Wednesday, August 26, 2009

James' birthday is coming!!

When I met with my doctors today, we decided to schedule James' birthday!! How exciting!
If James and I both stay stable, James will have his birthday on the morning of Monday, August 31st .

Keith will arrive at 6:30am, I'll be wheeled down to Labor and Delivery at 7:00 am to be prepped for my c-section and they should begin by 7:30-ish, and I should be back in recovery by around 9:00 am. James will be taken care of in a small room off of the OR for the first hour or so (until my surgery is finished) and then he'll be taken down to the NICU.

We'd love prayer for the following concerns:
1. That all aspects of my surgery would go smoothly, including no adverse reactions to the medications, minimal bleeding, good pain management, etc. so that I can recover quickly and therefore get to see James quickly.

2. A gentle birth for James and that his lungs would begin functioning to their full ability right away, with only the usual interventions needed. That he wouldn't need to be put on a ventilator, have other physical struggles or be in pain--so that he can focus all his energy on learning to breathe with a little help, maintaining his temperature and blood sugar, and learning how to feed. Prayer for no bleeding in his brain (they'll check for that after the first week, but there's nothing they can do to stop it or treat it) or problems with other organs.

3. Strength and courage for Keith as he deals with the emotions of going through surgery with me and a son in the NICU; that we both would feel God's peace and comfort instead of being overwhelmed and feeling helpless.

4. A smooth transition for Maddie, both now and as the weeks go by, getting used to visiting the hospital daily to see James and having to develop new routines.

5. A speedy physical recovery for me and continued health for Maddie, since we will only have about 3 weeks between when I come home from the hospital and Sept. 21st, when we have to take her to OHSU for kidney surgery. Prayer to be able to balance having two kids in different hospitals for that crazy week!

6. Praise for my parents, who help out with Maddie a lot, and that Keith's mom Darlene will be here for the next two weeks to help take care of Maddie and then me, when I get to go home! What a blessing!

7. Praise for all of you who have been faithfully praying for James and our family throughout this rollercoaster ride of pregnancy! THANK YOU!!!


Christine said...

Wow! August 31st sounds like a perfect day for a birthday. :) What good news that there is a plan, and that James has stayed cozy all the way up to this point. I will of course be praying. Thanks for sharing specific requests. Keep the posts coming, buddy. It's so good to get a glimpse into your experience. Makes me almost feel like I'm there with you. BIG hugs! Go get your few minutes of rest. ;) xoxo

Colette said...

I'm praying for you Lisa!

Katy said...

YEA! I find myself praying for all of you through the day. LOVE and hugs.

Brooke said...

Praying and looking forward to news of his arrival on the 31st!

Lisa said...

That is my grandmother's birthday - she was lovely and loved and I know James will be too. Best Wishes!

Jen Hibbs said...

praying, praying, praying! xoxo

Heather Elizabeth said...

Lisa-I am praying for you. You sound SO positive and strong. Keep it up girl! WE LOVE YOU :)

Brooke said...

Lisa, at 8:22am on the 31st (about 2 minutes ago), I was hit with the sudden urge to pray for you and baby James. I hope all is going well for you.

Christine said...

Welcome to the world, Baby James! We're all sooo thankful that you're here and you're doing well. Lis, we're so happy all went well and can't wait to meet your sweet little one. He outweighed his mommy! Yay! :) xoxo