Monday morning, December 29th, I went in for my routine weekly prenatal appointment. I was 37 weeks at the time. The nurse calls me back and starts doing the usual steps - weighs me, takes my blood pressure, measures my belly, etc. And then she grabs the monitor to check little man's heart rate, and that's where it all began. I wish I could play an audio file of what we heard. I guess try to imagine a stampede of horses running full speed - that pretty much does it. Hank's heart rate was sky high at a record 220 - off the charts... literally. My doctor comes in and says something along the lines of, "I don't like what's happening here. You're probably going to have a baby today, and you're probably going to have a c-section."
Ummm WHAT?! Yes.
Less than 2 hours later a beautiful baby boy was born!
|Getting ready for my C-section - still in good spirits!|
|David getting suited up! But he didn't get to come back with me since it was emergency.|
|Hank Carpenter Street|
6 lbs 9 oz, 19 3/4 in long
|My first time seeing my sweet boy!|
So here's a really neat story that shows how cool our great God is... After Hank made it to ACH, the cardiologist called me and explained the procedure they were about to perform on my baby to get his heart rate down. It sounded scary, but I knew he was in good hands, so I had to trust them. Ten minutes later the cardiologist called me back and said, "Nevermind. He converted on his own!" Praise the Lord! They didn't have to do the scary procedure, and my baby boy was well! He still had to stay at Children's for a couple days to be monitored and receive antibiotics.
But seriously, that next day and a half was heart-wrenching. I'm so thankful for technology and that I was able to see my baby through pictures and Facetime, but I needed to be there with him. I was finally released Wednesday morning, and Tony drove me to go see my newest little love!
|So happy to be heading to Little Rock!|
|No words to describe this moment. Finally holding my little boy!|
|Our little family all together for the first time!|
|I just couldn't get enough of him!|
|We finally got released to come home Thursday!|
|My final "bump" picture to add to the collection!|
|The whole compilation!|
|Went for a walk downtown|
And a few newborn pictures (credit to the fabulous Rhyanne Ketron)
Our hearts are so happy and full!
"This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."