S: Peyton Bryce Russell 6-30-2009
FC: Peyton Bryce Russell 6-30-2009 8:31am 5 lbs 7.5 oz - 18inches
1: We were a happy family of 3. Brayden brought so much joy into our lives, but as soon as we learned that you were on the way - we felt that something was missing! We couldn't wait to become a family of four! We couldn't wait to see who you would be!
2: We found out in November of 2008 that we | were going to have a baby!!! We were so excited! | Your expected arrival date was July 31st, 2009 | Your big brother Brayden was thrilled to hear the news!
3: We decided to announce our big news on Christmas Day | Everyone was so excited and they couldn't wait to meet you!
4: You were growing & growing..and Mommy kept getting bigger & bigger!
7: Mommy's co-workers at the Comporium office on Cherry Rd threw you a nice baby shower on May 22nd, 2009. You got lots of great gifts. | We decided not to find out if you were a boy or a girl. We wanted it to be a surprise in the delivery room. We couldn't wait to find out who you were.!
8: May & June were busy months, we sold our house, moved into a new one, went to the beach , took a tour of the hospital. & Mommy & Daddy celebrated our 11th anniversary!
9: Brayden did a Big-Brother tour of the hospital & even helped Dr. Ghourly at one of Mommy's appointments
10: When Mommy went for a regular check-up on 6/16 her blood pressure was up to 150/90. I was written out of work and put on bed-rest on 6/22. I was put into the hospital on 6/26 and they talked about delivering you that day. But they stabilized me and decided to try to get me to 37 weeks before they delivered you. I spent 4 days in the CMC OBGyn High Risk Unit. Dad stayed with me, but decided to go home on Monday, 6/29. He went back to Lancaster that afternoon. I had to call him at 1:00am on Tuesday 6/30 to tell him I was in labor and he needed to come back. | Things got scary very quickly for us. We really had no idea what was ahead or how much the Lord was watching over us. We fully expected to have a very normal delivery...but your arrival was far from normal!
11: Going Stir Crazy - just waiting.... | Last Belly Picture | Reading Harry Potter
12: You arrived via emergency C-section at 8:31am on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
13: The doctor's made the decision to get you out fast - and in so doing, saved your life. Your APGAR score at 1 minute was only a 1. You weren't breathing, but they did not have to give you compressions. They gave you air and worked to stabilize you before transferring you to the NICU. Mommy was unconscious and they would not let Daddy in for the surgery. He went down to the NICU about an hour 1/2 after you were born to take these first pictures of you. He brought the pictures back to show Mommy while she was recovering the next day. It was more than 24 hours before Mommy met you in person!
14: Meanwhile..... everyone was waiting patiently....
15: First introductions had to be made by camera at first. Daddy came in and told Big Brother it was a boy and he got to tell everyone else.
16: These are the first pictures Dad took of you in the NICU
17: and brought back upstairs to show me in the ICU so I could see what you looked like.....
18: The doctors began piecing together what went wrong during the delivery and after you were born. Mommy's pre-ecplampsia turned into a serious condition called HELLP Syndrome (stands for hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, & low platelets). It can be deadly to both mother and baby. The only cure is to deliver the baby - otherwise both will most likely die. Mommy also had a placental abruption - where the placenta pulled away from the uterine wall. This may be what caused the labor to start. Mommy was bleeding on the inside which made it very dangerous for you! | Mommy's blood pressure was spiking as high as 210/120 right before the delivery. Your heartbeat kept dropping lower and lower and it was becoming obvious you were in distress. Mommy was throwing up purple and right before the c-section started seeing flashing lights (evidence of HELLP), and felt extreme pressure in her head - almost like it was about to explode off her body. It was later determined that Mommy suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at some point - probably around this point in the delivery. | The doctors made the decision that things were getting bad and they needed to get you out.. They had you out within 10 minutes of deciding to do the c-section. Daddy was waiting all alone in a waiting room for over an hour to find out the outcome. When Dr. Pixley came to tell him the news, he had a terrible look on his face - and it scared Daddy that either you or Mommy did not make it. He was so relieved to hear that his look was from shock of how bad things had gotten - but that everyone was doing ok. At this point Daddy went to the waiting room to tell our families that you were here and what all had happened.
19: A very sweet nurse from the NICU brought you up to the ICU to meet Mommy for the 1st time on Wed. afternoon, 7/1/09. Mommy was so happy to finally see her beautiful boy!
20: Mommy was moved to a regular room on Thursday 7/2/09 and after she was given 2 units of blood by transfusion, she made her 1st trip down to the NICU to visit you.
22: You didn't get to have very many visitors in the NICU - Nana & Papaw, Mama, and Aunt Dana were the only people who got to go back to see you. before you were released. | Brayden was so excited to see you, but since the hospital was worried about the H1N1 flu, no kids were allowed in the NICU - he had to wait until you were released.....
23: Your lungs and breathing were doing great. The main thing you were still having trouble with was eating. You didn't have the whole "suck, swallow, breathe" thing down quite yet. But after about a week, you were eating much better so they decided to move you to the NPCN (neonatal progressive care nursery) to prepare for going home!
24: At the beginning of your stay in the NICU, they kept sticking you again and again for iv's. After a couple days they decided to put a PCVC line in your leg to reduce the number of sticks you had to endure. | When they decided to move you to the NPCN, they went to remove the line and it wouldn't come out. They tugged and pulled, but were afraid it would break off and retract up into your leg. They said you would need surgery to remove it. We were so scared!
25: The surgeon put you under anesthesia and gave the line a harder tug and it came right out. It was a long scary couple hours in the waiting room - you were so little - not knowing how you were doing. We were so thankful that God brought you through the surgery safely!
26: The wonderful staff at CMC allowed us to stay in one of the Parent rooms in the NICU after I was discharged for the last 4 nights until you were dis- | charged too, so that we wouldn't have to get a hotel room. We were so grateful!!!
27: We scrubbed up and donned our yellow robes before every visit into the NICU to see you.... | they were very fashionable, and very hot!!!
29: Finally Time To Go Home!!!!
31: Finally, 2 weeks after you were born, your proud big brother Brayden - who had been waiting so patiently, was able to meet you! | He was all smiles!!! He didn't show the slightest bit of jealousy throughout the whole ordeal. He was a wonderful big brother!
32: We had your crib and changing table put up, but that was about all. Aunt Dana had to go through tubs of clothes to wash and get ready for you. | We didn't even have your nursery ready for you. Since we had only moved in 2 weeks before your arrival - Aunt Dana and Mama worked to get things straightened up while we were in the hospital.
33: It was such a relief to finally be home. We were so glad our sweet boy wasn't hooked up to anymore machines.
34: Aunt Dana stayed with us to help us get settled for a couple days after you were born. She was a big help!
35: Everyone had waited so long to meet you - you were the new star!
36: Peyton's First Bath At Home
37: Snuggle Time
38: Here is a picture of you with Dr. Pixley,Mommy's OBGyn, who made the decision to do the c-section that saved both of our lives and safely brought you into the world. He also delivered your big brother Brayden 6 years earlier. He had just come onto rotation that morning at 7am!
39: So many firsts....first doctor's appointments, first walk around the neighborhood, first bath....we look forward to all of your "firsts!
40: Daddy's co-workers at USC-L , threw you a baby shower a couple weeks after we got home. You got lots of cute outfits and it was a nice chance to visit Daddy at work and show you off to everyone!
45: As we look back on the first 2 weeks of your life and what a miracle you are, we are so thankful to God for the abundant blessing he has bestowed us in your life! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! And we are in awe of his creation. We feel blessed beyond measure to be your parents and cannot wait to share this time on earth with you! We love you our sweet Peyton Bryce!