We were living in Missouri right across the street from my parents and a house away from my Gragran.
Jackson and Tyson were both admitted into the NICU (Newborn ICU) after their births for unrelated problems, so I was a little nervous about my upcoming experience. I called the local hospitals to investigate their medical capabilities. I called one from a nearby town and asked them if they had a NICU there just in case the need arose. The nurse said she wasn't sure and then yelled out to the other nurses with the thickest country twang, "Hey! We got a NICU here?"
In shock I said, "You don't know if you have a NICU or not?" She said she thought they didn't, but she wasn't sure what a NICU was. I explained to her what it was, thanked her, and hung up the phone with a firm decision that we would be driving all the way to Springfield (a bigger city an hour away) for our delivery.
The DeliverySince my first two childbirths became high-risk, I couldn't give birth to them without an epidural, so I was determined to deliver baby Jordan without any drugs. I did fantastic... for a while! I was so calm and did my breathing so well that the nurses even thought that I was asleep during my heaviest contractions.
For several hours I worked hard relaxing my body through the contractions. However, I hadn't been properly trained on what happens at the "transition" period- which is right as the baby is about to come out- so I panicked when my entire body began to tremble uncontrollably. I called for the epidural.
The doctor came and put the needle in my back WHILE I was sitting up getting ready to push baby Jordan out!!
I turned to him and said, "Maybe I don't need it now!"
He responded, "It's too late; I'm here now!"
I didn't have the energy to debate the issue with him. Baby Jordan was on his way out for goodness sakes... but OH MY GOSH that was the wrong time to have to sit still and have a giant needle placed in my back! Less than 10 minutes later, baby Jordan was born. The epidural only had time to take the edge off the pain of only one side of my body... and I got numb AFTER he came. Not cool!
Our doctor was amazing though! We had laughed about his quirky ways; but when it came time to deliver, he was the best we'd ever seen in action.
Jordan was placed on my chest and was as cute and healthy as can be. I nursed him and cuddled him all through the night.
My mom came to the hospital with Jackson and Tyson. They looked so adorable.... but Jackson's pants were high waters and Tyson's pants were dragging on the floor. I had set out clothes for them to wear. Jackson was wearing Tyson's clothes and Tyson was wearing Jackson's clothes... that's what happens when mom is busy having a baby. :-)
On one of the nurse's routine check-ups, they took Jordan away. I anxiously waited for his return, but they never brought him back. Finally, I asked one of the nurses where my baby was.
Ever so casually, she said, "Oh he's in the NICU. He was having trouble breathing."
The Human Side of the NICU"What?" I exclaimed. "When were you going to tell me?" I immediately got up to go check on him. They discouraged me from leaving my room, but I had already been through this with two other babies. I knew my baby Jordan needed me. I went to the window and looked in on my baby in the NICU. After some time, the NICU doctor finally came out. I told the doctor I needed to hold my baby. In a very professional tone she said I could in a while. I had already waited "a while" when they put him in the NICU without informing me!
Having spent weeks and months in the hospital at Primary Children's Hospital in Utah with both Jackson and Tyson as newborns, I was well-educated on what my struggling child needed. I very firmly expressed to the doctor that she was forgetting the human side of this situation, and that I needed to see and touch my baby right then.... I explained to her the need for my struggling baby to have his mother's touch.
She let me in.
My poor baby Jordan had developed pneumonia from aspirating fluid at birth. It took almost 24 hours for the pneumonia to fully develop in his lungs, and his breathing was quite rapid.
Ronald McDonald House
Bragging about Jordan
(I apologize for the bragging you are about to read, but I want my sweet little Jordan to always remember how amazing he is!)
*Jordan LOVES to dance. During the Nauvoo Pageant that year, Jordan danced so vigorously that he fell off the stage during the show! The man playing Parley P. Pratt, picked him right up and placed Jordan on his shoulders. Jordan then pulled the actor's hat down over his eyes! He's a ham for sure!!
*Jordan is his own man. There might be 30 kids all choosing their favorite flavor of ice cream, but Jordan isn't afraid to say he likes a different flavor.
*Jordan gives the most gigantic hugs in the world. Sometimes I have to tell him to take them down a notch because he comes running at us for his hug with such great force.