Well, I received a call from my brother last Saturday night (only 1 week ago) that he knew of a young couple who had been searching for a family to adopt their baby. The birthmother was open to talking to us. I spoke to her last Monday and we clicked. She chose us to be the parents!
Hayden Allan Woods was born Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:09pm. 5 lbs 4 oz and 17" long. He was immediately sent to another hospital to stay in the NICU. He was having breathing problems, not latching on and had low muscle tone.
I arrived in Illinois Wednesday night and was able to see him Thursday evening. He was so little and perfect. He was hooked up to all kinds of monitors, had a feeding tube and had an arterial IV in his belly button.
Brian and Nathan arrived late Friday night. Nathan isn't able to see the baby yet as the unit is closed to kids because of cold/flu season. He's been able to see him in real time video, though.
Discharge is unknown at this time. He has to be unable to regulate his body temperature, take in oral feedings and gain weight. Lots of testing is being done to determine what's causing the low muscle tone. All testing has come back normal do far. Brain MRI will be done on Tuesday (edited--it was done Monday and was normal except for a small hemorrhage that was the result of his traumatic birth. No structural problems). Genetic testing results won't be back for 4-6 weeks.
Since we only had 2 days to prepare for Hayden's arrival, his unexpected stay in the NICU, and a snag with the adoption paperwork, I will be staying in Illinois for at least 3 weeks. Brian and Nathan are returning to New Hampshire on Wednesday. We are facing a financial hardship because of my extended stay in Illinois. If you are felt led to help, it would be appreciated. We appreciate all the help we've received so far!
Prayers are always appreciated!!
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