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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jayden's Story

Thank you Tara for posting the picture and the stats below. Jayden is here and we're really excited. It has been a rough, but beautiful few days. I wanted to write down everything that has happened before I forget and share the story with you since I haven't been able to call everyone back. First off- thank you for your prayers and concern :)

I had a Dr. Appt on Tuesday afternoon. I was scheduled for an ultrasound. My blood pressure was a little high at the beginning of the appointment, but as usual- my Dr wasn't too worried about it. At the ultrasound Jayden was measuring pretty big. His head was measuring 42 weeks! And they guessed he weighed about 8 pounds. He appeared to be doing well. The Dr. talked about moving up my induce date from the 27th to a iittle earlier since Jayden looked so big at 37 weeks. He decided to take my blood pressure ONE MORE TIME before the appt. ended and it was higher than it has ever been in my life. "Well, it looks like we're going to have a baby tomorrow. We're going to have to induce you" he said. YIPES!!! I didn't have a hospital bag packed- but luckily everything I was going to bring was on our bed. My mom had come with me to my appt so LUCKILY she was there.
I called Ryan- and he didn't believe me. :) Luckily it didn't take too much to convince him. He packed the bags and tried his best to get the house ready. They started the process of inducing me around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. I didn't get any sleep due to contractions and nerves.. Ryan came and slept to the couch next to me.
They broke my water around 8 in the morning. I got the epidoral and we watched TV while we waited for me to dialate. It wasn't too bad. It took a while but I wasn't too uncomfortable. About 4 in the afternoon on Wednesday my contractions started getting pretty strong. With the epidural it was still pretty painful... But Ryan was GREAT coach, and my mom was there encouraging me. Before I knew it it was time to push.
Here are some pictures of the first 10 mins of Jayden's life :) (Thank you mom for taking these- Ryan forgot to bring the camera.. ;) )








He had a hard time coming out. He got pretty bruised and puffy coming through the birth canal. He also tore me up pretty bad :(. It was kind of a tramatic delivery for both of us. About 20 minutes after he was born they rushed him down to the NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit). He was starting to turn blue. That whole process is a blur to me. I was told they needed to check some things out but that they would bring him up to me later that night. Later that night we were told he would be up the next day.

It's all a blur and we were told a lot of different things. It was emotionally draining. We were told he had heart murmur. Then we were told he didn't. They said his heart was too big, then were told that that was actually not true... We weren't sure what was going on and it was pretty scary... Here is is on Thursday at the NICU



These last few days have been tough... He was doing a lot better, and then it would get worse... We had to come home from the hospital today but our baby is still there. They finally started feeding him through a feeding tube today which I think will help him a lot. It was hard to leave the hospital without him.

Thus far here are his current conditions: He was diagnosed with pnemonia. He has been having a hard time breathing and his Respitory Rates have been pretty high. He is currently on oxygen. The last couple of days they have slowly been able to bring the oxygen levels down- which is really good. He has an IV giving him vitamins and lipids. They started a feeding tube today and they are giving him the milk I have been pumping. He is on Day 3 of antibiotics. Hopefully his breathing will get better soon!! He has juandice so is under lamps. They're not sure why he has pnemonia. It's possible he swallowed some amniotic fluid coming out? It could be his lungs weren't fully developed when he came out. We'll keep everyone posted.

He is so cute and we love him to death. Please keep him in your prayers.

20 comments:

Joanna said...

Oh my goodness!!! That is crazy and sad that he is not doing well. He will get better and everything will be good. We will keep him and you guys in our prayers. Call me if you need anything or I will just bring something over. Love you and congratulations on Jayden being here.

Tyler and Thais said...

oh wow hun!!! I wonder if his lungs weren't quite developed and he was big at 37 weeks b/c of the diabetes. Either way I'm sure he'll be just fine. He looks great! So stinking cute. trust those NICU nurses they're the best. ;)

Love ya!
I'll be thinking about you.
Thais

Shawnee said...

Tiffany...I found your blog through Tara's...Congrats on the baby and I'll be thinking and praying for you guys. He is beautiful and you look great too!

Sue said...

What an ordeal! He is a beautiful baby (but I don't need to tell you that) and you look amazing! Congrats again! I hope you get to bring him home soon.

Holly and Rhett said...

Congratulations on your new baby boy. He is so beautiful. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kev, Meg and Ty said...

Hey Tiff-
He is a doll, and you look great yourself. I hope all is well, I talked to Tara at church today, and she said it was pretty crazy. We will keep you in our prayers. Good Luck, and lots of love.

Chris and Tara said...

He is so precious. We can't wait until he gets to come home.
Call me when you want dinner or I'll just bring it by around 7:00-ish. Hope you're feeling better today.

-Wes and ValaRee- said...

What a sweet little boy! He sounds like a fighter. We're praying for you. Let us know if we can do anything.

Blanck said...

Tiff
I am so happy for you and Ryan. 37 weeks is when I had tommy and Will. Jayden was bigger than both of them. He is adorable and so BIG no wonder it was a bit rough getting him out of your little body. You look so happy and I can't wait to meet him
lots of love
Stacy

Katie said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to meet baby Jayden! He is SO cute!!We are praying for him!

Abe, Nicole, Jacob, & Logan said...

Congratulations! I was thinking earlier today 'Tiff should be due pretty soon...I wonder how she's doing?' And now I know. I'm so sorry for all you guys have had to go through so far. He's a beautiful baby and you two look so happy to be parents! Good luck with everything...and hopefully we'll be able to see you when we're in town in August! Hang in there!

Ariel said...

He is so beautiful! I'm excited for you guys and I hope he can come home soon. Can't wait to meet little Jayden!

Jackie said...

Tiffany, he's gorgeous! Congrats on his arrival, and we'll be praying that all will go well. You look great!

Paul and Cat said...

Tiff-he is so perfect! What a sweetheart, I can't wait to meet him! I'm so sad for you-the thought of leaving your little one, you are so strong, and he seems like such a trooper! You, Ryan & Jayden are in our thoughts and prayers, if you need ANYTHING, please let me know.

Gina said...

Hang in there Tiff. We'll keep you in our prayers as well. He's beautiful!

jamirodana said...

Gosh! Don't you love it when they keep telling you different things. He is a beautiful baby and you look great! I love the 'new Mom' faces. Happy and tired.
Congratulations! Keep us updated on baby Jayden.

Stephenson and Katie said...

he is SO SO cute!! I can't wait to hold him.... Hope all is well- we're praying for you guys!

Tricia said...

We are sending you good thoughts and wishes! You look fabulous and he is sooo adorable.

Erica Lyn said...

That first picture of you and Jayden, when you're still lying down.. you so look like a mom. I mean, you are one now, but you know what I mean :) I love you all to death and I can't wait to meet Jayden.. we'll keep praying for him.

Holli and Warren said...

He is so beautiful! I am so sorry for all you are going through. We love you and you are in our prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.