Of course I am going to post some more recent pictures of Jesse but I thought it would be good to give everyone a few more details about Jesse’s entrance into this world and his progress since. As you could probably tell from the pictures, Jesse did not have easy start! We began to suspect there might be a problem at the beginning of delivery. Just when Shannon started pushing our nurse noticed meconium and called in a backup crew. What is meconium? Meconium is the first few sticky, dark, green type stools of an infant right after they are born. Sometimes when a baby is under stress, instead of waiting until after birth they will have their first stool inside the amniotic fluid. While this isn’t always a huge problem, if it happens during labor and the stool gets deep into the child’s system, specifically the lungs, there can be major issues. When Jesse came out pale and limp it was clear that there he indeed was affected, significantly. Everything that happened after that is a blur. I remember bits and pieces, Shannon remembers even less. I do remember that after they doctors did CPR on Jesse for about a minute and a half, they sat him up and he screamed his first cry right into my face! Best cry ever!
After letting Shannon give him a big kiss, Jesse got rushed off to the intensive care unit for babies. The first 8-12 hours after his birth were still a bit scary. You guys saw some of the picture during that time. He had all kinds of wires and medical gizmos hooked up: an oxygen container over his head,an IV for food and antibiotics, and a set of wires to monitor his vitals. But, even during that time and especially into the next three days, Jesse continued to get better and better and better. In order to make sure he would have any foreseeable short term of long term issues, Jesse got about every test you could imagine–a heart echo, an MRI, a brain scan, a reflux test, other tests I don’t remember–and every single result, thanks be to God, came back healthy.
I know that many people don’t know all the obstacles little Jesse’s has faced trying to enter this world, but honestly this kid has beaten the odds at every turn. He overcame our infertility issues at his conception, he overcame a small problem with his umbilical cord which was misdiagnosed as minor and actually was very serious during the pregnancy and delivery, and he overcame all the potential issues he could have had at his birth. Right now, even as I am writing this, Jesse is reminding me that he is a completely healthy little boy – red-faced and wailing! He is doing almost a little too well and I am not exaggerating here. At one week of life, when he was seven days old, we put this kid on his stomach and he flipped over onto his back. Not just once, but 3 times in a row! What????
We are so unbelievably grateful for this little guy! Thank you Father for our son Jesse!