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2/25/2016 Latest post:
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The Story of Thomas
February 21, Sunday night it was time to leave for the hospital. Our little baby wasn't due until March 10, but 2 1/2 weeks early didn't seem too early. We arrived at the hospital at 10:30 in the evening and Thomas made his arrival early Monday morning at 5:19! We were so excited to welcome our precious little baby boy into our arms, but his little cries didn't sound very strong and while he was laying in my arms, they were suctioning his mouth out... He didn't start turning pink until they put him on a little bed beside us and gave him oxygen. I asked, "Is he ok?!" They all looked alarmed and soon called "Code Blue, Room 6, Code Blue Room 6!" Soon a team of 4 or 5 NICU nurses were there and kept suctioning out his mouth, laying him on his tummy, and thumping his sides and back... They wrapped him up in a blanket quickly and let me hold him a few short seconds, just long enough so I could kiss his little head and see a tiny dimple in his chin. He looks like his Daddy, with a sprinkling of dark hair and a prominent nose and looks all boy! I'll have to admit our arms felt rather empty and we felt a little traumatized. Within the next 12 hours they put a line into his umbilical cord and put him on a ventilator, with oxygen. The line to his umbilical cord lets them take blood samples to check his blood gasses. Seeing our little baby hooked up to monitors, ventilator, feeding tube, umbilical cord, and now he's a little jaundiced so he's under a blue light... It makes us feel quite helpless and we're learning new lessons on trust. We know God is near, we feel His presence and thanks for your thoughts and prayers - The doctor says he's doing good will need to begin breathing on his own sometime soon...