Here he is at 8pm. the same night. Time to meet Grandpa & Mimi.
Grandpa's first look at Evrett
Meeting Mimi, and oh, how she wanted to hold Evrett!
They told us when we left the NICU that night for my room that they would contact us if he got worse during the night, but again assured us that they didn't foresee any major problems
At 5 am that morning (9-10-09) they came to our room to tell us that he had worsened and that they had put him in an oxygen tent in an isolet. He had developed a pnuemothorax (collapsed lung) in his struggle to breathe. They hoped the oxygen tent would be enough to ease his struggle and prevent a second pneumothorax in the other lung. This was our view of him at 6:45 when they finally allowed us in to see him.
We were finally able to see him again later that afternoon around 3:00. I just LOVE baby feet.
Mommy is checking on her boy, and getting a first look at his tiny chest tubes, and ALL the tubing from the respirator.
Later that evening Grandpa & Mimi brought Ethan, Elysia & Eoin up to see Mommy & Daddy, and find out the new brother's name. They had been warned that they would not get to see their new baby yet, but they didn't understand why. We explained to them that Evrett was having a hard time breathing outside of Mommy's belly, and that he had to be in a special room in the hospital where they could help him breathe. We told them that only the Mommy, Daddy, Grandpas, & Grandmas were allowed to go in because it was dangerous for the tiny babies to have any germs come into that special place. We told them all about the special scrub brushes that we had to use on our arms/hands/nails (we actually brought a few scrubbers home for the kids, and they still LOVE to use them).
Just Daddy & I went down for a last visit with Evrett that night. We were given the encouragement that he should begin to improve very soon.
I longed to hold my precious boy, but that would not be possible now until his chest tubes were removed because he had to remain still. Moving him posed too great a risk of one of the tubes coming out.
When we came back that evening he had his feet crossed and propped up on the blanket roll. We thought that was sooooo funny. It reminded us how Eoin would sit on Josh's lap and cross his feet just like Daddy did. :~)
On our last visit there around 11pm we were told that he was very agitated (although he does not look like it in this photo). They thought it was all the noise & lights. They said that it would be good if we didn't touch him at this point.
The nurse let us choose a card to write his name on. Notice the tiny footprint cutout! Evrett certainly did not look little in that NICU. We saw many babies the size of my hand. We joked that although Evrett's first name was David he was truly the Goliath of the NICU.
That afternoon my parents came down to spend the night and then take the oldest 3 children to stay with them at the farm in MI. Here is Grandpa "Boots" meeting Evrett. My Dad was really worried about him after he saw him with all his tubes etc. He said, "is he really going to be okay?" We told him that the Dr. assured us that he should begin to get well soon, and that when he did he should do so VERY rapidly. Although we had yet to see evidence of this, we were trusting the Lord to heal Evrett.
Grandma Boots meeting Evrett, and wishing she could hold him.
Early in the afternoon, they decided to take Evrett off the respirator and see how he did back on the nasal cannula alone. Mimi was happy to see him later that afternoon, and to see that he was not struggling to breathe like he was that first day. We talked about how severe he was retracting, and praised the Lord that it looked like he might be beginning to rally.
on to block the light, so he would rest better. It was very discouraging to see him doing worse, but he was beginning to rest more in the new environment. This new room was really frightening to us though. It is where they kept the REALLY tiny babies. I mean TINY, smaller than my hand. I couldn't believe that they could live when they were that small. Their skin was translucent. Inside I hoped they hadn't moved Evrett there because he was that high-risk.
Daddy was really looking forward to holding Evrett too!
When we came back that afternoon they had turned on the biliruban lights because he was slightly jaundiced. Then we noticed NO MORE CHEST TUBES!!!!!!! Praise the Lord!
Mommy FINALLY got to hold her boy!!!!!! :' ) And yes, I cried!
Next, was Daddy's long awaited turn to hold his newest boy!
When we arrived that morning Evrett had been moved back to the main room in the NICU!!!!!His nurse told me that they had just given him a bottle, but that if we came back around 1pm I could try to nurse him. I was THRILLED!!! This would be the first time outside of the attempt in the recovery room (he wasn't interested then), that I was allowed to do so. They put up this screen right there next to his crib, so we could have some privacy. Evrett did REALLY WELL!!! We were sooooo thankful, especially me because only pumping had been VERY time consuming and a difficult way to start out! :~) From this time forward anytime I was there near his feeding time they let me nurse him. Things started to seem a little more normal now.
A little grin for Daddy!
They still needed to make sure he was getting a certain amount of nourishment, so they asked Daddy if he wanted to try giving Evrett a bottle. Daddy was very happy to help! :~)
That night when we returned after supper the nurse asked me if I would like to give Evrett his bath. YES!!!!! I was finally starting to do more "Mommy" things. :~)
he decided he was HUNGRY!!!! We didn't want him to cry for over an hour on the trip home, so I gave him a bottle of pumped milk because it was faster than trying to nurse him.