Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Jonathan Daniel Gossett was born. He was 8 lbs, 2 oz and 18″. We are so overjoyed!
How you can pray for us:
- Pray that Jonathan would grow up to be a man who honors God with his life.
- Pray that Jonathan would pass his NICU tests with flying colors, free from all infectons and other reasons to keep him there.
- Pray that Jonathan would be able to come home with us Friday.
- Pray that Stephanie would recover quickly and would not have any complications.
- Pray that our stay at the hospital would be short, sweet, and would glorify God in our interactions with doctors, nurses, and other patients.
How you can help:
- Please pray for us. We covet your prayers.
- Our church is providing meals for the first few weeks as we adjust and Stephanie recovers. If you’d like to join them and you’re on The City (our online community), join the Care Team. If you’re not on The City, leave a comment and I’ll send you the email address of the girl involved.
- Again, pray for Jonathan’s health and our patience.
How you can visit:
Because Jonathan is in the NICU, we’re spending most of our time there. If you came to Norton Suburban, you could meet Stephanie’s parents, see our empty room or if you’re really lucky, run in to one of us. Jonathan is not allowed to leave the NICU, so he can’t have many visitors.
So, we’re going to have visiting hours at our home. Assuming we get to go home with Jonathan on Friday night, we’d like you to visit us during our visiting hours at our home. If Jonathan cannot come home on Friday night, we’ll update our blog to let you know the new visiting hours.
Visiting Times: this Monday – Wednesday from 10 AM- 6 PM.
When visiting, please provide the same courtesies you would at the hospital. They are:
- All adults 18 and older are welcome. Please no children.
- If you are feeling sick or have been sick in the last 24 hours, please abstain from visiting as Jonathan’s immune system is still developing.
- We’d love for you to meet Jonathan. But for his rest and ours, please limit your stay to 20 minutes.
- As always, please wash your hands.
Here’s the story:
Tuesday morning at 10 AM Stephanie’s water started to leak. I came home from the office and worked from home while she kept busy doing just about everything to stay active. She had mild, light contractions about 7 minutes apart. We called the doctor to check in and talk about what was going on. Nothing changed until 11 that night, after Stephanie’s parents arrived from Philadelphia. As we were crawling into bed, Stephanie started to have hard contractions that lasted about 90 seconds and were about 10 minutes apart. We tried to sleep as best we could, waking every few minutes to deal with the contractions and then trying to flop over to sleep for the next few moments. At 6 AM on Wednesday, after 7 hours of hard labor, we called our doula, Leah Morris, to join us. We continued to labor at home until 11:30am and then went to the hospital.
There, Stephanie’s contractions continued to be about 2 minutes long and 5 minutes apart. By 4 PM, after 17 hours of hard labor, we had only progressed 3 cm (for a total of 6 cm since we were already 3 cm at our last Doctors appointment). Stephanie was exhausted from having not slept since Monday night and couldn’t keep anything down (including water) since 9pm the night before, so she was probably dehydrated. Because of extreme fatigue and no food or water to help refuel, she was having a really hard time relaxing with the contractions and so they were hurting her more and more. (I am amazed at how hard she worked and for so long!)
After consulting with our nurse (who was well versed in and preferred natural childbirth), our doctor, and our team, we decided to get an epidural for Stephanie to be able to rest (and rehydrate from an IV). Soon after, the epidural was in and we were all able to regroup. After resting for a while, Stephanie had them turn off the epidural, about an hour or two before delivery, so that she could be back in business for the pushing stage. By 8:30, our doctor said we were ready and Stephanie started to push. Stephanie was so awesome. I will always rember how great she did and how hard she worked. Jonathan came out completely alert and excited. He cried so loud and healthily, but as soon as he was in Stephanie’s arms and she started talking to him, he stopped and muzzled her. It was awesome. Everyone in the room was overcome with joy, tears, and thankfulness for the baby.
While getting his vitals taken, his temperature registered at 104.3. Stephanie had begun a low grade fever as well shortly before delivery. This could be due to the prolonged time (36hrs) that her water was broken before the baby was born. It opens the uterus up to infection. So as a precautionary step, our pediatrician asked that he be taken to the NICU for testing and observation. We were disappointed but knew that infections can be fatal for infants. I stayed with Jonathan while Stephanie got cleaned up and moved to a new room. It was hard to watch my 30-minute old baby stuck with needles and hooked up to monitors. But at the same time, I was strangely thankful that we were in a place where he could receive such great care.
Since then, we’ve stayed with Jonathan around the clock, switching out so each other could rest or eat. We get to find out tonight, probably around 1 AM, if the 24 hour tests come back negative. If so, we will be able to go home late Friday or early Saturday. If not, there’s a chance he’ll have to stay for up to an additional 7 days to receive treatments.
We’ll keep you updated as things develop.
Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.