It's been a week since baby Jacob Aaron was born and what a week it has been! For the weekend and the beginning of this week, he did fantastic. They took him off his ventilator and only had him on nasal prongs, pretty amazing for a 27 weeker. He started taking feedings really well and just seemed determined to get big and strong really quickly. Unfortunately, Wednesday and Thursday, things went downhill a bit. He stopped taking feedings, started having episodes where his heart rate would dramatically drop, his right lung decided it wanted to deflate a bit, resulting in him being put back on the oscillator (a bit more intense than a regular ventilator), plus he has to have a PICC line catheter put into him for his nutrition, which after 4 attempts at, the doctors haven't been able to get in. Now they have to cut open Jacob's arm and vein in order to snake the catheter in. It's all been quite traumatic, stressful, emotional, and every other bad word in the book.
Aaron and I are hanging in there, just as our little guy is. We've been placed in the local Ronald McDonald house for the duration of Jacob's stay, which is fantastic and hard at the same time. We aren't at home, with our friends, dog, and normal life,but rather living out of suitcases three hours away, while our baby boy fights to get bigger. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers, we definitely need it right now.
As we have established somewhat of a routine, I should be getting back into posting reviews this weekend or early next week. I have lots of publishers waiting for book reviews of their titles, not to mention readers that want A Patchwork of Books back to normal. Believe me, I do too! I'll still post periodic baby updates, as you've all seemed to show an interest in how Jacob is doing. I'm also including a few more pictures for you all to see. Thanks again for all your support!