"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."
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 :)