Friday, September 26, 2014

Oaks' first hospital stay:(

It was a Saturday morning and we were getting ready to leave on a week long trip to NE for homecoming and to hang with family. Mike noticed Oakley feeling a little warm, but we didn't think to much of it. We just figured he had been swaddled and held for awhile which brought his body temp up. We decided to check his temp just to make sure and it was 102 axillary. I decided to call the on-call nurse to make sure everything was ok and decide what to do. She said if it's over 100.4 than it is treated very seriously. She had me check his temp rectally (most accurate with newborns) and it was 102.7. She said to go straight to the ER as fevers is newborns can be quite scary. (Oaks was about 4.5 weeks old)

This day was just a blurr....we jumped in the car as soon as we could get a few things together. We got checked in at the ER and they took us straight back and started checking Oakley out. His temperature was 99.9 when we got there. The ER Dr. explained to us how dangerous fevers in newborns under 3 months can be because they can't localize infection and can become septic quickly. It's important to determine the cause of the fever quickly and not just cover up the symptoms with tylenol. We definitely felt pretty ignorant with all this and learned a lot along the way. 

We spent the day from about 9-5 in the ER. They started an IV and started the process of doing a full septic work-up. This included blood cultures, urine and stool samples, chest x-rays, and a lumbar puncture. This was definitely a lot for me to handle. I thought seeing your little one go through monthly shots was hard, ugh! His initial urine came back with some sort of bacterial infection and chest x-ray showed a possible occlusion. The Dr. gave us the option for the lumbar puncture, and we decided it would be best to have it done incase it was something more serious that needed to be acted on quickly. His fever had fluctuated throughout the day and then around 4 climbed back up to 102.8. The Dr. then thought it would be best to be admitted to the hospital to monitor the fever and treat with antibiotics since bacterial infections can be so serious with newborns. Tyler (my brother-in-law's) sister Cherissa showed up to check up on us right after I watched him get the lumbar puncture. This couldn't have been better timing for a hug:) Then my boss' wife Michelle showed up and they took Sloane to play and she hung out with us for the evening. This was such a blessing...she is a PA and was nice enough to explain everything to us. I know bones and muscles but all this was beyond me:)

We ended up staying 5 days in the hospital with the little guy. It was a long 5 days with his temp climbing through the first 3 nights...sleep was not possible for either of us switching out cold washcloths and no blankets due to the fever along with feedings. My sister and mom were so helpful...definitely feel blessed that they were willing to drop everything to help us out. My mom kept Sloane and kept everything going so we could be at the hospital with Oaks. We found out the 48 hr blood, urine, stool cultures came back negative along with the CSF sample. He was on antibiotics the duration of the stay through IVs as a precaution but the Dr. thought it turned out to be viral. The final 2 days he maintained a normal temp and we were then able to go home. 

This was such a scary time for us all. Oakley was such a little trooper through this time. We are so thankful for all the prayers and encouragement. So thankful God took care of our little man!:)
Long day in the ER 

Poor little guy feeling just miserable:( 

Tiny little patient 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Oakley John: 1 Month

Oakley's first month has been great. We've just been trying to figure this little guy out. He loves being held and sang to. He rolled over tummy to back at 3 weeks (same as big sis). He hasn't quite hit his growth spurt but Dr. thinks it's coming soon. Big sis is not sure what to think of this little man, but she is slowly warming up to him and is getting quite protective of him:) We are loving getting to know the newest little Swanson:)

Loving the wrap

Got to celebrate Gma Kelly's birthday just 2 days after Oaks'

Loving baths

Loving walks outside
First husker football Saturday

Friday, September 5, 2014

Newborn photo shoot

We had to go back to the field to see if we could get one of the little guy there:)

It took awhile to get him to chill for a pic. You could see the little guy say fine take your pic and gave us about 30 seconds to capture priceless! 

My sister took these amazing pics! Always an adventure with a little one but I just loved how they turned out...definitely got some unique newborn pics!:)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oakley John Swanson is here!

The story of Oakley John...

I had a great pregnancy...I gained less weight than Sloane, had less swelling, and lower BP. This was such a huge blessing. I had found out that I was going to be induced on Monday August 11th (39 weeks) if I hadn't gone on my own due to baby getting bigger. At this point I was 3 cm and 30% effaced and had been for 2 weeks. I finished out my final day of work on the Friday before. I had tried walking, squatting, using the exercise ball and nothing happened. I finally came to terms that I would most likely be induced, and we were able to just rest and enjoy the weekend.  

My mom came on Sunday night and we were able to just relax and talk. I was so anxious this time around. With the first baby, it's so exciting and also nice because you have no idea what to expect as far as labor goes. Second time around, you most definitely know what's coming and it's terrifying. It gave Mike and I a chance to grow closer by praying and trusting that God's got in all in his hands.
We left for the hospital at about 5 a.m. My mom spent the night at our house to be there when Sloane woke up. It was so nice to know she was in good hands. We got to the hospital checked in and filled out paperwork and headed to our room. 

The nurse got the monitors hooked up and started the IV. I was checked and was at 4cm (this was a huge relief to be progressed that far...I started at a fingertip with Sloane). We started watching 19 kids and counting (we're addicted to this show lately) and just waited for awhile. At about 8 a.m. the nurse came in and started the pitocin. 

The first few rounds of pitocin were tolerable, and I was able to walk/ do some squatting.  Mike laughed at me, but I was determined to get things going. At about 11 a.m. the anesthesiologist came in and did the epidural. Then they cranked up the pit...and Dr. came in and broke my water I was at 6cm. Mike managed to talk sports/football to the anesthesiologist the whole time which was a little entertaining/alarming, haha. 

I did have a reaction to the epidural shortly after. My BP tanked and I was sure I was going to pass out....such a strange feeling! The nurse was able to bring it back up with meds. At this point though, I knew I needed my mom there...she always has all the answers and knows exactly what to do:) 

From this point on, I kept progressing each hour and was at 10cm by 2 p.m. My sister got there in time for delivery as well, which is why we have such great pictures to remember this special moment. We welcomed adorable Oakley John at 2:44p.m. He was 8lbs and 19in....I think everyones jaws dropped when we saw him. He was so big!! This was such an unbelievable moment. Truly a gift from the Lord!! 

Ready to leave for the hospital at 5 a.m.

Ready to meet the boy!
Hospital selfie...haha

Such an unforgettable moment!

8lbs and 19in
Dr. Sarver

We ended up having the nurse who gave us a tour the week earlier. I had told Mike that I hoped I got her for delivery. Such a blessing! 

Meant so much to have my mom and sister there!
Under the warmer
Footprint on a baseball 

Big sister Sloane meeting baby Oakley!

Meeting Uncle Ty and cousins:) 

Meagan made an awesome sign for our door!

Very bored and ready to go home at this point:)