Luke is 1 week old today!! He is doing so good!! He is breathing great, digesting great and is surpassing his birth weight now at a whopping 2 lbs 9.3 oz!! They removed his iv today because he is able to get all his nutrients from me now. Yay!! I know he is much more comfortable without that in him!! He is just so cute!! We started being able to have kangaroo time with him this week. Me in the morning, daddy at night. That is my favorite part of the day. He curls up and is just so snug against you - the best natural high ever!! Here are a few updated pictures. For those that follow me on facebook - there are more pictures there. Love my little punkin!! :)
How tiny are his diapers!! Mommy and Luke right after delivery
Papa's arm along the side of the incubator to show length
Daddy's hands on Lukes head and feet
What a week this has been!! Friday I had a headache that continued to get progressively worse during the day. I haven't taken any medication my entire pregnancy. This was so bad I decided to try some Tylenol which dulled it slightly but not really. I ended up taking a 2nd dose in the middle of the night which still didn't work. Saturday morning the nurse talked to my ob who decided he didn't want to wait any longer to deliver. The headache was a symptom that my blood pressure was escalating and combined with my other symptoms - it just wasn't safe for Luke or me to wait. This was the first time I was scared about how things might impact me. Before I was mainly worried about Luke's health and development delivering so early. It's hard to keep from being panicky! They prepped me for my c-section and wheeled me back to the operating room. It was so surreal. I didn't know what to expect and was scared out of my mind about everything that was going on. The nurses tried to get me to calm myself down and breathe normal. The epidural was very painful going in. It was such a weird feeling after it was effective. After I was all situated they brought John in the room. He sat up near my head as they delivered our little Luke. We asked ahead of time if there was a possibility that he may not cry because he was so early - just so we wouldn't freak out then if we didn't hear it. Turns out we didn't have to worry at all. He was crying up a storm! He sounded like a little kitten!! John went over to where they were so he could see them doing their testing. He scored between and 8 and 9 on his APGAR test - which is AMAZING for this little earlybird!! Praise the Lord!!! He is breathing on his own and not even on oxygen anymore! They have a ventilator there with room air just in case he needs it. I got to hold him today while they cleaned his little sheets. I look at his little face and wonder how someone cannot believe in the awesomeness of our Almighty God. It's just AMAZING!! I'm so blessed to be Luke's mommy and I know his daddy feels the same way!! Thanks to everyone who has lifted us up in prayer along this journey!!!
I was informed that I am horrible about keeping up with this blog. I know I am. Sorry!! Well the latest news is that I have been in the hospital since Monday. I went to a specialist appt Monday morning and have been at the hospital for observation since. Everyone thought I was going to have to have a delivery today based on my numbers but this morning the labs came back ok. That is kind of a relative term because the only cure for preeclampsia is delivery - so ok means simply that I'm not getting worse at the moment. Baby Luke is healthy and happy right now. It's just about monitoring my levels so that it doesn't become too toxic for me or him. At this point we are waiting for Monday and get to relax the weekend. We are 29 weeks and 5 days today so hitting Sunday's 30 week mark is the first big milestone. Every day he can stay in the womb is another day he gets to continue to grow stronger. Please keep us in your prayers! Those prayers are what is helping to keep me sane right now. I'll update as I'm able either here or on facebook.
What a year this has been!! In the last year we have had 4 major life events!! We got married, we bought a car, we moved, and we had a baby (2 1/2 months early btw...) Blessings upon blessings in the Morris household!