We are happy to announce the arrival of our new addition Elizabeth Grace Hundley! Excited to enter the world, Elizabeth Grace, a little miracle at 2lbs 9oz and 15.4 inches long, arrived just shy of 10 weeks early on August 2nd.
It was quite a traumatic time for both Elizabeth and I, though we are both doing well now. I suffered a placental abruption just as we were getting ready for bed Sunday night. The ambulance arrived within 5 minutes and rushed me over to St. David’s Hospital downtown. Because of the massive amount of bleeding the doctor rushed us into surgery and delivered Elizabeth. Elizabeth came out crying and feisty, by the grace of God.
I had a difficult time in surgery because besides having a placental abruption they discovered I had a rare condition called placenta accreta. The placenta had grown into the muscle of my uterous and caused those contractions that play a role in minimizing blood loss to stop. I apparently lost so much blood I didn’t have protein/plasma in my blood to stop bleeding and I was hemorrhaging. After having had three blood transfusions and two plasma transfusions our wonderful and talented doctor was able to save me. I am out of the hospital and feeling better every day.
Elizabeth is in the NICU breathing on her own. Because she was born at 30-weeks her nervous system isn’t fully developed. She has periodic episodes of apnea and bradycardia. To help her body to remember to breath she is wearing a CPAP. The CPAP does not breath for her but rather keeps a steady stream of air going into her lungs to remind her body to breath when it forgets. In addition she is on a daily dose of caffine to stimulate her breathing. She has been doing well and seems to be having fewer apnea episodes each day. She has started to take small non-nutritional breastmilk feeds to stimulate her digestive system. Unfortunately, she has been having a little trouble digesting the milk so they are proceeding very slowly and carefully.
Overall we are very pleased with her progress and are told we can expect her home in 5-8 weeks. Jon is keeping busy helping out with the Luke, working and being a taxi driver to and from the hospital. We appreciate all of the well wishes and prayers. We’ll keep you posted!