I started having contractions on Thursday night and we headed to the hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. I ended up having a c-section because after 4 hours of pushing, he wasn't making any progress. Unfortunately all of this lead to some pretty severe bruising on his poor little head. As his body worked to heal the bruise he started getting really jaundiced. All of this landed us a week long stay in the hospital.
He was in the special care nursery for all of that except the last day. They put him under the bilirubin lights on Sunday and he stayed there till Friday morning. He was also on an IV to help get his blood sugar up, a O2 sat monitor, as well as a heart monitor. We were able to stay in our hospital room even after I was discharged, though we almost had to leave one day, due to a large amount of patients coming in, but thankfully we never had to. The nurses in the nursery would call us whenever he needed to be fed, so basically we spent the week bouncing back and forth between our room and the nursery.
This was certainly a week of emotional ups and downs. There was never a time when sweet Buirlen had any critical needs, but it was hard at times non the less. We were very blessed to have some of the best nurses ever! They were incredibly kind, encouraging, and reassuring through everything that came our way. Thank you to all the nurses out there who bend over backwards to not only take care of your patients, but the families as well. You are awesome!
And God is so very faithful, he gave us this sweet boy and He has been with us through all the ups and downs from the very beginning. Through this journey, I've been thinking about the verse 1 Samuel 1:27 "I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him." There were days when I wondered if I would ever get to have a baby of my own. And yet, here I sit today with the most precious little boy I could have ever imagined. I am excited to see the adventures that lay ahead with this boy.
I have loved watching this guy fall in love with his baby.
Wearing a big bulky cast over his IV. We sure were glad when that finally came out.
For awhile they wanted us supplementing him because he wasn't gaining much weight due to the bilirubin lights. So we fed him with a syringe after I'd nurse.
Looking a little loopy after dinner.
Meeting Ama and Poppy Shearer
The Blue Light Special.
So very snuggly!
Early Friday morning, one week after he was born, he was wire free and done with the lights and they brought him down to our room. That was pretty awesome.
And then we got to go home!
3 generations of Williams
Adventures ahead...They're going to be good!
"A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty." ~Unknown
"A new baby is like the beginning of all things...hope, a dream of possibilities." ~Eda LaShan