Tuesday, August 30, 2011

4 weeks old

Yesterday Carson turned 4 weeks old.  It was an exciting day in our household.  It was the first day I had both kids by myself and we had to get out to get Kaylee to her first day of preschool.  Of course it decided to rain too.  The rain was very welcomed, but did add an extra challenge to the morning.  We made it there on time with everything we needed...success :).

Kaylee had a great first day of school.  She just loves going to school and is so excited to be in the 3 year room this year.  It was very strange for me to drop her off and not stay to teach.  I had my big to do list when I got home.  Ha, then I realized by the time I got home and fed Carson did a few things, ate lunch, fed Carson again, it was time to go back to pick her up.  I guess I need to not make my list quite so long ;).

Carson had a second urology appointment yesterday along with everything else.  We didn't find out too much more about the kidney, but we do have an action plan to find out what exactly is causing the hydronephrosis (enlarged kidney) and what they need to do about it.  It was really hard to hear the doctor go through all the scenarios and options.  We will undergo a lasix renal scan mag-3 to find out the exact problem then we will take the best course of action from there.  Unfortunately all the options pretty much involve some form of surgery.  I feel like our poor little man can't catch a break.  Please pray that hopefully these results lead to the least invasive of the surgeries.  The lasix renal scan test will take place in a few weeks then we will go from there.

We have a cardiologist appointment for Carson tomorrow.  So far he is doing well and has not gone into congestive heart failure.  It is a scary waiting game.  Once he does he will go on medicine until he is big and strong enough to have the surgery.  We will be so happy to have this done with and his heart working properly.

We will  keep you posted.  As always we appreciate all the thoughts and prayers.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Our Little Man is 3 weeks old!!

Carson is three weeks old today.  I can't believe how fast the last three weeks have gone by.  On Saturday, August 20th, Carson got to come home!!  He is proving to everyone what a strong little man he is.  We were told that he might not get to come home until around his due date on September 7th and he continued to do everything he needed to and exceed all of our expectations.  We are so happy to have him home with us and Kaylee loves being a big sister to him.

On Sunday Carson had his first photo shot.  My good friend, Diana and her family came over to snap some newborn pictures of him.  We are so excited to get to see them. 

Tonight we gave Carson his first bath at home.  Kaylee got to help us and had lots of fun getting to pour water on Carson to keep him warm.  She just loves her brother to death...hope it stays this way.

This week we have several doctors appointments for Carson.  Please continue to pray for his heart and enlarged kidney.  We know we still have a long road ahead of us, but are happy to continue to see what a fighter little Carson is.  We have the most wonderful friends and family that have surrounded us with prayers, support, food, and love.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Our Little Miracle

Our precious little Carson is 11 days old today.  He has lead us on an adventure from the start and continues to do so. 

Sunday evening (July 31st) my contractions continued to get stronger and at a pretty regular pace.  We decided that we should probably get some bags packed and line up childcare for Kaylee just in case.  We arrived at the hospital around 1:30 am, Monday morning (August 1st) and got to a room close to 2am.  The nurses checked me and I was dilated to almost 6cm!!  Total shock to all of us.  Needless to say my fetal fibronectin test taken on Friday (that was negative by the way) was wrong.  They called the doctor to come in for an emergency C-section.  At this point I can't even tell you the emotions that were going through Charles and I.  I think the best way to describe it all is complete shock.  I was only 34 weeks 5 days,  he wasn't ready.  As they prepped me for surgery, I don't think I have ever been so scared.  At 3:45 am I heard one of the best sounds a new mother can ever hear; the sound of our son crying.

Carson Thomas Koch was born on August 1, 2011 at 3:45am.  He weighed 5lbs 1oz and was 18 inches long.

The First Week:

Monday was the longest day of my life.  Keep in mind we haven't slept at all from the night before.  Carson was immediately placed in the NICU.  He was on oxygen and was given a feeding tube.  We are blessed that the hospitals are able to do so much for these little angels.
Tuesday he was put on a C-Pap to help his breathing.  It was really hard to see him like this.  We felt like it was a set back for him.

Wednesday the C-Pap was taken off after 24 hours and we was able to breath on his own without any oxygen. 

Thursday I was scheduled to go home, but my blood pressure decided to spike and they kept me in another day.  I was glad to be in the hospital when this happened.

Friday I was finally able to go home.  Glad to be home and to be with Kaylee, sad to leave without Carson.

Since the first week we have been making trips back and forth to the hospital trying to juggle everything.  It is amazing what good care the NICU is able to give our sweet Carson.  He is currently off of everything, but a feeding tube.  The goal now is to get him to be able to drink/ nurse 6-8 times a day.  He also has to finish his feedings in 30mins.  He has been doing really well the last few days and we continue to pray for strength for our little man. 

I will post some pictures as soon as I learn how ;)