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Posted 25 December 2005 - 05:57 AM

Joseph Franklin Simmons was born by C-section at 2:59 this Christmas morning. He weighs in at 3.6 pounds and is 16" long.

Our SIL called us about 9:30 last night saying they were back in the hospital because Jen started spotting again. He told us they might have to go ahead and do a C-section and that he would let us know. About 2 am the phone rang again, they were about to take her in to do the operation so we got up, got dressed and went to the hospital. Both mother and baby are doing fine. The reason she had been spotting was because the placenta was beginning to seperate so after she started having contractions they went ahead and took the baby.

They did put a tube down his throat to give him some stuff for his lungs since they hadn't yet developed it himself but the dr. said it was only precautionary, that he was kicking and vigorous and she didn't see any problems yet. They will keep him until he's gained some more weight, not sure yet how long they'll keep Jen but we'll be going back to the hospital before we head to church later on, it's only 5 am now and Ricky wanted to try to get some more sleep, me, I'm awake and too excited to sleep. I still have to call my parents but I'm waiting until they wake up, they're in NM, an hour behind me and with mom's health the way it is and everything is looking good I didn't see any sense in waking them up.

Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone :D

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 06:18 AM

much prayer and <3 for you and yours chatty.


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Posted 25 December 2005 - 06:30 AM

Thank you, D', they're going to need it :)

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 06:56 AM

Well I hope all goes well and congrats on the birth.
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Posted 25 December 2005 - 08:48 AM

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 08:54 AM

Thank you, G and DWF. You just can't tell these little tykes when to be born ;)

We'll be heading back over to the hospital in about an hour to see them again before church, there haven't been any more phone calls so I'm assuming no news is good news :D

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 09:20 AM

Congrats, Chattie and Merry Christmas.

ETA:  I hope all goes well with the little one.  Here's prayers for both mother and child.  (I was hustled off the comp to find batteries for our digital camera.)

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 10:03 AM

What a wonderful gift!  Merry Christmas, Chatterbox.

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 11:26 AM

What a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas!

My best to your new grandson, his mom and dad, and to the grandparents who will be spoiling him rotten. :D

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 11:40 AM

My congratulations and best wishes to you and your family. :)

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 12:12 PM

:hugs:  Congrats Chatty!  Good luck and well wishes
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Posted 25 December 2005 - 12:33 PM


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Posted 25 December 2005 - 12:45 PM


What a wonderful Christmas present. I am glad to hear that everything is going fine so far and will keep him and you all in my thoughts!
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Posted 25 December 2005 - 02:27 PM

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 03:13 PM

^That's Meemaw, RS ;)

Thank you, everybody. So far everything is going very well for the Joseph and Jen, he's off the ventilator and under an oxygen tent. Jen hasn't had any pain yet and is in really good spirits. There were lots of hugs and well-wishes at church from everyone. We warned Jen that she might be having visitors later on.

The doctor said that of all the variables that could have happened the very best happened with this baby. All they have to do now is get him to take a bottle, but they aren't too worried that he isn't yet and can always insert a feeding tube if necessary but we're hoping he'll go ahead and start taking the bottle instead.

When they let us go into the nursery to see him it was just so unbelievable, he's so tiny and his skin is so thin you were almost afraid to touch him. He grabbed Ricky's finger and Ricky took one look at his long fingers and said "Look, another guitar player." :lol:

He has all his fingers and toes in the right place so we're just praying everything keeps going well for him.

And here's a pic, he was still on the ventilator at this time:

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 04:34 PM

Congratulations and Merry Christmas Meemaw!!!! :hugs:
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Posted 25 December 2005 - 08:20 PM

Congrats and best wishes for the little one! :D

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 08:45 PM

Thank you, all, he's doing much better, they've already cut his oxygen back from 35% to 28%. They'll have to feed him with IV for now then switch to a tube before they try to give him a bottle.

From what the nurse has been telling us he's beaten all kinds of odds for babies like him so we're just thanking God that He's had His hand on him and pray He continues to do so.

Jen just wants to eat some food but they won't let her have anything but ice or water or juices until sometime tomorrow.

She is in some pain now, something to be expected with the C-section, but I think she and her stubbornness will be just fine.

I have some better pictures of him and will post them when I can, they show how much better he's already looking, he's not so red anymore, he has more of a normal skin tone now.

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 09:01 PM

YAY! :) He's so cute. :) And don't worry, he'll be fine. :) Back when I was born 21 years ago, I was a C-Section and 8 weeks early, I got through it ok. :) A friend of mine was 8 weeks early as well, but a twin, so even smaller and less developed and today he's an architect, so also all is well. Nowadays they can do wonders.

Joseph will do just fine and soon'll be doing even more guitar playing. :D Congratulations grandma. :D

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 09:21 PM

Thank you, Atavus :)

My cousin was born at 6 months and she's just fine today too. Unfortunately she had a son born at 6 months along too and he has CP. Beautiful boy but he can't do anything for himself. Sometimes we're lucky and sometimes we aren't.

I have a couple of more pics that are much better and you can see how little he is. This is Gregg's mom with him, don't have any of me with him yet, maybe when I can get in there with Gregg he can get some of me.

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