First, let me say I'm sorry I have been MIA the last 10 days. I just realized that all the pics are on Dad's computer so I will have to add one later. For now, here is his story to date:
Albrecht had his own schedule set up which threw things into a complete tailspin around here. This is our story:
As many of you know, I started having contractions on 3/12. They were what the dr deemed "non-progressive labor." That means, they were consistant but not increasing and not really making any changes in dialation etc. It was miserable. On 3/19 we went into OKC (about an hour from home but where my dr is located) to do some last minute shopping for the kids for things they might want while they were with the sitter. Things went fine but I was really tired all day. About 7pm we went to have dinner at one of my fovorite Chinese places. Let me say, dinner with 5 kids is always a slow affair. About 8 just as we where finishing up, all of the sudden it felt like something stabbed me in the center of my back. Not lower back, but actually the middle. In a minute it passed, but about 10 minutes later it started again.
I told DH it was fine, I was just super tired and needed to get home and get some rest. He thought since we were already in the City, we should go ahead and call the dr. As luck would have it, my dr was on call. He agreed that since I was only 5 miles from the hospital it would be best to be checked out. So, thinking it was much to do about nothing, I went in. Imagine my suprise when I was dialated to a 3! At 38w 2d and being so far out with steadier and getting closer contractions, it was decided that it was indeed baby time.
We called the sitter and had her come into OKC to pick up the other kids. Because I was a csection, I was given some medicine to help neutralize stomach acid and encourage my digestion to speed along. Right after the sitter picked up the kids, I was taken to the OR.
Albrecht arrived at 12:41 am on 3/20/13. He was 8lb 11oz and 20". His initial APGAR score was only a 6 as he was retracting. NICU was called in but he stablized quickly and his second APGAR was a 9. It took a long time for them to get me put back together but inside everything still looked good so we did not go through with the tubal. When I finally made it to recovery, Dad was there holding Albrecht. His blood sugar was very low though we are unsure as to why. It ended up dropping down to 21 before we could get it back up. And, his hands and feet were very, very blue. They assured us it was not a cause for concern but of course, we still worried until it began to improve around day 2. He still has some blue cast in his feet, but nothing like it was.
Also, he has now failed the newborn hearing screening twice. At this point, he does not seem to hear out of his right ear. Again, we have been told not to worry as it does not nescessarily mean a hearing loss and could just be fluid. We have been referred to a specialist for more extensive testing that will be scheduled around 1m.
So, we finally got home late Friday evening. I have been put on modified bed rest because we are having some issues with my incision opening up a little. We had to take Albrecht back in on Monday to get his referal started for his hearing. When we went in, we noticed that Albrecht was very, very yellow. That resulted in him being re-admitted to the hospital and placed under the bililights for 24 hours. It absolutely broke my heart to see him with the blinders on being poked and prodded to monitor his biliruben levels. But, at last we are home, I am still supposed to be on bedrest, and Albrecht is doing well. I swear, this is the child that will finally turn my hair grey, lol. I will try to keep you guys updated as we find out more about his hearing.