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Jackson’s Story

Jackson "Jax" Harrison Moore was born October 29, 2012, nearly three months early. We're his parents, Stacia Fleegal and Jonathan Moore, and we created this website to keep family and friends updated on his growth and well-being. We appreciate your support, love, and warmth during this time of ups and downs--they really help!



Fora little background: Stacia went to the hospital on October 25 because of some mild contractions. After a few hours of observation, doctors decided to keep her overnight because baby's heart rate was dipping with each contraction. She was confined to bed rest and a magnesium drip to stave off early labor.

After four days and some steroid shots to enhance baby's lungs in case he came early anyway, intense labor began early the morning of the 29th. Doctors were deciding to prep Stacia for a C-section when Jackson just decided it was time to show up--on the way to the OR. As Hurricane Sandy began to rage outside, Jax came barreling into the world, naturally, breech, and still in his placenta. Doctors told us, in so many words, "Sometimes, you just get a crappy placenta, and who knows why." The clinical term for what happened is an inexplicable placental abruption.

We were also told that we're very lucky we came to the hospital when we did to have the contractions checked out, that any earlier and our nurses wouldn't have been able to detect the heart rate dips and would've sent us home, where labor would've been unpreventable. And any later would've been too late. Either way, if we hadn't gone when we did, we'd have lost Jackson.

But Jax is our determined little Scorpio (he didn't want to be an Aquarius, ha), and he's showing us early that he does what he wants, when he wants. The doctors and nurses in the NICU at York Hospital all describe him as "feisty" and "stronger than he should be." After only three hours in the world, he upgraded from a ventilator to assisted breathing, and is meeting little milestones every day, sometimes every hour.

We know Jackson's time in the NICU will be full of ups and downs, but how can we not be positive about the persistence and resilience our little fighter has already shown?

Latest Journal Update

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Sorry we haven't updated in a week, but we've been very busy getting ready for Jax's discharge....which happened today!

On Sunday, we roomed in with Jax at the NICU, and Monday and Tuesday were spent cleaning and setting up a makeshift nursery downstairs while the remodeling continues upstairs (almost done!). Today, we got the call that Jax was ready to come home. We met with doctors, nurses, and feeding specialists this afternoon to go over how to administer Jax's medications (a diuretic, sodium supplement, and vitamins) and how to alternate breastfeeding and bottle-feeding with a high calorie formula, at least initially, so he continues to gain weight.

Then we strapped him into his car seat, bundled him up, snapped some pics, and said goodbye to the incredible NICU staff, to whom we're so grateful and will miss so much.

We've been home alone with Jax for about 5 hours now, and are having a great time -- two diaper changes, two feedings, and lots of cuddling.

It might not always be this easy, but after what we've already gone through, we're ready for just about anything.