October 26, 2008


Liam Jesse D.
Born 1pm, October 25th
7 lbs, 1 oz
19.5 inches

Jerri said it was okay to go ahead and share all the baby news with you all since it'll be awhile before she's up to using the computer. Pray for her as she's really struggling with her pain level. Apparently she can't have morphine so they are working on trying to get her something else that will help.

One of our other sisters did such a good job updating our family blog that I decided to just copy her post. Cheating, I know. Sorry.
"After Liam was born he was grunty, which means that he's having trouble breathing. It was not too serious at first and they wanted to give him a chance to get over the grunting on his own. Unfortunately this didn't happen. He was struggling too hard to breathe, so the doctors transferred him from Jerri's recovery room to the NICU. Liam was trying so hard to breathe that he apparently popped one of his lungs, which caused some air to leak into his chest cavity. Both of these things can resolve on their own without surgical intervention, but both of them can be serious as well. Anything with a newborn can be, of course.
The leaked air did resolve on its own by the time I went home last night at about 7:30pm. They didn't have to put in a chest tube or even use a needle to try to let the air escape to the outside. Praise God! The docs expect Liam to be on the ventilator with pressurized air (to help him breathe it forces the air in to his lungs) for 4-10 days. But as of yesterday it was just the fact that he was early and has immature lungs that put him into the NICU. At over 7 pounds he's a giant baby in there - his next door neighbor baby is only a pound and a half. They are treating him with two antibiotics and an antiviral medication 'just in case' because any infection of any kind at this point would be catastrophic and they want to err on the side of caution.
As of last night Jerri was in a lot of pain and waiting for a new kind of pain med to be sent up to see if it would make a difference. But her bleeding (which is usually a problem) is totally normal and hasn't been bad at all. Which is great!"
Thanks Jane-Holly for letting me steal your pics and your words! =0)

Liam in the NICU, poor baby!

I'll keep you all up to date on everything as I get word. Thanks again for all your prayers... keep 'em coming.


HomeJewel said...

He's gorgeous, Jerri, and what a nice size boy. That will definitely be a benefit to him as he is adjusting to the "outside" world.

Congratulations to you and your family. I'm so glad everything went well. You had so many medical issues that could have gone wrong, but obviously Someone was taking care of you :)

Martie said...

Praise the Lord. We are so happy for you. Praying that baby will get out of the NICU and you all will soon be home as a complete family!


Jenni said...

Wow, what a big baby! He is almost as big as my last one born 6 days late, praise the Lord! So glad to hear that everyone is stable and on the way to recovering. Jerri, you and babe will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Bless you in these coming weeks.

Homemanager said...

Your little man looks wonderful! 7 lbs! that's awesome! The Lord is so good...
I'm praying that your recovery will go smoothly and that Liam's lungs will recover quickly.
It is obvious that the Lord's hand is on his life. :-)
The picture looks very familiar :-)
You look tired but happy.
Blessings to You and your whole brood!

Sarah Schreffler said...

Thank you!

This sounds very similar to the problems my nephew had on birth that landed him in NICU. He was -not- a preemie, but his lungs were not fully developed for some reason. He was in NICU for nearly 6 weeks but with no averse affects that we can tell.

Baleboosteh said...

Oh what a precious little boy! Many congratulations to all your family. We will continue to pray for you both - especially that you will get relief from the pain very quickly. May the Lord strengthen you both every day.

Mrs. Darling said...

Dear Jerri,
Congrats on the new baby. God is good. What a sweet little gift. Im praying that you will be relieved of your pain soon.

Just a short intro here to who I am. I was taking a walk one day across the street from my house and saw the 11 year old boy of yours watering a grassy patch under the tree in the front. I asked him if he was homeschooled and he said he was. Then he told me mama was in the hospital having a baby.

I mentioned to a girl at the Reformed church in our town that I had met this little boy and that your family homeschools. Although she had never met you personally, she knew of your blog and directed me here. Now I cannot wait to get to know you better.

Its amazing how we live across the highway from each other and never even knew it. I homeschool too so I would love to get to know you when you get to feeling better.


Meg said...

I love, love, love his cheeks. What a manly little face he has! And so much hair! What do you do with baby hair?

Congrats, again. May this latest, littlest arrow be strong and healthy, may he bring much joy into your home.

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