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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My first born

I thought I would start off this new blog writing about my baby boy, Ethan Andrew! It blows my mind to think that he just turned 4, wow! Everyone has always said time flies by fast, I never fully understood that until now. He has been such a blessing to us, and yes, he is somewhat spoiled, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

Ramon and I were going to specialists and fertility doctors after having several miscarriages. They finally told us that we would never have children. So, we decided to look into possible adoption. Just as we were getting used to the thought of not having babies, IT happened! I tried not getting too excited, due to the outcomes of the others. But, the thought of eating everything I wanted and not having to worry about the weight gain was a nice feeling. Then, it started-morning sickness, and it never ended! It was horrible, because if it had a smell, it made me sick. Even the smell of my husband made me hug the toilet! There was a time that I had my pillow and blanket on the bathroom floor.

My doctors gave me medicine that was supposed to stop the nausea (Phenergan), but it never worked. After trying everything anyone suggested: ginger ale, ginger snaps, crackers on my nightstand, sprite, the "brat diet" (which consists of bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast) they admitted me into the hospital for the second time, and that is when home health started. I began Zofran (in a pump on my leg) that I had to change out, lets just say it wasn't fun. But, it WORKED! After losing 30lbs, I was able to eat and be happy. It was a good couple months until I started swelling up and having high blood pressure. Then, back to the hospital- I was told I would be there until the baby was born, because of the high risk factor. I was only there a few days when the headaches got worse. I was crying on the nurses shoulder when Dr. K walked in to check on me. He said "I'll be back in 30 minutes and we're taking the baby." WHAT! I was alone! So the nurse called Ramon, and he called everyone else.

I will never forget the cute anesthesiologist walking in to talk to us about the "options." He said that he can put me to sleep during the c-section or I can have a spinal and stay awake. If I decided to have the spinal, I would probably have a stroke! What kind of options are those?!

What a scary day.

I will never forget waking up after they gave me magnesium. It is given to stop seizures, but at the same time it shuts down the nervous system. So, I had to have a machine remind me to breathe!

My precious little boy was born at 6pm (2lbs, 8oz 13in long @ 30 weeks) and I finally got to see him at midnight. I kept asking the nurses if they were sure he was mine! He had a lot of dark curly hair, and I was sure that something that dark couldn't have come out of me! It was scary seeing a baby that tiny and fragile, but a reminder of how mighty our GOD really is! How can anyone see this miracle of life and not believe in Him! Thank you, Jesus, for letting Ethan be our son.

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