Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Thank you all for your prayers...God definitely has His hand at work in this situation.
In short, he has Group B Strep in his blood stream. (read the whole sentence before stopping)... "This is the most common cause of life-threating infections in newborns," BUT Andrew is fine.
I tested negative on my Group B Strep culture 4 weeks ago, but the MD says that the test isn't perfect and that this collinization can "come and go." Unfortunately I was not treated with Antibiotics prior to birth like they would have done if they were aware that I was positive.
We are very fortunate that Andrew was in the nursery the first night after birth because by 2am he had bad coloring and a high respiration rate, yet the staff picked up on these signs and by the time they woke Ryan and I up a chest x-ray was done, labs were drawn and he was started on 2 antibiotics. EARLY DETECTION IS WHY HE IS "DOING SO WELL" (and by the Grace of God).
He is monitored in the "Special Care Unit" (a nursery a step below the NICU) for the last 3 1/2 days. The good news is that today he gets to be in OUR room with us; off his monitors because he is doing so much better (yeah, private breastfeeding at last!).
The sad news is that he has to be in the hospital to receive his antibiotics until AUG. 8TH and I am discharged today. It is complicated because I am breastfeeding, and am not allowed to drive (d/t c-section and on a narcotic for pain). The best scenario is that the hospital gives me a Hospitality Room (We stay in a regular hosptial room, yet do not receive meals or nursing care). This will be determined on a day to day decision depending if there is an open room. So, hopefully we will be "living at the hospital" until next Wednesday so I can continue to breastfeed and we can bond with Andrew. Visitors welcome, just call Ryan's cell phone to make sure that we are here.
Andrew is the love of our life. He is adorable and we love to cuddle (all 3 of us). For all the support, prayers and love...we say thank you. We love you all!!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
INTRODUCING OUR NEW SON
ANDREW TIMOTHY PETERSON!!!
BORN ON: July 28, 2007
AT: St. John's Mercy Medical Center
WEIGHT: 7 lbs. 14 oz.
LENGTH: 22 inches
PROUD PARENTS: Kristy and Ryan Peterson
Name: We like the name Andrew and his middle name is Grandpa Zemans first name.
He is absolutely beautiful!! Prayers needed: He has to stay in the nursery for at least the next 48 hours--he has an infection (respritations are in the 80's, chest x-ray showed some "retained lung infiltrations," and white blood cell count is low--typically in adults it runs high with an infection). We are taking things as we go, although we are concerned.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Boy or a Girl, this will be the baby's nursery. The circle paintings I did; just thought it would be fun to put a little touch a mommy in there (plus it gave me an excuse to bring out my paints). The walls will some day be filled with pictures of our cutie pie. We can't wait to meet him/her!
Well, it isn't until July 26th, but because of the unknown we seem to celebrate it and want to spend these last couple nights just with each other. We went out to the Melting Pot for good fondue. You know that we are loosing it when both of us forgot our wallets--opps (we gave the credit card number over the phone--the manager was nice--I think he felt sorry for us...pregnancy brain at it's finest!). We have also recently been to the wineries, to a wedding, to our deck for candle light popcorn party, etc.
Baby P. is very active (kicking me in the middle of the night is always fun!)and everyone has been able to enjoy the movement and kicking from the outside (seeing the baby move and feeling it).
Yes, we are nesting. It was a weekend of tasks so I could mark them off my list in preparation for our little one. We have an ultrasound tomorrow (Monday). Ta, Ta for now.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
36 AND A 1/2 WEEKS AND COUNTING!!
Been experiencing Braxon Hicks Contractions which has been kind of exciting. We go to the Dr. tomorrow so hoping that goes well.
The ultrasound last week indicated that I am in th 92% for amniotic fluid and the baby is in the 94% for size...hense the fact that I am "measurring bigger" than I am "suppose to." If the baby grows until due date: Aug. 3, the MD is expecting a 8 1/2 to 10 1/2 lb baby. But only God really knows.
We have been...finishing the baby's room, going on romantic dates, we bought a new desk top and video camera, cleaning the house (We BOTH are nesting), went to Lamaze and breastfeeding class, going to baby showers and writing thank yous. A lot of time is spent preparing for Baby P!!!...daydreaming mostly.
Please continue to pray for us in the up coming weeks!!!