Sunday, March 04, 2007

It's a...BABY. Okay...a BOY!!

Well, it's been a rough past few weeks. As you may have read (though I don't have too many readers, I'm so sporadic at posting) the preeclampsia set in the beginning of February. So I spent one night in the hospital, and then got to go home on bedrest. The just after my last post, the blood pressure shot up again, so I spent a week in the hospital. Where I did manage to get a whole lot of knitting done.

Then it was back home for a week and a half. And through all this, we've been staying at my parents' house because the bathroom remodel wasn't done. I was scheduled to be induced on Wednesday, Feb 28. But Tuesday night, I went into labor on my own. So I was up all night contracting. We went in to the hospital Wednesday morning, and I was 4 to 5 centimeters. My doc broke my water, and off I went.

Jack Edward Decker was born at 5:05 pm on Wednesday the 28th. He looks a lot like his daddy, and is so much darker complected than compared to Catie. He was 3 weeks and 2 days early. But still managed to come in at a hefty 7 lb 4oz. Had I gone all the way to his due date, he probably would have been 9 lb. Ouch. Unfortunately, he had some respiratory issues, which we hoped would resolve. But they didn't, so at about midnight, he was transferred to the NICU in Boise. He was intubated before they left our hospital, and stayed on the ventilator until Saturday morning.

So Saturday morning, they took out his breathing tube. Today they took out one of the IVs from his belly button. And this afternoon we got to hold him for the first time since the first couple of minutes he was born. I was quite teary. Hopefully I can actually start to nurse him tomorrow, and I'm crossing my fingers we can go home by Wednesday or Thursday depending on how he does.

The bathroom will be done tomorrow. I hear it looks great, but since I haven't been home in a month, I can't say. But boy does that clawfoot tub sound good right about now.

We're staying at the hospital, and I'm using the terminal in the waiting room to post this. I have no way to get pics on here, but will as soon as I get home. Take my word for it though, Jack is pretty damn cute.

16 comments:

Frances said...

Congratulations on a the baby. Glad it all worked out. Looking for pictures soon!

Jan said...

Coming out of lurking to say CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome, Jack.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Ann said...

Congrats to you and Hubby! Welcome Jack.

Dear son had similar issues at birth -- breathing stuff, intubation, NICU. He's fine now, thanks to great care (actually he's now a huge, honking 9 year old).

I look forward to seeing your little one.

m. said...

Jocele! Congratulations on your new baby boy!!!

My first was in the NICU for 2 weeks with respiratory issues, but it sounds like you guys are progressing a lot faster than she did. I'm sure you'll all be home soon. :)

Susan said...

Congratulations! I hope that everything works out just fine for both of you.

erica said...

Congratulations Jocele! Can't wait to see you and Jack and hope he gets out of the NICU soon!! BTW, I let Janet know that her gender prediction was accurate once again... she was excited. : )

Lisa said...

Congratulations to you Jocele and your family and welcome to the new little guy. Sounds like you are making positive progress in the NICU(from my NICU RN perspective). Get that little guy some wonderful momma's milk as soon as possible and he'll be off to a great start(from the lactation consultant part of me). Hope you are home soon, waiting to see the pictures. Congratulations!

i.d.d.a. said...

Congrats on the baby boy. I'm from the Sisterhood of the Travelling Stash. I hope you got to go through the box! Since I am also in Idaho (Kellogg), I hope the box comes to me next. I look foward to seeing pics of your beautiful baby boy!

Lorette said...

Congratulations1 I'm happy to hear that he's doing well, and nearly ready to come home.
And of course he's cute. All of our grandchildren have been nicknamed, sequentially, "cutest baby in the world".

Kim said...

Glad to hear you're going to come home to a finished bathroom, sweetie.

You all have been in my thoughts and prayers. I can't wait to meet Jack. :)
xoxoxo

Dee fm KS said...

Congratulations!!!! What great news and I hope he continues to get better. Dee

Theresa said...

Congratulations! Sounds like he's a real champ!

Eileen said...

Congrats from a fellow Cardinals fan! Enjoy!

JulieLoves2Knit said...

Yea! Congrats and all that to the newest member of your family.
24 years ago in the middle of a bathroom remodel - my oldest son arrived 7 weeks early - so been there - done that. He weighed 5 lbs and is now a strapping healthy young man! Am glad you are all doing well!

mia said...

Congratulations!! I'm doing an OB rotation as a medical student right now, and so I'm immersed in pre-eclampsia and NICU babies. I'm so glad all seems to be moving in the right direction, and hoping that you'll be home with little one soon!