This is when we finally got to meet you. We were really excited and anxious for you to get here. We spent months preparing for your arrival, but no preparation would prepare us for that day and the next 10 days after. It was a roller coaster of emotions and anxiety, and finally relief and happiness to begin a new journey; your journey.
We arrived at Trinity Hospital really early in the morning to get ready for your arrival. [Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we had to wear masks the entire time we were in the hospital. It's a strange time and hopefully things will get better.] Connie got as comfortable as should could in the hospital bed and she had to fill out a ton of paperwork before the hospital could get started with the delivery. Your mom's friend Maude flew in from California to spend the next couple weeks with us as her Doula. She was a HUGE help and we would have been much more stressed out if she wasn't there. I couldn't imagine going through everything we went through without out her help. Because she wasn't quite ready to give birth, the hospital gave her medicine to induce labor. Connie opted to give a natural birth, so that means no spinal tap and loads of pain. Connie did an amazing job pushing through the pain and after several hours and quite literally a few good pushes, you were here. However not everything was exactly right. They whisked you away to check your vitals and make sure you were doing okay. There were several nurses/doctors examining you and providing additional oxygen as your fingers and toes were a bit blue. After several minutes we were finally able to hold you.
Going back several months earlier as you were still growing and developing your mom felt an instant bond with you. That was especially true when the first ultrasounds were done and we could start to see you, and we could feel you move. Unfortunately as a dad, I didn't feel the same bond right away. I was worried it would take awhile for me to feel the same way. It's something I thought about frequently leading up to the day you were born. However, the instant you were delivered to us, that all changed. I knew you were my son to raise and love. It's amazing how everything changed that day for all of us.
After awhile you were weighed and measured, 8lbs 11ozs! The nurses made comments on how big of a boy you were, and how much hair you had! As parents, we couldn't be more proud. Our beautiful baby boy was finally here. Soon after we were moved into another room to take care of you, fill out paperwork, and get instructions (we had no idea what we were doing!). It was getting close to dinner time and it was time to celebrate, so we got some steaks and I went out to get the food. After about 20 minutes I was coming back to the room, but you were gone. Your mom & Maude were clearly worried, something was wrong.
Something was wrong with your breathing, you weren't getting enough oxygen for some unknown reason. The pediatrician stopped by our room to talk to us about what may be happening and what they're going to look for. It was a terrifying experience to say the least. We went from such an amazing life changing experience of child birth to sudden dread that something is wrong with our son. As parents, this is the worst thing to go through. They took X-Rays, CT scans, spinal tap, blood work, they checked for absolutely everything and were coming up empty handed. In one hand all your stats were coming back to normal; but in the other hand your blood oxygen saturation levels were dipping intermittently. After a day of tests and staying overnight in Minot we were assigned to the traveling pediatrician on call, Mehtap Yurt, M.D. We really couldn't ask for a better doctor. She has a lot of experience and compassion, we knew we were in good hands, we knew you were in good hands.
Even though this whole ordeal was nerve wrecking, Dr. Yurt and the rest of the staff in the NICU at Trinity was extremely helpful and caring. You were on 24/7 observation in the NICU and we were allowed to visit any time of the day to check in on you, feed you, or just to spend time holding you. (though we had to scrub-in for 3 minutes every time!) It was actually a really great learning experience as new parents. Another day past and you were still having some issues through the night, Dr. Yurt was in the NICU at the same time we were there, so she stopped by and talked to us. During the time she was able to see what was happening on the monitor as your levels would drop and go back to normal. She called a mobile x-ray to come in and take an x-ray of your chest. That came back okay and she decided to try some antibiotics as every other test was coming back normal. After a day of antibiotics your oxygen saturation levels were back to normal! Since you started that treatment you had no more episodes and it was just a matter of completing the seven day regiment to get the all clear. A bacterial blood infection was causing all these issues.
Around this time we moved into the Trinity Guest House. It was just across the street and was an affordable option to stay nearby. As you were stationed in the NICU we would stop by every few hours to feed you and spend time with you until you'd fall back asleep. For seven days we would keep the same schedule of visiting you, eating, and napping in-between those times. With each day you started to put on more weight and it was day closer to finally going home!
For the final day we moved back into the hospital so we could take care of you, and if we had any questions or concerns the nurses were just a call away. At this point we were so ready to be home. Thankfully that day came and went quickly and we were ready to finally pack up and head back home. You were all cleared, we loaded you up in your car seat and headed home.