Sunday, February 8, 2015

One Month With Jack

As you can see, Jack chose not to participate in his 1 month photo shoot :)

We made it a month! And what a month it has been. Thankfully, the last 2 weeks have been MUCH less eventful than the first couple weeks of Jack's life. These days we're enjoying being at home with a happy, hungry, sleepy, fun little baby. I think most of you reading this already know the general story of whats been going on with Jack, but I'll still try and give you a little overview. Starting with when he was born!

Jack decided that he wasn't ready to come into the world on his own, so my doctor and I set an induction date of January 5th. Joe and I arrived at the hospital bright and early that morning and started the process to finally meet our little man. When I went in to the hospital, I wasn't 100% sure that I would want an epidural, but after a few serious contractions I was more than ready for one! After settling in with the epidural I was able to take a nap while labor progressed. The labor and birth were honestly pretty uneventful, and Jack made his grand entrance at 5:00 pm on the dot! He weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long. We got in a little snuggle time then he got his first bath and hair wash which he thoroughly enjoyed.

We spent the next couple days at the hospital just holding and getting to know Jack while also trying to catch little cat naps in between. It is amazing how someone so small can have you wrapped around their little finger so fast! Needless to say, Joe and I were in love with him the second we saw him.

We made it home on the evening of January 7th with plans to settle in to life at home with a newborn. I actually don't have any pictures from our one day at home before we went back to the hospital! On the night of Thursday the 8th, we were hanging out with several family members who were in town and my mom was holding Jack while he slept, when he suddenly pulled his head back and had a seizure. After the seizure, he stopped breathing and his lips started turning blue. By this point we had already called 911 and were trying to stimulate Jack to get him to breathe again. Luckily, he did start breathing again on his own before the ambulance got here, but we still decided it would be safest to ride in the ambulance to the hospital in case he had another seizure on the way.

I won't go into too much detail about our 2 and a half week stay in the NICU, but basically Jack was monitored 24/7, had every kind of test possible run, and tested medicines until we found the right type and dose to control his seizures. Joe and I were very lucky to be able to get a room in the Ronald McDonald family house every night until Jack "graduated" to a private room that had a bed we could sleep in. Thanks to tons of help from our families, we were provided with a steady supply of clean clothes, supplies and food. We made it home from the hospital for the 2nd time 2 weeks ago and are very happy to be here! Jack is still on some supplemental oxygen as well as a heart rate and breathing monitor, but we are able to take him out of the house to run errands and go on walks. Thank you so much to everyone who called, texted, emailed, came to visit, and prayed for Jack. We can definitely feel the love over here!

Now for the real reason you are probably checking out this blog post... pictures of Jack! He's growing so much already and makes us laugh every single day without even meaning to :)

Happy to snuggle with mom after a whole day of not being able to be held

The many emotions of Jack while he falls asleep

This is one of my favorites :)

Watching hockey with dad

At one month old, Jack weighed in at about 12 pounds! He skipped right past newborn diapers (and clothes) into size ones. He's changing and growing so fast! I can't promise that I'll get around to posting much non-Jack related things on the blog in the near future, but I will try and keep up the monthly baby posts. Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers, I know they're being heard :)