Carter was given a dose of serfacton, the lubricant to cover the lungs and help them inflate and deflate on their own without being sticky. He was also placed on a ventilator, however he pulled it out of his nose once he arrived at the hospital and the neonatalogist decided to see if would be okay without it and he was!!! He was on oxygen, feeding tube in his nose, and had an IV his is tiny foot. He was learning to suck a passy, and being fed 3ccs of milk every 3 hours. On day 2 he was put under the lights for his jaundice and had to wear little purple "sunglasses" to protect his eyes.
When I finally was at myself, I was surrounded by family and friends and Momma went over the list of people who had been by or called while I was still asleep. Apparently Chris called everyone under the moon about 5:00 in the morning to tell them the news of Carter being born and him transferred to the NICU in Nashville and all the details. I love hearing Kim's story of her phone call, it went something like this, but not exact I'm sure: Chris- Kim, Kelly has had the baby, she is in BG and the baby is in Nashville. Kim- DO what, it isn't time for the baby to get here yet!! Chris- I know, you need to get to the hospital now!! I am on my way to Nashville and Kelly is still in BG!!! Kim- okay I am on my way!!! Now what on earth his reasoning for demanding Kim to get to the hospital pronto was beyond me!!!! Anyway I was glad to see her!!
Chris bought a disposable camera while there and took pictures for me. He came back to see me the following day and to tell me how things were going and brought the pictures for me to see. My dad then went down with Chris to visit with Carter. I was discharged from the hospital 2 days later, and boy was that the longest 2 days of my life and the longest car ride to Nashville ever!!! My sister drove, who was 30 weeks pregnant as well, and my mom rode shotgun and I was in the back in major pain from all the bumps on the interstate. I remember saying to Susan, I think she missed a couple of potholes!!! We got lost going to the hospital (before GPS) Chris had already called 3-4 times wondering where we were. Finally I made it!!! And I could not wait to get to see my baby boy and for the 3 of us all to be together! He was so tiny, 3lbs 10oz and 16 inches long. As my daddy referred to him, he didn't weigh as much as a sack of sugar!!
|First time holding him!|
We were very fortunate to be able to stay in the Ronald McDonald House for the next 10 days. My mom stayed with us for the next 2 days. We were in Nashville for a total of 10 days. Carter was known as the little big man. He did so well!! In which I was/am so very blessed. We had lots of vistors and phone calls. After our stay at Nashville, Carter was transferred to the to the NICU at the Medical Center in Bowling Green, where he was born. We will be there for the next 3 weeks. I traveled to BG everyday for 3 weeks straight. Chris had to go back to work after we come home from Nashville, so he came everynight to see us. Finally on June 29, Carter was discharged from the hospital and our family was all together and we were going home!!!
Carter may have had a slow start in his life, but you sure can't tell it by looking at him now!!!! He is a very healthy 7 year old, rambunctious, outgoing little boy, who I love more than anything!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARTER LEE!!!!! And oh what a day it was on your BIRTHday!!!!
|10 weeks old, first Doctor's visit|
|12 weeks old, first professional pictures made by Susan Rea|
|First Christmas, and the photo on the card!|
|The day you became a big brother!|
|1st day of preschool|
|the end of the first day of preschool, you were wore out!!! fell asleep sitting up!!|
|1st day of Kindergarten|
|spring 2011 now you are a big boy!|
MORE PICTURES TO COME!!!!!!!
WE ARE OFF TO CELEBRATE~!!!!!