"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Monday, January 24, 2011

What are you reading (26)?


It's Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event now hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World Of Books. It's helpful way to take a look at what you have read and what you want to read!

So, I've obviously been missing in action for a few weeks now and I haven't gotten any reading done at all.  But it's been for a good reason.  At 12:30 am, January 13, 2011 my water unexpectantly broke three weeks early.  It was like the 3 Stooges trying to get out of the house and to the hospital.  And I was even organized about everything!!  19 hours later at 7:12 pm, I gave birth to a baby boy weighing in at 7 lbs 9 oz, 21.5 in long.  We named him Anthony Donald, after my brother and hubby's dad.

However, quickly after his birth, the Drs felt that there was something wrong with his breathing.  Anthony was taken to the NICU where he was diagnosed with Respiratory Distress Syndrome.  Basically, his lungs were about 6 weeks under developed.  They put him on a ventilator and gave him drugs to help with his breathing.  Hubby and I were bedside with him my entire hospital stay.  I went home on Sunday, and Anthony stayed up the hospital in the NICU.  Hubby and I went every day to see him, and things started looking up.  But, because my son has a stubborn streak, he decided he just wasn't ready to come home yet.  On Friday, they transported him the nearest children's hospital because he was having heart rates over 300 beats p/minute.  He was diagnosed with supraventricular tachyacardia.  It's actually a common problem in infants and can be treated with a daily medicine that he has to take the first year of his life.  He's still in the NICU, but is moving from his incubator to an open crib in the next day or so (as long as he can regulate his body temp) and is taking bottles really well.  Once he's eating consistently and everything he gets to come home.  We're hoping for Tuesday or Wednesday!!

Here's a picture of my precious baby boy:

Isn't he cute???

I just can't wait to get him home.  The NICUs at both hospitals have been wonderful but it's extremely hard to leave my little boy each night. 

So as for my reading this week, I don't have anything planned.  Between the hospital, pumping, and just everyday life (like cleaning and paying bills) I barely have time to sleep!!  I'm hoping things will settle just a bit once we get him home and establish some type of routine :)

Hope you all have a happy reading week!!


8 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, congrats! He's adorable, and he's got this expression like: "Come on, guys, let me go home!"

You're probably not going to get a lot of reading done in the next few weeks....

Here's mine:

http://laurelrainsnow.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/monday-memes-mailbox-monday-what-are-you-reading-jan-24/

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

He's adorable!!!! Glad you could give us an update.


Here is my weekly update

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Welcome Anthony Donald! Wow you have been busy and boy is he cute. I hope he comes home this week!

Daphne said...

He's so cute!! Sounds like you've had a busy 10 days or so. I'm glad that it sounds like everything is going to be OK but I"m sure it's been very stressful. Please don't forget to take care of yourself!!

Jennifer said...

Ohhhhh he is adorable and a fabulous weight for the NICU. All three of mine were preemies and I recall practically living in the NICU. ((((hugs))) Soon he will be home. :)

Jan von Harz said...

Anthony is absolutely gorgeous, and looks very bored with the whole staying at the hospital thing. For saying he was early he was a big boy.

Hope you get to bring him home soon, but don't expect any more sleep for a while. Congrats.

Aleetha said...

YAY, he's cute. Welcome to the world lil baby boy.Hope he will be home soon

COngratulations

Toyin O. said...

Congrats on your baby, he is adorable. Praying he comes home soon:)

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