Jaxon in the NICU
Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 2:18 p.m. Jaxon James was born. He came into the world screaming his head off, and according to his daddy and his baby nurse there is no need for a baby monitor for this little guy and his healthy lungs!!! He had great apgar scores (8 & 9) but as he was being taken up to the nursery he started breathing fast. His respiration would vary between normal and fast most of the day and because of this, he was kept in the nursery and not allowed to come to the room with us. At about 9 pm they decided to send him to the NICU to be monitored.
At 5 a.m. the next morning I was told I could go visit Jax, so I headed over and finally got to hold him. For the most part he did pretty well over night with only a couple episodes of fast respiration. He was kept in the NICU til about 3 pm when he was finally allowed to come hang out in our room.
He was doing great, with no other signs of distress and spent that night in the regular nursery. He did have two episodes of fast resps, but he calmed down pretty quick and the peds felt it was just transitional from birth. Of course, he was given a few tests along the way because a heart murmur was also detected, so he had an ultrasound and an echo, which showed a tiny hole between his ventricles. The peds assured us that this had nothing to do with his breathing and was basically a non-issue. The hole would most likely repair itself, but even if it didn't it was so tiny that it wouldn't be an issue as Jaxon grows. We will follow up with a pediatric cardiologist in a few months just to make sure.
Big sister, Cassidy, is not all that impressed with her new baby brother. She wanted MOMMY!! She does say "baby" and will lay her head near him and saw "Awwww", but other than that, she doesn't bother. Although she is very much interested in the bouncy seat and swing, and likes putting stuffed animals in them.
Zac is enjoying his new "Bro". He's been a big help, whether it's getting things or keeping his little sister entertained.
Proud daddy, is hoping maybe this little guy will be a fan of one of his teams, although between the Pirates and the Dolphins, those are some slim pickings! We were informed that Jaxon shares his birthday with Sidney Crosby, so I'm thinking that means he'll be a Pens fan!
We are happy to be home and getting settled in. Cassidy is thrilled Mommy is home. Tomorrow we have to take Jax to the lab and get his heel pricked because he appears a bit jaundice, EVEN THO his blood levels are in the normal range, they just want to keep a close eye on that. After a couple days of sleepiness in the hospital, now that we are home he's eating every two hours (instead of the 3-4 at the hospital).