I’ve been keeping folks up to date via email and phone calls, and now that Jack’s here, I’m having a hard time keeping up. So for a bit, I’ll try to collect here and distribute out from there.
Backing up a bit, Karen was having high blood pressures for a few weeks now, and was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia last Thursday. After going on and off magnesium a few times to keep her BP down, in addition to treating with BP meds, we made the decision to move toward delivery Tuesday morning. They induced Karen at around 10:00 AM, and her labor started progressing slowly. Everything was going pretty smoothly, however it was taking some time.
A little after 2:00 am on Wednesday, they decided that Jack had enough and it was time to head to the OR for a c-section. Karen was prepped, and Jack was born at 2:44 am weighing 2 lbs 8 oz and measuring 15 inches long! A good size for only being 30 weeks.
Since then, everything has been a blur. Karen is recovering well. She’ll be on the magnesium for until around 3 am Thursday. Her Blood Pressure is doing great now, and is resting comfortably. We hope to get her home sometime this weekend.
Jack on the other hand is going to stay here for a while. He’ll be in the NICU, likely until he would have been born near the end of September. He was intubated shortly after bring him down into NICU, but is doing great! They expect to take the breathing tube out tonight or tomorrow, and move him either to a nasal tube or c-pap to help him breathe a little easier, but only as much as he needs it. So far, that hasn’t been a lot. With the oxygen tube, the have him at around 40 %, and in normal air, we breathe around 21%, so he’s not needing much help.
I’ve taken some photos with the phone and posted them over at Flickr:
And here’s some video of the little kicker being fussy in the incubator: