Dec 10, 2008

Davis will be a Blue Devil

After a lot of thought and visiting both hospitals, we've decided Davis will be born at Duke instead of Cincinnati Children's Hospital. A couple of things really swayed our decision- one was the feeling at Duke, which was much more personal and not quite as overwhelmingly large. Another factor was Hope, a nurse & coordinator extraordinaire who has been like an angel to us. Thanks, Hope :)

When we toured Duke, we were able to visualize everything that will happen on the day of Davis' birth. Some of those things were hard to see... ECMO especially. ECMO is a heart/lung bypass machine that is often lifesaving for CDH babies, but it's dangerous and just plain scary. Some of the other CDH moms I've met have really helped ease some of our ECMO jitters, and I suppose it's better to know what to expect now instead of being surprised later, when so much else is going on.

At Duke, we met Carter and his mom, Kellie. Carter is the first CDH baby I'd ever seen, and it was absolutely the best part of our visit. Carter's progress has given us so much hope, and, as Michael's Aunt Linda would say, he's cute as a bug's ear. Check out his blog:

Right now, the plan is to induce on Sunday, February 1 or Monday, February 2. This is of course assuming he doesn't come earlier. Even though I don't see how I could possibly get any bigger than I am now, I hope that doesn't happen. Davis needs all the time in there he can get!


Jessica Singletary said...

I'm so happy y'all have a blog!

We cannot wait to meet y'all in January and are praying for Davis daily. If you need anything please call me.

kat said...

let's hear it for davis. i said.. lets hear it for davis. what a killer name! luv u guys!!!!!

Brad, Kellie, Lucy and Baby Carter said...

We're so glad to hear that you chose Duke. We LOVE them so much and hope you will feel the same. They treat you like family and not just another patient/number. Please let us know if we can do anything for you guys or if you want to visit Carter again. Can't wait to see you again :)