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9/24/2016 Latest post:
On 9/22/16, Kayla was 30 weeks and 4 days pregnant. The day started like any other when she got up and went to work. She was experiencing some mild cramps, but nothing that was too concerning at first. As the day went on the cramps became stronger and more regular. At around 4:30pm, on the advice of her doctors she and AJ headed to the birth center for her to get checked out. By the time she arrived, her contractions had gotten quite close and much stronger. She was already dilated to a 10 and they moved her into a room to deliver the baby. Desmond Hunter Dupont made his arrival at 6:58pm weighing in at 3.71 lbs. He was already breathing on his own but due to his prematurity, a team came to transport him to the NICU at The University of TN in Knoxville. Although he was breathing on his own, his blood gas levels were not great (these numbers tell how well his lungs are using the oxygen and throwing off the carbon dioxide.) The decision was made to intubate him before transport with the goal of slowly weaning him off of the ventilator over the next few days. With the exception of the low weight due to being premature and the breathing issues, he is an otherwise healthy baby.