Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Evan Update

Now an update from Mommy. My sweet little boy was a much easier and faster delivery than his big brother. That is an answer to prayer. With the speed of his delivery we have encountered a problem...he has had what they call a grunt, which is indicative of labored breathing, some sort of respiratory trouble. They are assuming at this point it is just because of the speed in which he entered the world. They said this is common with c-section babies or babies that are born so quickly, which he was. I guess not being in the birth canal long, he wasn't "squeezed" enough to empty his lungs fully of the fluid and mucus that needs to come out. With that, he is in the NICU..which truly breaks my heart. I am fairly certain it is just monitoring and being cautious but not having my baby in the room with me and not being able to feed him right now is very hard for Mommy. The hardest thing is I will be discharged on Thursday and he will not be discharged until Friday. How hard will it be for me to leave my little angel here and go home!?!? I am thankful we are as close to our hospital this time as we are (about 10minutes). I am thankful I have my sweet little man, Brady, to keep me distracted - in a positive light - to help me get through being home with him. I am thankful things appear to be fine and just cautionary. We will know more in the morning when test results, cultures, etc. come back but your prayers are COVETED right now as we, of course, can't help but worry about him. I will post again in the morning when I know more.

On a positive note, Chris returned to my room with his parents and Brady just in time to see Evan and hold him before they took him to the NICU. Brady was very happy to see Mommy and so sweet with his little brother. He got up in the bed with me wearing his cute I am the Big Brother t-shirt on and asked to hold him...he did a wonderful job holding sweet Evan. He was happy and excited to be a part of things. After Evan left, he asked numerous times where he was and asked to see him and hold him A LOT. It saddened me a little, knowing I wanted to hold him too but also warmed my heart that he was that interested in him and viewing him in such a positive light at this point.

Prayers and support are much appreciated right now. Love to all who are keeping up with our journey and our newest Stidham. In the 7 grandchildren of Bob and Sue, I birthed the smallest baby (Brady) and the largest (Evan)...pretty funny!


Ben said...

Congratulations Chris & Katrina. Welcome Evan.

With Love,

Tara & Ben

Blake said...

Sorry to hear Even is in the NICU but so glad to know you are doing well. Chilbirth is not easy and God is good. Stay stong.

The Grays.

Linh Chin-Lai said...

Congrats to you and your family, Katrina.

You all look great and you are such a trooper to be blogging already! :)

Kristine said...

Praying for you!!

Heather H said...

he's precious! i cannot believe your body held a 9 pounder!!!!

Tuck was a c-section and had to go to NICU for 4 days. tiny hole in his lung that needed 100% oxygen for all of that time. i know how you feel. i didn't get to see him for 18 hours after he was born b/c they whisked him away from me -- and that was the time of no digital pics!

be strong. be encouraged. one day, this will be a distant memory.
prayers for you.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the birth of beautiful baby Evan! I'm so excited to meet him. In the meantime, I'm praying for all of you while Evan is in the NICU.

Love you,

allison said...

Congrats guys! We know the heartache of the NICU! I will be praying for peace, thankfulness at his size compared to other NICU babies, the ability to try nursing while in the NICU, the ability to trust the nurses and docs - keep us posted! -allison

deana said...

Just wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will be praying for a speedy recovery for little Evan so that he might be able to come home with you all on Thursday. Much love!

Laura D said...

What a precious baby boy and what a totally awesome picture of Brady being the big brother holding his baby brother. I am so very happy for all of you as you celebrate this gift from God!I can't wait to meet my new nephew and see Brady interact with him. I love you all so very much and I will pray for all of you going home together tomorrow. Kisses and Hugs!!