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Our son Maxton was diagnosed with left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at his 19 week ultrasound. Maxton was born on 3/3/09 at Vanderbilt University. He fought hard for 18 days but earned his wings on 3/21/09. Maxton was an inspiration to many during his brief time on earth and has forever changed our lives. If your child is diagnosed with CDH, please feel free to contact us. Maxton may no longer live here on earth, but he will live forever in our hearts...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

38 weeks

Yes, I am still pregnant. Maxton is determined to prove me wrong and is holding out for the 3rd. I am not complaining as I know that every day he is in there is good... but I am definately starting to get restless and uncomfortable. Today was my last day of work so I can prepare for the baby now.

I had a pretty rough appointment this morning. To start it off, my doctors offices moved locations over the weekend so they are now in a new location. It is closer to my house, but you know how things go when you are in a new office... lots of things unorganized. My BPP was at 9:30 and my appt. with the OB was at 10. So I got there around 9:15. At 10:30 when I still hadn't been called back I asked to make sure I was checked in. Of course, I was told "yes". So.. at around 10:45 my pager went off (yes, the new office gives you pagers like they do at a restaurant.. it's crazy). So I go up there and it is the nurse. I explain that I don't want to see the doctor until AFTER my ultrasound, which they were suprised I hadn't gotten yet. Finally, at around 11 (after being paged by the doctors' RN twice) I was called back for the BPP.

The BPP started out okay. My AFI was 16.8. Maxton had not gained too much weight and was weighing around 8.6. At first I wondered why he wasn't packing it on, but they said not to be worried because he is at a good weight.. and of course, I was glad that he wasn't the 10-12 pound baby I feared he would be! During the BPP Maxton was pretty lethargic and not moving much. We "buzzed" him a couple of times and still nothing. He was not practice breathing like he should. So, I sat in there for 30 mintues while we waited to see if he would practice breath.. Of course, he never did. So then. I had to go do a non-stress test. It's around 11:40 now. I get in there and get all hooked up and Max's heart rate it really high.. like in the 170s. The tech finally decides maybe he doesn't like me laying on my back and has me lay on my side... which brings him down to the 140s-150s. Once his heart rate is stable, we waited for him to move to we could see the heart rate go up and then come back down... of course, he is still sleeping or something and it stays in the 150s for about 10 minutes straight. Then she brings me something to eat.. still nothing... Finally, she buzzes him and he went nuts! He was moving all over the place... and his heart rate was finally doing what they were looking for. So.. it's like 12:30 by now. I finally get in to see the MD who checks me and tells me I am still about 3 cm and now 80%effaced. He said that I shouldn't go in on the 2nd at night and to just come in on the 3rd, which makes me happy cause now I can watch The Bachelor next Monday. :-) It was 1:15 when I finally got out of there. Thank goodness this was my last appt. til Max gets here!!!!! :-)

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been praying/thinking of us. We are so blessed to have you all in our lives. I feel especially lucky to have so much support from other mothers of CDH children. Your stories have truly inspired me and I feel blessed that you all share you lives with me. I feel like I have learned from the other mothers and am as prepared as I can be for what is to come. ( i know you can never truly be prepared). My mom is coming down on Saturday and staying for two weeks, which I am super excited about! I will try to update again before Maxton gets here, but if not, please keep him in your thoughts next Tuesday as that is the induction date and my Hoss will be here!!! :-)

15 comments:

Jonathan and Sarah said...

That is so GREAT he is staying in! Those lungs will be that much better!! We are praying!!!

-Sarah (Noah's Mom)

Amanda said...

I am getting so excited for you! Just to warn you--at 38 weeks, my Barrett didn't even weigh 8 pounds and at birth he weighed 9.3!! Just wanted you to be prepared...:)

Craig and Kristi Kuehl said...

I know you must be so uncomfortable, but you are sooo on the home stretch!! Hang in there. I want to make it to 40 weeks (yeah right) if I can... I am continuing to pray for the little Hoss, and know he is going to do AMAZING things!!

Much continued love....

Kristi

Jaime's World said...

I know that you're uncomfortable, but it's so much better for Maxton that he's in there longer!
We wish you the best and a safe (short) labor and delivery.
We'll be praying for Maxton.
((HUGS))
Sheryl

Ashworth Family said...

I know that restless feeling! I felt it too, but now, funny enough, I miss being pregnant. We think of you often and can't wait for Maxton to make his entrance to the world. Enjoy this time and get lots of rest.

Tracy Meats said...

WOW, you are almost there!! Praying hard for Maxton to stay strong and do very well next week, when he arrives. Praying for a short and easy labor and delivery for you. Will be thinking of you and your family in the weeks to come and looking for those updates on your precious son. Enjoy your time this week and get plenty of rest!

Hugs, Tracy Meats - mom to Ian, born with a LCDH on 4/3/04 and WY and CO State Rep. for CHERUBS

Burt and Christy Michel said...

Praying for Maxton to arrive safely. What a big boy !!!!

proudmom said...

I will be praying for all of you. Maxton will be a fighter.

god bless all the CDH babies and families.

Shawn said...

Hey guys, we are praying for you all and for Maxton! Hang in there!
Shawn (Kamryn's dad)

Fer said...

Hang in there, more time inside means less better and stronger lungs. I'm praying for you!

Stephanie said...

I thought for sure you would have had him by now. So Tuesday's the big day, huh? I'm so excited for you. And thinking of you always.

Stephanie

Elizabeth said...

The longer he stays put the better. He must have been having a morning nap! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and sending Maxton LUNG FUNCTION chants too!
Elizabeth

theparkerreesefoundation said...

We are praying for Maxton's arrival and are here if y'all need anything.

We cannot wait to see what the little guy looks like....

Tracy Meats said...

Thinking of you!! Many prayers for you and Maxton and a safe arrival tomorrow. I can't wait to see pics of that little guy!!

Tracy Meats - mom to Ian, born with a LCDH on 4/3/04

Craig and Kristi Kuehl said...

I am thinking of you guys!!! Keep us posted on Maxton's arrival.

Much Love and Prayers!