We went out to the lakehouse on Sunday for Memorial Day Weekend with my family - all 35 of us!!! Duncan was passed around all day and was so happy to meet all his second cousins and great aunts and uncles!!!
Duncan was born a Red Raider! Look at the guns up :)
Saturday was Matt's Birthday and we had a wonderful day as a family of 3! The day started off by sleeping in - thanks to a wonderful sleeping baby! We then went to BJ's for lunch and did some shopping for Matt's birthday at his favorite stores - Verizon for a new phone, Acadamy for some casual clothes and BBQ Galore for a wok for his grill.
Uncle Pickle and Aunt Stephi came over to babysit while we went to Sullivan's for dinner - our first outing and Duncan's first babysitters! Thank you so much, ya'll are awesome aunt and uncle!
Tuesday May 12th and Wednesday May 13th were a blur.
Tuesday there were some ups and downs. I got to start breast feeding Tuesday morning. He was still passing bloody stools so the thought of him being alergic to my milk was considered. When the Doctors did their rounds to make assessments they discussed Dr. B's findings and the continued monitoring they would do to make sure there was no signs of reoccurance. They gave us an estimate of 3-5 more days in the NICU! After 3 days of no sleep that news was a downer for me. We had lots of visitors!
Wednesday's Doctor rounds turned out much better. Duncan's blood counts were going up and his stools were back to normal. They thought we could leave as early as Thursday afternoon! We also got very good news - they decided that Duncan could stay in the "Family Bonding" room with us so that I didn't have to set an alarm to get up and feed him. They put him in a mobile crib with a heart rate monitor and he moved into the room with us. It was GREAT and I was actually able to get some sleep that night.
Thursday, May 14th
We were told at the Doctor's rounds today that Duncan's blood tests overnight were perfect and they would discharge us immediately! We got all the paperwork filled out and packed our bags and we were out of there by noon. On our way home the three of us stopped at Firehouse Subs for some lunch - Duncan's first outing.
Just a few short hours after the best day of our lives, Matt and I would experience the most difficult and trying day of our lives.
The first night with Baby Duncan went very well. He was feeding like a champ and I couldn't sleep because I just wanted to stare at him all night. Matt took to father-hood like he had done it before and immediately took the role as the swaddler and the burper - he was better at those duties than I was. He also did the diaper changes and helped me with feeding time - keeping Duncan awake, etc. We had so much fun our first night! At 6am Monday morning I had finished feeding him and was burping him on my shoulder when i felt a gush of what I thought was spit-up. When I looked I saw red blood and called for Matt who was in the shower and pushed the red emergency button. The nurses rushed in and took Duncan and laid him on his side and tried burping him again and he threw up 2 large heaves of red blood onto the floor. They rushed him away and I heard them say ICU and they looked back at Matt and I and told us to stay put. We were very scared and felt totally helpless. When we got to go into the NICU to see him he had machines hooked up and tubes coming out from everywhere. It was very hard for me to see. We couldn't hold him - just touch and talk to him. Matt stayed at his side the entire day and listened intently to everything that the Dr.'s and nurses were telling him. He also asked a bunch of questions and called his doctor connections to ask opinions. I honestly believe that if he hadn't been so diligent and present in the NICU we wouldn't be where we are today. The doctor there was great - they ran a whole bunch of tests and they slowly came back - one-by-one we could rule out certain possibilities as to why he would have accumulated so much blood in his stomach. Meanwhile, Duncan was also passing stools with blood in it. When they couldn't figure out the cause, they called a Pediatric Gastrointerologist Specialist from Dell Children's Hospital - "Dr. B". It was 5:00 and Dr. B was on her way home and stopped by St. David's NICU to look Duncan over. She recommended puting a camera down the esophagus, into the stomach and the intestines to see if she could find anything. She was able to get her crew at Dell Children's Hospital together for a late night emergency operation. Within hours they had an ambulance and he was scheduled to be transported. It was heart wrenching to watch my baby being wheeled in a plastic box into the ambulance and have to follow him to another hospital.
When we got to Dell Children's Hospital I immediately felt a little more at ease with the situation. It was evident from the very beginning that they not only cared for Duncan's health and well-being, but also for Matt and I. They immediately had me meet with a lactation specialist to make sure I didn't miss a beat on creating the very best nutrients for Duncan, but they also put us up in a "Family Bonding" room just a few doors down from Duncan's NICU room. I had been so afraid I would have to go home without my baby. They allowed us 24 hour visitation and actually had us be a part of everything they did. We checked his temperature, did all the diaper changes, they kept us informed on everything they were doing. It was really a wonderful place with wonderful people.
We walked down with Duncan to the OR and met with the anesthesiologists. We then waited in the waiting room for the results. Luckily for me and my weary nerves, it only took about 30 minutes before Dr. B came to give us the report - it was good! She didn't find anything - no signs of bleeding which meant that it was her speculation that the blood in his stool and coming up was from one incedent - maybe a leasion when they cleared out the placenta from his stomach after delivery. But, of course they needed to keep monitoring him to see if he was loosing blood or if it continued to happen. We finally ended the long day at 2:00 am.
Saturday night I was telling a friend that I was sad I would have to wait an entire year for my first Mother's Day because I didn't feel any signs of Duncan arriving until later in the week. I was also worried about having to make a decision of whether or not to induce and when. To my surprise, my water broke at 1:00 am Sunday morning. I didn't know for sure that my water broke and didn't want to be a false alarm, so after doing a little research on-line about water breaking I went back to sleep. At 4:00 am I woke up with contractions. They started about 15 minutes apart for an hour. Matt and I got really excited and really wanted this to be "it", we talked about how perfect the timing would be. By 5:00 they were 10 minutes apart and I had some bleeding so I called the emergency line and they connected me to the on-call doctor - Dr. Akin. I grew up with Dr. Akin's daughter so I was happy that if Dr. Seeker couldn't deliver Duncan it would be Dr. Akin. He said to meet him at the hospital. We packed up the truck and were headed to St. Davids North Austin Medical by 6:00 am. At that time my contractions were about 5 minutes apart. We got to the hospital and finally got admitted and to to the L&D room at about 8:30. I was having major back labor and the epidural finally arrived at 9:00 - after that it was smooth sailing! Dr. Akin's first estimated time was about 3:00 pm, but when he came back an hour later I had progressed so fast that he said I would be pushing in about an hour. By 12:00 pm I started pushing and Baby Duncan came into the world at 12:36pm. He had managed to get the cord wrapped around his neck twice! He weighed in at 7 lbs 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. He is absolutely perfect! Matt and I fell in love immediately and soooo excited about our new addition!
we made the LONG trip up to Dr. Seeker's new office in North Austin today for my weekly appointment. I had all my bags packed and in the car hoping that just maybe today could be the day. Unfortunately, nothing to report. Nothing has changed since last week. He estimated Duncan to be about 7 1/2 lbs (growing about an ounce per day). If he doesn't come by this weekend, we have an appointment Monday morning to check progress and discuss induction.