Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sleepy Sleepy Baby

Yesterday morning we transferred from the University Hospital to Children's Hospital. The Transport team came and loaded up Kimble for the incredibly long ambulance ride... across the street.
He looked like a plate of spaghetti when they got all his cords together.
Soon after we got settled, the nurses were fiddling with him a bit, and I asked one of them if I could hold him. She looked at me and said "Of course you can!" Heath and I were so shocked. We told them that we hadn't been able to hold him yet. It was so very sweet to have him placed in our arms. I cried immediately.


Some of you are wondering about his hair. It's actually pretty long in back, but short on top...exactly the way Keaton's hair was.

Heath got to hold him too. It was very tender to see.

Soon after that, one of the Cardiology doctors came over to chat with us about the upcoming meeting our team of doctors was going to be having about Kimble, and the plan of action they were going to take based on the echocardiogram they had just done. While we were talking, I mentioned pumping and saving my breastmilk, and wondering when he could start getting my milk (he had been on IV fluids up to this point)
and the doctor said "You can breastfeed him anytime you want."
I think I almost fainted. First, I had just gotten to hold him, which was so wonderful. Now, he was saying I could breastfeed him immediately?? It was too good to be true. I was so excited. We got set up and tried to get Kimble to nurse, but he wouldn't wake up from his medication-induced sleep. Apparently the prostoglandin that he is on makes babies very sleepy. We spent the rest of the day and night trying to get him to wake up enough to nurse, and although he has made a bit of progress this morning, and latched on for a few minutes, he is still so very sleepy. The doctor's reduced the medicine a bit, and we hope that this weekend we can work towards him being a full-time breastfeeding baby!
Also, there is more good news. The doctors think there is a very high chance that his right ventricle might possibly develop into a more capable chamber. They want to balloon the pulmonary valve (which is closed off currently) to open up bloodflow, and hopefully that will make the right ventricle start contracting and could, eventually, (years down the road) function capably enough to give him a long and healthy life. There are lots of procedures, possible surgeries and stuff, that will happen along the way, but the doctors see this route as the best possible thing for Kimble, and have very high hopes that it will be successful.
At this point, sometime next week they will do an extensive Cath test, and if it looks as they anticipate, they will balloon out the valve immediately. After that, it could be 2 weeks, it could be 4-6 weeks, before they know if he will be well enough to be released, or if they need to place a shunt in his heart, or if they need to do something else. So right now, it is a lot of waiting. We'll see what happens.
Last night my mom flew into town, so Heath will bring up her and the kiddos to visit with me. The kids can't see the baby, but my mom will be able to. So this weekend, it's just visiting with family and relaxing with the baby and hopefully getting him awake enough to breastfeed! It's been a busy 24 hours, full of fresh hope for the future.

25 comments:

KJ said...

I am so glad you & little Kimble are in such capable hands. Wishing you strength & peace over the next little while. It is wonderful news about the breast feeding....how is the feeding going? He can only but get stronger & stronger with his Mama's milk inside him.
Hugs to you both
Kim
xxxxxx

Valerie said...

Oh Shaina! I am just so excited for you. The picture of you finally holding your little baby made me cry the moment I saw it. I didn't even read the comment for me to know what it was all about. You are so amazing. Keeping it together the way you are. You are soo blessed but little Kimble is even more blessed to have you as his mother. I love you!

runningfan said...

I'm so thrilled for you that breastfeeding is going to be possible! A dream come true! The pictures of you and Heath holding Kimble are priceless. Hang in there!

Colleen said...

Oh my goodness! It all sounds like it's going in the best possible direction right now, even if so much is a waiting game. I hope Kimble wakes a bit for you this weekend so he can nurse more, what a blessing! I am so happy for you, every time I read I get teary!

Jenni said...

What a fabulous day of progress!! So excited you could hold and feed him...such great news!!!

Erica Hettwer said...

Oh, that's such wonderful, happy news!!! :D

Adri said...

Oh, I'm so glad for all the good news! Moving forward is refreshing. Don't get mired down in the waiting that happens along the way. Hugs to you all!

Nicki said...

SO, SO, SO, SO happy for you guys getting to hold him. I'm sure that's just what he needed to through all of this. Hope you get to do a whole lot more of that!!! Lots of love!

Leah Killian said...

this is all such GOOD news!!!!!!

Alissa Maxwell said...

Oh amazing! I had tears reading that you were able to hold Kimble and then to find out that you are able to work toward nursing... such a blessing. Just the encouragement you need, I'm sure. Sending well wishes and more joyous surprises your way.

Burns Family said...

It sounds like you have doctors who understand your wishes. So glad you get to hold him and nurse him now. Exciting news about his procedure. We are continuing to pray for little Kimble, who by the way looks so sweet!!

Carol said...

What wonderful news for all of you!! So happy for you all to be able to hold him and now nurse him... just such wonderful news!!

linda said...

That is wonderful news. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. I am up in Fort Collins, and if you need anything please let us know. My boys are both patients at Children's hospital.

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

Good News! Great News! Sounds like a lot of answered prayers!
I'm so happy for that beautiful baby, and his family.

my4suns2 said...

Great news! It sounds like things are going well. Breastfeeding will be such a great connection for you. I just have to say how adorable he is.

Pam said...

I am so happy for you that you got to hold Kimble and will be able to nurse him soon. Sounds like great news all around. I will be praying for you all. He is precious.
Hugs to you and baby Kimble.
Pam

Megan said...

I'm so happy for you! Brings tears to my eyes hearing that you just barely got to hold him for the first time. And the good news you got sounds like such a blessing!

Trinette McCrary said...

Happy Day! You all are still in our thoughts and prayers. Miss you!

Nancy said...

Yay!!! I am so excited for you! I breastfed all of my babies and know what a special bond that is and how much you were hoping you would be able to :) You and your family will continue to be in my prayers!

Carolann said...

This post is wonderful! I'm so glad that everybody is doing so well under the circumstances. That Kimble is going to be a trooper!

Love Lorri said...

Prayers are with you, baby Kimble, the other kids and your hubby...your mom needs them to!

Sara said...

That first picture is intense. And I love the picture of you holding him finally - how tender. And what a blessing that he will be able to nurse. WOW. Getting that milk will be so good for him and his health. You are doing great Shaina - we love you and Heath and are so proud of you guys and your family. You are in our prayers daily, as is Kimble :)

amy said...

Oh dear Shaina, How wonderful and sweet! What great blessings you are sharing. THank you so much! It sounds like you are doing all you can to help that sweet Kimble do all he needs to be healthy and happy. My prayers are with you and your family.

dippyrooroo said...

That is one good looking little kid you've got! It's so great to hear that things are really looking well for him! It's great that you are sharing all of this with us! My heart is so full! We love you!

jacynta said...

God bless you :)