoxo

Steph said...

That's horrible that you couldn't hold him. He is absolutely precious. I'll keep thinking and praying for you and your family.

Sara said...

I would have been a wreck too. I think I would have bordered on hysterical. When you finally do get to hold him and bring him home, I bet you'll have a hard time ever putting him down.

Jen said...

He is such a precious little boy. I am praying that you get to take him home soon. Thank goodness he is getting stronger and stronger everyday :)

Erin said...

So happy to hear that he is doing better! I can't imagine how hard it is not to be able to hold him!

Mel said...

Beautiful baby - and he's already getting stronger by the day!

Shelze said...

I am so sorry I didn't know sooner. Congrats on Andrew's arrival, but I am sorry he is having a difficult time. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I am a nurse, so if there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesistate to ask. Congratulations and I am sorry that you didn't get to hold him.

nowimagrownup said...

Bless your heart -- I can't imagine the emotional rollercoaster you must be dealing with.I'm still praying for you and your beautiful little family.

Julie Q said...

Awww he's a beautiful little guy. Thinking good thoughts for you and your family. Congrats on your new addition too!