Friday, March 30, 2012

Rivers is here - Part 4

We finally arrive in our room around 3:30 am.  The nurses from the nursery were supposed to bring Rivers to us.  Russ and I both laid down to rest when the phone rang.  It was a nurse from the nursery telling us Rivers has choked on what looked like dried blood, had turned blue, and had taken a bit to get him over it.  SCARED us so much!! The next 24 hours involved us meeting with neonatologists and pediatricians, Rivers getting several ultrasounds done, and us walking back and forth to the nursery every 3 hours to feed and spend time with him.  Not ideal, but we were so glad he was doing okay and being monitored.  They eventually felt like he just swallowed a lot of blood during birth so they suctioned his stomach and wanted to keep him with them for at least 24 hours.

We went to bed that night for the first time without him since he was conceived.  It was so hard not being able to bring him to our room after giving birth to him but I know it was for his benefit. Finally, on Thursday afternoon, they wheeled him into our room.  That moment was almost as emotional as his birth.  We were so ready to have him with us!

Russ and his sister Leigh Ann showing Rivers to Lucy since he couldn't leave the nursery.

Soon after Rivers got to come to the room, Lucy came to visit.  We gave her a book about being a big sister and a tea pot.  She noticed Rivers and loved on him some but the majority of her time was spent running around the room touching everything she could. We could not wait to go home the next day and be a family of four!

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