Friday, October 17, 2008

Brennan's Birth Story

We arrived at the hospital early on the morning of March 27, 2008 for a scheduled c-section. We were pretty relaxed as this was my fourth c-section - so we knew what to expect. We went through the pre-op paper work, signed consents, got my IV, etc. We even saw a friend of mine coming out of the operating room with her new baby boy as we were being wheeled into the operating room. As before, it was only a few minutes until I felt pressure on my stomach and was told he'd be out soon.....a bit more pressure and there he was! They held him up for me to see....he looked so cute and little. The only thing I clearly remember noticing upon seeing him was that his little tongue was sticking out and thought, "the little guy must be hungry already!" They then took him over to get weighed and be given an initial exam by the pediatrician. I told Eric to go over and see our new baby boy while they were finishing my surgery. I remember the OB talking to the nurses in a very hushed voice. Then, I heard the pediatrician talking to Eric and thought I heard him say "chromosome" and wondered why he would be talking to Eric about chromosomes while doing my son's exam. Then, Eric came over to me and I asked him if something was wrong. He told me we'd talk about it after they were done with my surgery. I told him that I wanted to know now. He very calmly told me that the pediatrician suspected that our new baby boy had Down syndrome. They would be taking him to the NICU for further observation and to have a blood test done to determine if, in fact, he did have Down syndrome. And this is where our journey began.....

3 comments:

Miss Magic said...

Sharon, and what a journey you will have. The past 8 months must seem like a haze some days! I can't wait for you to update your blog with some Brennan stories!

Life is so amazing and there is just something about that extra 21st that helps me stay grounded and see the beauty in the world. I hope you will continue to enjoy the journey :-). Carol

mum2brady said...

linked to you from Carol's blog :) Brennan is darling :) I hope you have a wonderful journey and adventure with him (and your other 3 - I have 6, and at one time had 4 six and under too, so I know where you're coming from :)

Hope things are going well - and it's nice to get to know you :)

shaunay said...

I am so proud of you and love you so much.