Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lucas Boyd Jensen is here!

Lucas Boyd Jensen
October 22, 2007
5lbs 8 oz
20 inches

So here is the story for those of you that haven't heard yet:


Tuesday night (the 16th of October) I took Joelle down to Kids Care because we thought she might have a UTI. Shortly after we got there I started having contractions, I had been having some off and on over the weekend, but they always went away. Well after the 2 hours of waiting at the Drs I went home. I called my midwife and she advised me to drink a ton of water and lie down, if they didn't slow down, I was to go to L&D. After an hour and a half of no improvement I drove myself over to the hospital.

I figured I would get all hooked up to the monitors and then they would stop. Well, that was NOT the case. The contractions continued to be very regular. So the nurses gave me a shot of tributalene (sp?), took a fetal fibronectin (sp?) test and checked me. The test came up positive (meaning I was likely to deliver due to preterm labor in the next 2 weeks) and I was already 4 cm dialted. This earned me a stay in the hospital on bed rest. A half hour later I got another Tributalene shot and a shot in the hip of Betamethazone (sp? this is the steroid to help accelerate lung development). After another shot of the Tributalene I started an oral drug I took every 6 hours the rest of the time I was there to try to stop the contractions.

It worked pretty well through Friday morning, when I started with another run of regular contractions, in spite of the pills. They stopped these with another round of the tributalene shots and some IV fluids. I had another round of regular contractions that night (I was checked at this point and was now dilated to 5), but they stopped those by upping a single dose of my oral medication (procardia).

Everything went fine until Sunday, when in the morning I started with some small, irregular contractions, but as the day progressed they continued to be more and more regular and caused more pain. By later that night, they were 3-5 minutes apart, so my nurse decided she needed to yet again check me. I was now dilated to 6, so it was no turning back, he was going to come no matter what we thought about it. I got my epidural and we waited for my midwife to arrive to break my water. By the time she arrived I was at 7 and within a half hour of breaking my water Lucas was here. We had a few little scares in between, as he had some decellerations in his heart rate during my contractions (it turned out he had the cord wrapped around his neck) and there was meconium in the fluid, but when he arrived he looked like a perfect little man! His apgars were 9 and 9, amazing since he was only just 34 weeks! He never really had any breathing problem (THANK YOU Betamethazone!!!).

They took him to the NICU based on his gestational age, and he only stayed there 12 hours (and he was just being observed the whole time). So the rest of the time in the hospital he stayed with me in my room. He is doing great with nursing and almost everything else. He will join us at home tomorrow. He is having some problems keeping his body temperature up and he is having some problems with jaundice. He is spending the afternoon and night tonight under the lights, and depending on how successful they are in lowering his levels, he will be home as early as in the morning, but should be atleast sometime tomorrow.

We can't wait for him to get here! I am so glad to be home with my family though, even if it is without my little baby. I have missed Jared and the kids so much! We were so lucky that my mom was able to come over the weekend so Jared could come stay with me in the evenings while I was on bed rest.



Well, sorry for that crazy novel!! I will post a few more pictures here below! Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern and their desire to help. We feel so blessed to have so many wonderful friends and a wonderful family.



32 comments:

~Stappsters~ said...

Wow and double WOW! Amazing!!! Julia says the one color photo looks like Pres. Hinkley!

Suzanne said...

OMG, and OMG, would you look at that precious little angel! and to think he went through so much. Awww, you make me really want another one now. You are blessed Chris. Thank God that all went well for you...I sure kept cking your blog in hopes that we'd hear something soon...and i'm glad it ALL ended with a good ending. Many hugs to ya!

Emilie Ahern said...

Oh Chris! He is perfect! I just adore him already!

That last picture made me weepy. What an amazing little gift from Heavenly Father! So glad it all turned out well, despite the rough joiurney at the end there. Let me know when I can come and see him and bring your family a dinner.

Andrea Amu said...

Congratulations! He's precious! So glad you two are doing well!

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

He is adorable!! So glad you are all doing well.

Stephen & Cindy Jensen Family said...

He is so beautiful! So glad to hear that you are both doing well. Wish we could see him! We love you guys.

bec said...

Congratulations! I loved seeing the whole blog, lots of great pictures. I can't wait to see the baby sometime.

Tannis said...

He is perfect!!! Oh he is so adorable!!! Congrats!!! :)
Tan

wintermoon said...

Congrats! He is så cute!

Peggy Severins said...

Oh my he is just gorgeous Chris, I am so happy to hear he is doing so well. Actually that you both are doing so well. Enjoy the little man.

~Nancy~ said...

Oh wow..he's so cute and perfect! Awww.. look at that tiny face.. awww! Congrats girl! XOXO

Dee Bibb said...

OH!!! He is sooooo adorable! I am sooo glad that you & he are doing well!

Alecia said...

What a precious baby boy!! Congrats to you and hubby and so glad that things worked out so well. We've missed you at Scrap Attack! HUGS my friend!!

Life with Boys said...

what a story. I'm so glad to hear he is doing so well. He's adorable.

Debbie said...

So cute Chris!!! Glad everything is going good!

Debbie (lpscrap)

Sandy said...

Oh Christine! He is beautiful. I have been praying for you every since Lauri posted you were on bed rest with preterm labor. I have been there twice and I know how scary it can be. Hugs to you, Jared, Lucas and the rest of the clan! Hugs girlie!

~Sandy~

Amy said...

oh Wow! I'd been wondering about you!!! He is absolutely beautiful (you can say that about a baby boy, right?) CONGRATS!! So glad that things turned out well!!

Amy/harpgirl said...

Chris! He is SO beautiful!!! So perfect! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

He is adorable! I am so glad you both are doing well. Keep the pics coming. I can never get enough of babies :)

cgriffith318 (CX)

melissa said...

Congrats! He is precious. Enjoy your new little guy.

Shop Girl said...

He is the cutest little addition to the Jensen bunch! Congrats Chris! You know I love ya! Glad he is here safe and sound. :D XOXO!

AmyG said...

Congrats!!! We were praying for you @ ScrapAttack!! Glad to hear everything is good....He's so beautiful!!

Becky Thalgott said...

Congratulations! It really does sound like you guys have been so blessed. I'm glad to hear he's so healthy and well and home now. He is beautiful! Take care and enjoy the little one!

Becky (mom2tyler from CX)

Kim Hughes said...

how wonderful Christine!
congrats...he's gorgeous.
huge hugs

Fink said...

He is just darling! He was just 2 ounces smaller than Taylor but she was full term! He sure is a nice length though. Glad everything went well!
Congrats again!

Marilyn/123grandma said...

Congrats to you and your family, Christine. He's a real cutie and I love his name. Glad to hear everything turned out well. Give him a hug for me.

Adrienne said...

He's precious, Chris! I'm glad to hear everything turned out ok after the scares. Did you pray for stronger faith or something? ;o)

Congrats from Adrienne (fancyrr) and "the other Lukas" :o)

The Fry's said...

Awe!!! Chris! Congrats... what an amazement that all went well, and praise the lord for that!

He's so precious Chris, can't wait to see more photos!

Lainey said...

He's so sweet Christine!!!

Anonymous said...

Chris!!! He is precious. What a blessing. I am so glad all is well and he will be home soon.
Hugs!
Mel :)
(Melissa Hatcher)

Aunt Marcia said...

Beautiful sweetie! I can't believe you have 4 red headed boys. That is a feat indeed. I think he looks like Liam. I remember you saying you wanted an early delivery--now you can enjoy the holidays with him. Marcia