Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cameron Comes Home!!

Well, we finallt got to bring Cameron home from the hospital last Thursday afternoon. It was a very special day. Though you can see by the picture above that he didn't seem to care that much. At the time we took him home he was up to 5 lbs. 9 0z. and 19 inches long.

Emma seems to have taken to Cameron almost immediately. She wants to lick him all the time and is sometimes startled at every little noise he makes. The cats don't seem too affected by his arrival at all. We've had a number of friends and family come by the house who can now finally hold our little man. I think the biggest adjustment for Becca and I are each of us trying to get some sleep while feeding and changing Cameron every three hours!!! Our lives certainly have now changed forever!!

But we are very grateful to have Cameron in our lives and to finally have him home. I'm going to be able to be home for the next few weeks and Rebecca has been on maternity leave since Cameron was born. So, we are now officially a family. Life is just beginning!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cameron Scott Thompson

It was Thursday July 9, 2009 and I was working like I normally would on a Thursday. I was sitting in another meeting when I my cell phone vibrated. It was Rebecca. I knew she had gone to see her doctor today; so I stepped out of my meeting to take her call. She said, "Honey, we're going to have a baby today. He wants to induce me at 2 p.m today." My response, "Okay this isn't April Fool's so I guess you're not kidding!!" We talked a bit more and I staggered back to my meeting stunned and said "I think I have to go, I'm having a baby today." Went to my office told my boss what was happening and headed north for home. It was the beginning a a surreal weekend!!!

We got to St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake around 2 p.m. and got Rebecca admitted. Got here hooked up to an IV and about 4 or 5 p.m. they started inducing her. Contractions started and a few hours later she go the epidural which took away the pain and seemingly slowed her contractions down. Rebecca also lost all motor functions of her legs; so I had to move them around for her. Rebecca's sister Sarah and Mom had arrived for the evening. Things were going fine and I even caught an hour of shut eye around midnight. We even sent her mom and sister home to sleep when the nurse checked and Rebecca was 9 centimeters dilated and he was crowning.

Rebecca and I prior to all the excitement!!

Well, I got a shot of adrenaline, woke up, called her family back and the hospital called the doctor. About a half an hour later Rebecca was pushing and after ten to fifteen minutes our son Cameron Scott Thompson was born at 1:56 a.m. July 10, 2009 weighing in at 5 lbs. 2 oz and 18 inches long.

Rebecca with Cameron just after he was born.

Since he was early and small he was rushed over the NICU unit. We then had to get Rebecca up to a recovery room which we did and around 3:45 a.m. we both crashed pretty hard. We woke up the next morning going "Did we just have a baby?" We did and he's quite the miracle child and we are blessed to have him in our lives.

Cameron a few hours after being born.

So, our weekend was spent in the hospital seeing Cameron in the NICU every three hours, visiting with family. My parents got in Friday morning from Reno where they now live. We also exchanged hundreds of text messages, emails and phone calls with friends around the country and world. Rebecca got discharged from the hospital on Sunday, but Cameron had to stay as he needs to be eating consistently for us to take him home. He's a strong boy and doing very well. Everything else has checked out fine and he is getting stronger everyday. Rebecca is recovering well and happy to be able to get into her normal clothes again. We're both enjoying being able to sleep regular hours at night, because we both know that once he's home that won't be the case.

Rebecca also had a baby shower planned for last weekend which got cancelled and can hopefully be rescheduled very soon. We greatly appreciated all the flowers, cards, phone calls, warm thoughts and prayers as welcome this new little bundle of joy into our lives.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Another update!

Scott and I went in for an ultrasound yesterday, and Baby Cam seems to be falling further behind. When we discovered the problem at my 27 week ultrasound, his abdominal circumference was in the 15th percentile, but yesterday measured only in the 1st. His overall size was in the 40th percentile, but yesterday was only the 12th. They estimated his weight at 4 lbs, 11 oz., with a possible variance of half a pound either direction. My placenta seems to be failing. The good news is that he is still very active (Scott has decided he's a place kicker) and he has plenty of fluid around him.
I was hoping to get him to at least 6 pounds, but we may not quite make it.
Scott and I attend childbirth classes every week, wondering if each class will be our last. Will we even need the breathing techniques, or will he do a c-section?
And in the end, none of that matters. We just want him here.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Still pregnant..

I saw my dr. today, and he still thinks I'll deliver early. In fact, he said he won't let me go past 38 weeks, which is the week of July 17. It could still be any time between now and then if he sees anything he doesn't like (baby's not active, quits growing, etc.), but at the very most, we'll have a baby in a few weeks! As awful as bedrest has been, it seems to be working.
Here is my 34 week picture:

It's scary, but we're so excited, and the pregnancy hasn't been easy, so it's nice to have the end in sight.
We're going to Bear Lake this weekend, so I can lay on a different couch :) I need the change of scenery, and my family will be up there. Besides, it will be last trip for a while!
Last month we were able to go to Seattle to visit our dear friends Jenn and Paul, and their daughter Isabelle. Isabelle is a pure joy, full of energy and smiles. It was great to spend more than an hour or two with Jenn, since most of our visits over the last few years seem to revolve around a quick lunch.
Now our focus is on this new little addition to our already blessed lives.