It was a crazy Thursday on the one-week anniversary of the twins’ birth.
We found out this morning that Carson had a brief apnea spell last night—meaning that he stopped breathing. In the Special Care Nursery, his pulse and breathing are constantly monitored, and so when he stopped, the alarm went off and the nurse was able to get him breathing again with moderate stimulation. The nurses say that this can happen with preemies as their brains aren’t as fully mature as a full-term baby.
This was the first spell of apnea for either twin in almost a week. And it happened with both boys showing recent improvements and getting closer and closer to being discharged.
Daddy and Mommy are very thankful to God that this happened while Carson was still in the Special Care Nursery and the nurse was able to immediately attend to him.
This episode means that when Carson is sent home—and it could still be as soon as this weekend, or early next week—he will come with a take-home monitor that will track his breathing and heart rate when he’s sleeping and whenever we’re not attending directly to him. He could be on the home monitor a month or longer.
So this afternoon Mommy and Daddy and Grandma Peg went to Children’s Hospital (across the street from Abbott) for training for both the operation of the take-home monitor and infant CPR.
It was quite the day. In addition to the apnea report and the training, the boys were circumcised (on the 8th day!), Carson got his first bath (Coleman had his a few days ago), and Carson had the two best feeding sessions yet this afternoon and evening.
So we’re sobered, and yet encouraged and thankful. We’re profoundly grateful to God for his kindness toward us and Carson so far, and we feel all the more in need of trusting the God who is sovereign over all things and who knows what’s best for us more than we do.
Please pray for Carson, and for Coleman, in this important preemie days. We reminded ourselves today that their 38-week due date was July 22, and the original 40-week due date for Megan’s pregnancy was August 5!
And there were some good pictures on the one-week anniversary…