March 6, 2010

so happy to have him...

Crew Michael Field
Sunday, February 28th @ 7:05 p.m.
8 pounds, 20 1/2 inches

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this week has been a busy one...full of all sorts of emotions. we couldn't be happier to have this little boy join our family. he is soooo sweet and has such a tender spirit...he has already brought so much happiness into our lives & we are so incredibly grateful to have him.

like i said, this week has been a bit crazy, so i'll try and give a quick overview of what's gone on. sunday morning i put the kids in the tub around 9 and started having contractions. they were about 3 minutes apart. after 2 hours of this, i called labor & delivery to see what they recommended and they told me to stay home as long as i could handle the pain...so that is what i did, stayed home and kept busy by cleaning, vacuuming, and baking cookies. my sisters & mom drove up to be with the kids & we got to the hospital around 3:30. i was dilated to a 5 & about 90% effaced. then you know how it goes, epidural & all that. around 6:50, i began pushing. crew's little heart beat dropped down to around 50, and i could tell the doctor was getting a bit stressed. after pushing through 4 contractions & crew's heart beat continuing to go down, the doctor decided to use a vacuum to help with the delivery. and sure enough, he came right out...thank goodness!!

on monday i started noticing that every once in a while (like once every 3 hours) crew would start twitching. it was a rhythmic twitch that would last about a minute or so & it wasn't something i remembered seeing with zac & emerson. i asked the nurses about it, and they told me that it was just normal newborn behavior...their nervous systems aren't completely developed and it's nothing to worry about. but something didn't seem right to me. monday night around 10:30 a nurse came in to take crew to the nursery to check all of his vitals & i mentioned the twitches to her...she also kind of dismissed my concern & assured me it really wasn't something to worry about. 15 minutes later, the nurse came back & told me that she saw him twitching & agreed that it wasn't normal. she called the pediatrician, crew was admitted to the N.I.C.U. & they ran some tests that night. tuesday morning, they confirmed that crew was experiencing minor seizures due to a slight hemorrhage surrounding his little brain...(the hemorrhage was caused by the vacuum). they started crew on some anti-seizure medicine which has been great. as far as we know, he hasn't had a seizure since tuesday morning at 11. this monday, they will run another test to make sure that the seizures really have stopped...and then we'll go from there...figuring out how long to keep him on the medication...(he needs to stay on the medication until the little amount of blood that is surrounding around his brain is fully reabsorbed) hopefully, he'll be home sometime next week, but you just never know, so we're trying not to get our hopes up too high. he really is doing so well though & the doctors are very hopeful & optimistic that there are no major problems or issues.

thanks to dad field being here with zac & emerson, chad & i have spent about 6 hours a day up at the hospital with our little crew. at times i feel torn, but this is our reality right now & so i'm trying to make the most of it...but it hasn't been easy. i love my little family & really, i just want for all of us to be together under the same roof. i know that it will happen soon, but it feels like an eternity...

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so excited to have a brother...

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and just as excited to be a big sister...no wait, according to emmy, she is the "mommy" and supposedly i am "emmy"...funny girl!

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this is crew when he was first admitted to the N.I.C.U....i'll have to post some more pictures of him now though because he doesn't look like this anymore. he really looks like a perfectly healthy baby...he is still hooked up to the oxygen because the medicine he is on makes him sleepy which causes him to not breathe as well, but we're in the process of getting that regulated though, so it's not really a concern. poor boy...i'm glad he won't remember this...

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chad is such a dedicated dad. he loves our kids so much & i love him for that...

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i'll try to be better about keeping everyone posted...we should know more at the beginning of the week. please keep little crew in your prayers... ;)

26 comments:

Denise said...

thanks for the updates, Lyds. We'll keep praying for your little family.d

Clark said...

Congrats on having such an adorable little baby! I'm so sorry that Crew is in the NICU and hope he continues to make good progress so he can be home soon.

Charlotte said...

Crew is beautiful. We'll keep him and your family in our prayers.

Andrea S. said...

Lyndsie, he looks absolutely perfect. I can't get over his cheeks in the picture of you holding him! I am so glad that Crew is doing better now that he's on the medication. We will be praying that he gets to come home soon and that he can come off the medication. I can't imagine being torn between being at the hospital with Crew and being at home with Zac and Emmerson. Wish I was there to help you out!

Jessica Curtis said...

he's gorgeous lynds! i can't imagine what this last week must have been like for you. we are praying for you and baby crew..and hope you'll get to take him home soon! we love you guys!

Julie said...

Thanks for posting pictures...can't wait to see him in person...love to you all!
Aunt Julie

Karli said...

He is beautiful! I love the picture of you and him together-so tender. And, I love his name-it's one we've tossed around for our baby boy who may just make his arrival this week sometime! (: i will definitely keep him in my prayers & you too! such a cute family.

Shelley said...

Linds, you are such a trooper. I'm so sorry all this is going on, but Crew is a beautiful baby and I'm so happy for you. Why don't nurses EVER trust mom's? I'm glad the one nurse saw it and now he's getting treated. I can't wait for the good news that he is home and happy. So, keep posting:)

Natalie said...

Congratulations! We are so happy to see pictures of your little guy.

Melissa said...

He is adorable Lyndsie! We'll keep praying that you guys can all come home soon! Let me know if there is anything we can do for you.

Melissa Morris

Sommers said...

we are excited for you guys. know you are in out thoughts and prayers. Crew is beautiful!!!

Jeff and Kandis said...

He is a handsome little guy, and I love the name Crew!!
You are in our prayers!!
Congratulations!!

Penfold's said...

I am so happy for your little family! He is absolutely beautiful. We will keep all of you in our prayers :)

Penfold's said...

I am so happy for your little family! He is absolutely beautiful. We will keep all of you in our prayers :)

Penfold's said...

I am so happy for your little family! He is absolutely beautiful. We will keep all of you in our prayers :)

Beccarigg said...

Congrats on your little sweetie! I'm so glad you acted on your mother's intuition and told those nurses to take a closer look. I'm glad they found out what was wrong and have been able to help little Crew. I hope he can come home soon!

RaeAnn said...

Thank you for updating since I have been thinking about your whole crew all week. There is nothing like the new-parent anxiety when there is a complication, and I am so glad that prayers are answered and that you are all pulling through that stress. Thank goodness for Mike and all of your other great support. Love you!

Starnes fam said...

He is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations and hopefully he will be home soon. Thinking of you....
The Starnes Family

Maegan said...

Lyndsie,
Reading your post brought back the memory when Jackson was born. I am so happy they got the seizures under control, and I remember how happy we were when Jax was able to breath on his own and he was able to come home! If you need to talk or we can do anything, let us know!

Chad and Margaret Olson said...

Lyndsie,
Hey it's Margaret (Durham) Olson fromgood ol Timpview. I happened to hp onto your blog and saw this post about your delivery. I can't believe you have three kids! So happy to hear he is ok. HOw scary. I can't even imagine what that would be like. Good luck in the next little while and congrats. You have such a cute little fam. Let's stay in touch!

Nicole said...

Congrats Lyns! We will keep him in our prayers as well! When will the nurses ever listen to the moms? It's not called mother's intuition for nothing- keep us posted!
Oh and I LOVE the name too -He is just adorable!

Jamie Meacham said...

Lynds congrats! Your post brought tears to my eyes, I am so sorry you have to watch your little one go through all of this. Hand in there ( I know you will, you always do!) He is a beautiful little boy and looks just like you. What a beautiful family you have. It reminds me of the days we would walk and talk about our futures. Here we are moms, married with homes and families of our own. How blessed and wonderful it is! love ya!

Magnolia Designs said...

So happy for your new addition. I can sympathize with your experience with little Crew. Our son Lawson was born sick and had to stay in the hospital for a week, it was the hardest week of my life. You can read about our experiece here: http://magnoliadesigns.blogspot.com/2009/07/welcome-baby-lawson.html

My prayers are with you!

Malia said...

That picture of him hooked up to so many things breaks my heart. He is such a sweetie though and we will definitely keep him in our prayers.

Emily Wilson said...

He is a beautiful baby. Congratulations!!

Kenny & Melissa Hardy said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear your tale, but I am glad that everything is looking up. We tend to forget what a miracle little babies are. Hang in there!!