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5/10/2017 Latest post:
As many of you know, Rowan was born at 31 weeks, 1 day, after I became suddenly and severely sick with preeclampsia. After two days in the hospital, the doctors decided it was safer for both him and I that I be induced, and after a 43 hour long induction process, he was born. He was born April 22nd, at 3 pounds 10 ounces, and was estimated a 4-6 week NICU stay. Thankfully because of the four days we had before he was born, I was able to receive steroid injections to help give his lungs an early boost, and after only a week on a large CPAP machine to help him breathe, he was able to downgrade to a smaller nose cannula as he's not needing as much oxygen. He was also able to downgrade from a plastic isolate/incubator, to a regular "crib" as he's no longer needing the extra help regulating his body temperature. At this point we are just waiting on him to be able to feed on his own (he's not able to eat as he doesn't have the stamina for it so he's being fed through a tube) and get his reflux under control (the thing that is causing him to still need the extra oxygen). Once he is able to eat and breathe better, he's able to come home to us. Until then, Tanner and I's time is occupied entirely by driving back and forth to the hospital. As he is back to work until Rowan comes home, I spend most of my time in the NICU getting as many updates as I can to relay back to Tanner until he is able to come down after get gets off work each night. This entire situation has been nothing short from the most stressful, exhausting, and emotional time in both of our lives but we're being a team and getting through it as best as we can until we get to take our baby home. As much as we appreciate all of the support and update inquiries, it's stressful trying to keep everyone individually in the loop with how he's doing, so I thought this would be an easier way to keep everyone in the know without overwhelming Tanner or myself when we're both already under so much stress with all of this. Again, thank you everyone for the amount of love and support all three of us has been receiving. We appreciate it immensely.