Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Halloween

Since Brady refused to dress up in a Halloween costume and Finley is too little, this will have to do! Happy Halloween from the Hudson's!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Finley's Birth Announcement

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Finley's 2 Week Check Up

I am behind on updating my blog but on this past Monday we had Finley's 2 week check up.  He was acutally just a few days shy of being 3 weeks old, but since he had to stay 10 nights in the hospital we are a little behind.  He is doing really well and nursing like a champ!  He eats every 1.5-3 hours during the day.  We usually go to bed around 11pm and  he gets up to eat between 2am and 3am and again usually at 6:30am.  He weighed 8lbs 13.5 oz, which is in the 50th percentile and 11 oz that he gained from his weight check one week earlier.  He is in the 75th percentile for length and head circumference at 22 inches and 14 3/4cm.  We won't go back until 2 months, when he has to get his shots! :(

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Finley's Newborn Photos

I want to start off by apologizing for the picture overload, but how is a Momma supposed to pick between such adorable shots! I may be just a little partial, but geez my boy is just too cute for words! These were done by All Dressed Up Photography, and she does great work at a reasonable price. She also gives you rights to print, which is a must for me.  Since Finley had to stay in the hospital 10 nights, we didn't get them done as early as we had planned.  He was 13 days old and actually did very well.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012


I have been waiting since May, when we found out we were having another boy, to capture these sweet moments.  I pray that Brady and Finley will be the best of friends always.  I know that they won't always get along, but I hope they will always be able to count on one another.  Brady is already being such a good big brother.  He is always loving on him and trying to help us with him.  I fully intend to dress them a like as much as possible because I know with boys I can only get by with doing this for a short amount of time!  I just love my boys and even though I thought I wanted to have a girl, a couldn't imagine my life without these two little guys and of course their daddy!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Welcoming Finley to the World Part 2

On Tuesday things got a whole better, when we were finally able to hold our sweet boy.  Since all the breathing and lung issues were resolved we switched our focus to getting his feedings up to normal, gaining weight, and getting rid of the jaundice.  These are all manageable after dealing with a chest tube!  On Wednesday we were moved down to the regular newborn nursery and finally discharged on Saturday, at 10 days old!

Daddy Holding Finley for the First Time

Finally Headed Home

Meeting Big Brother

Home Sweet Home

My boys!  I am one lucky girl!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Welcoming Finley to the World Part 1

My induction started Wednesday, October 3rd, at 5:30 am and by 6:30 am the Pitocin was up and going.  My doctor came in around 7:30am and I was at 4 cm so she broke my water, this was when all the fun began.  She did tell me there was some light meconium in my water, so we would have a few extra people in during the delivery to suction out any excess fluids.  My contractions got quicker and more painful almost instantly after she broke my water.  I was practically begging for my epidural around 8:30am.  The nurse had to run fluids through my IV for a while before the epidural could be started but by 9:30am I had the epidural and the rest was smooth sailing.  The nurse checked me and I was already at 9cm, but my doctor was in surgery so she left me for a while and said that we would have a baby by lunch time. 

After the Epidural Kicked In

Glad I Wasn't Feeling those Contractions

At 11:00am she came back and said we would start pushing and if we were close we would stop until my doctor got there.  I pushed a few times and she said we are definitely ready, so at 11:05 the doctor came in and got ready and 2 pushes later at 11:15am came my sweet Finley.  I got to hold him right away as he cried before the special team came in to suction his fluids and clean him up.  He weighed 8lbs 11oz and is 20 1/4 inches long. 

Daddy Cutting the Cord

He was having a little trouble with his lungs and breathing since he swallowed some of the fluid with the meconium so he was taken to the special care nursery so they could monitor his breathing.  He ended up having to get a tube down his throat into his stomach, and a CPAP machine to help push the oxygen into his lungs.  He had a catheter put into his umbilical area so that they wouldn't have to poke him each time he needed blood drawn.  He also has an IV where he is getting hydration and monitors that are keeping track of his oxygen saturation, BP, and heart rate.


On day two Finley started off by improving well and got down to 30% oxygen (21%, room air, being the goal).  But at 8:00pm we found out the CPAP machine had caused a small pneumothorax.  The CPAP was removed and they put what they call a hood over his face with 100% oxygen to try and resolve the pneumothorax.  They continued taking chest xrays to monitor it's size.  Around 11pm Finley's breathing had worsened so they decided to put in a small chest tube to suction out the air.  The procedure went well but they decided to transfer him over to the NICU at the Children's Hospital at 3am on Friday, where they had more resources in case he needed them.  So I rushed back to my room and requested my discharge so that I could go be with him.

On arrival at the children's hospital they did there own chest xray's and tests and continued to monitor him.  Around 6am we decided to go home and get a little rest so that I could continue pumping since he is still not able to nurse.  Later in the day they figured out that his chest tube placement needed adjusting and after that his breathing continued to improve. They did an echocardiogram to check for pulmonary hypertension which he did have so they put him on oxygen and nitrix oxide.  His breathing slowly continued to improve.  By Friday night they were able to turn his oxygen down to 50%, where it had been 100% since they found the pneumothorax. 


Over the weekend and through Monday he continued improving.  He did have jaundice so they put him under the bili-light.  This is nothing new to us, since we dealt with this with Brady.  On Sunday they started feeding him 10cc of my breast milk through his tube and since he tolerated that well on Monday they started feeding him my milk through a bottle.  Since his xrays had improved they sealed up the chest tube and it was taken out on Monday evening.  They also shut off his nitrix on Monday since his breathing has improved.  His umbilical catheters, where they were drawing his blood, was also removed on Monday evening.  We are so excited that things are moving in the right direction. 

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