We just got back from seeing Lucas. He was in an isolette with a warmer. He was sound asleep. We talked to his nurse who helped to really put us at ease. She said that more than likely Lucas has "watery lungs" meaning there is still fluid in his lungs from birth since he was a c-section and didn't get the chance to have it squeezed out so to speak. She said that if he does have an infection they have already started IV antibiotics as a precautionary measure. They have sent off blood cultures that will be ready to read in 3 days. So, best case scenario, we will get to take Lucas home on Tuesday and worst case scenario it will be 7-10 days till he is able to come home. This could be so much worse so Eric and I know that we are blessed. It is just hard to leave your baby with others.
We did tell Lucas though that he didn't need to worry because while we could not be there with him all the time that God was with him in our absence. Who better to care for Lucas than the One who created him??
On Thursday, September 3, 2009 the most precious gift God has ever given to Eric and I arrived. Lucas Charles O'Neal was born at 2:51 pm. He weighed 8lbs 7 ozs and was 20 inches long. I must say that he is the most beautiful baby that I have ever seen!! God is so good to us!
I will post another time a little about our labor and delivery story, but first we need your prayers! Lucas' respiratory rate has been high today which is an indication that he may still have fluid on his lungs (which is common for babies born via c-section like Lucas was) or it can be an indication of infection and for an infant with no immune system this is not good.
Lucas has been transferred to the intermediate nursery which is a step down unit of the NICU. Let me just say that was the most emotional ride that I have ever been on. The doctors and nursing staff here at St. Vincents are fantastic and we have been very blessed to have such concerned nurses/doctors by our side. I don't mean to sound dramatic, but as a new (and evidently very hormonal) mom it was very hard to watch them put my precious son in this unit. My heart breaks for those parents who have to visit their babies up there for an extended period of time. They do not feel that Lucas will be there for long (praise God). We will be able to stay at the hospital for 2 more days and then we will discharge home, although it is highly likely that Lucas will still be in the hospital at this point.
Please pray for our little man!! God is so good and we are trusting him completely. We thank Him for the priviledge of being Luke's parents and we thank you for loving our son!!