Saturday, June 18, 2016

Noah Wolfgang Siebenhaar

Noah Wolfgang Siebenhaar was born June 5th, 2016 at 3:58 am. He was 5 pounds 8 ounces and 19.5 inches long. This was an exciting weight and length for a baby that was born 6 weeks early -- it gave us hope that he was healthy and strong being as early as he was. He was a complete trooper in the NICU. He never needed oxygen (thank you doc for the steroid shots given to me earlier in the week), blood sugar was on par, and he was regulating his body temperature like a champ. Basically, they just wanted to keep him in there for some time to monitor his progress and to ensure he was gaining weight, eating well, and getting rid of his tiny bit on jaundice that he had. 

I had to deliver in the operating room because the windows to the NICU were in the OR and they said they were going to have to hand him right over once he was delivered (much different labor experience being in the OR from seeing my sisters births of Luke -- not as relaxing). I had gone into the hospital the night before at 8:00pm and was admitted around 10:00pm to deliver my sweet babe. I got an epidural (most amazing thing i've ever gotten. I didn't feel it one bit) around 10:30pm, and before I knew it I was dilated to a 10 and being wheeled into the operating room. I remember feeling so incredibly good after the epidural. I could actually feel my contractions squeezing my stomach, but couldn't feel the pain. It was a weird feeling, but I was grateful I could no longer feel the pain. My doctor showed up at 3:00am and started me into labor. I was being prepped to push and began to push for baby around 3:30 -- he arrived just under 30 minutes later. He came out kicking and screaming (really good sign), so my doctor allowed me to hold him before handing him over to the NICU. I couldn't stop smiling that he was safely here and that his lungs were okay. 

Noah was in the NICU for 5 days, which was incredibly hard for me. I stayed in the hospital for three days, then stayed in the NICU parent room with Travis one night. We found out that he would be released Friday, June 10th and we were so excited. The NICU experience was hard, but good. They had us watch a bunch of videos before release (purple cry, CPR, car seat safety, etc..), had lactation specialists to help ensure I had a good latch and helped Noah through his first few feeds, occupational therapists that taught us a lot about holding him, burping him, etc.. I felt like we were going home as formally trained parents versus going home not knowing much if he would have gone full term. I mean, you are paying $11,000 a day to be in the NICU, they better give you a bunch of resources! (thank goodness for insurance!). We have had him home a few days now and are completely smitten with him. He sleeps for 3 hours at a time at night, wakes up to feed, then goes back down for three hours and it has not been as bad as I thought. He has developed and grown so much and we are so proud of his progress. I really don't know what life was like before him. We love our Noah bear and are so grateful for his sweet spirit in our home.

1 comment:

  1. I love this post so much! Noah is the cutest lil' baby nugget! I am so glad he is healthy and safe. You and Travis are crushing it in the parent's department :)