Friday, May 11, 2012

Off oxygen!

My littlest man is off oxygen except when riding in his carseat! It is so amazing being able to pick him up and not feel like we are on a leash. He also has gained 8 ounces in the last three days :)
The past 2 weeks have had some very hard trials where moment by moment has required complete reliance on Gods strength. He has been so gracious with us and sustained us. He has also blessed us incredibly through others. It is amazing how God orchestrated the timing of my parents coming in and my birth. My parents got here 4 hours after Gabric was born and my mom ( who is also the best midwife in the world) took one look at him and said we needed to take him to the hospital. Not five minutes later we were out the door. For the next five days I didn't leave the hospital. My parents loved on my babies, fed them, played with, took them on hikes, and my mama even slept with Hadassah to keep her leg braces on. While I was an emotional wreck wanting to be with my littles, I never had a single worry about them and knew they were blissful.
While we were at the hospital our church family came and prayed over Gabric, brought us food and supported us.  Through the worries and unknowns they shared wisdom they had gained through their own difficult times.  While we were in the hospital Gabric stopped breathing three different times and turned blue.  It was very scary.  It made it hard for me to go down the hall to take a nap in our room.  I had to remember that is was God in control and protecting him.  Our room was another huge blessing.  When we got to the hospital (remember I had just had a baby), the hospital had a room in labor and delivery that had broken moniters - they let us stay in it and then actually let us keep the room the whole 5 days which is apparently unheard of.   Isn't God amazing!  I unfortunately had three migraines while in the hospital and I was able to stumble down the hall crawl into bed and sleep for a few hours while I gained my bearings so I could go back.  The nurses were great and so supportive and we had a great pediatrician.  The doctor was good enough for me to consider switching my kids over and I am SUPER picky about pediatricians. 
At one point they were going to let us take Gabric home and then he failed a car seat test.  We prayed while they were setting up us going home that God would prevent it if wasn't the right time and that we would be able to go home despite hospital red tape if we were supposed to go home.  Well when he failed the carseat test I was feeling a little frustrated because the doctor was saying to give us a waiver and the hospital policies were keeping them from releasing us.  God was just answering our prayers because just a couple hours later Gabric stopped breathing.  If we had been home he could have died because the nurses had to bag him to get him breathing again.  He had a Cat-scan the next day because of that incident and they found that he has nodules (like cysts) that are in both of his nasal passages.  It is very rare and usually resolves itself but makes it difficult to impossible for a baby to breathe.  The doctors are hoping that they will absorb by themselves which is likely.  Right now he has steroid drops every 12 hours put in his nose to make everything shrink and open his passageways.   Thank you so much for everyone that is praying for us! 
Off Oxygen!


Kimberly said...

Courtney, so glad he is doing better! What a wonderful story of God's provision and faithfulness throughout the storms of the past two weeks! He'll remain in our prayers! Love,Kimberly

Rebecca C. Fowler said...

Wow Court, what a story! I am so thankful Gabric is okay now. He is so precious & you all look radiant!

Thank you for updating us <3

Evans Family said...

God never ceases to amaze me. Especially in your family. I am so happy to hear that he is geting better and growing by leaps and bounds. The Lord is definatly heaping his blessings and love you guys. And what a handsome little guy. And I agree with Rebecca, you two look amazing!!

Zee said...

Courtney, I love reading your blog, especially in the light that you put your struggles, as well as your praises. Even in the midst of turmoil you have kept your focus on God. He is always present, always with us, and always good - even when things don't go as we would like. I am blessed by you, and I love you! Mama

2010Aimee said...


I love reading your blogs. You are very real w/ all your struggles and at the same time praising God and giving HIM all the glory!

Hope you had a very Happy Mother's Day.

After Gabric was born this verse came to my mind for you - Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3

Continuing to praying for you and your family!