Saturday, February 21, 2009

Willow Hope Jenson

Hi everyone,

The last few days have been a wild ride, but everyone came out of it OK. After I posted on Wednesday, things started taking a turn for the worse. Wednesday night, "my numbers" started going bad and by blood pressure was spiking. I had real bad heartburn all night too. Thursday morning, one of the doctors, Dr. Cook, came into my room at about 6 and said I was getting too sick and they had to go in in the next couple hours and take the baby out by c-section. That's pretty much the last thing I remember; I guess he came in a little later and said never mind, rather than wait a couple hours they were doing it in 15 minutes. I do remember getting wheeled into the operating room and about 20 people doing things to me. They had to do general anesthesia rather than an epidural; something about my platelets being too low. I guess they did a platelet transfusion during the surgery as well. When I came out of surgery, I was in the ICU from Thursday morning until Friday afternoon. I don't remember a whole lot of the time in the ICU either but it was great to come back to the OB floor again yesterday and regain some sense of normalcy. My blood pressure and everything is stabilizing now and moving back towards the normal range. Last night I finally got to go see the baby; everyone else had already seen her. She was born at 8 AM Thursday, February 19. She weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces and was 12 and 1/4 inches long. This morning we finally decided on a name: Willow Hope. Hope is Janna's (Josh's sister's) middle name and was also his great-grandma's middle name. Willow I've just always loved. I guess it grew on Josh too.

She's actually doing really well, all things considered. She doesn't seem to have anything major wrong with her other than having a lot of growing to do. She does need some help breathing but is already on the "lesser" machine, I guess, called the C-pap. I don't know the ins and outs of all these machines yet, but I'm sure We'll get to know them very well. They're supposed to be discharging me on Monday or Tuesday; Willow will be here for awhile. We'll have to figure out a schedule of one of us being here all the time, or at least most of the time. We're actually allowed to go in and see her in the NICU pretty much as much as we want, and we're allowed to touch her. Eventually we'll be allowed to hold her too. Here are some photos of her.
Thanks again to everyone for all the comments, calls, emails, cards, flowers,etc!


Robin and Bill said...

Such a beautiful little girl! What a rpetty name!! Can't wait to get down there to see her. Glad you're feeling better Lindsay. We're keeping your whole little family in our thoughts,
Love, Robin and Bill

Katie said...

Congrats on a beautiful baby girl, Willow Hope! We are so happy to hear that everyone is doing well and that we were able to "see" her on your blog! We will continue to lift all of you up in prayer, especially growth for Willow. Blessings in faith, HOPE, and love to all of you!
Mike and Katie Jones

Lisa Dee said...

In a word....PRECIOUS!!!!!! We just got home from town and saw the photos! She is so sweet we can't wait to meet her in person!!! Lindsay we are so relieved you are doing well and Josh we have been thinking of you non-stop as well. We'll be in touch. Love to all.....

Lisa, Scott, Nicholas, Ellen and Abby

Lois Bell said...

Linds, Josh, and Willow Hope. What a beautiful name. I love it. I was so thrilled to see the pictures -- now I know for sure that we are great grandparents!!! I can't wait to see her. Love, G'ma (G'pa too)

lindak said...

Hi Lindsey,
She's beautiful!! Everyone's prayers were answered and she's doing well. Lots of love coming to you from Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. And a big hello and congrads from nutrition services. Keep up the good work. Lindak

vanessa anderson said...

Linds she is just an angle... how wonderful to hear everyone is doing well! We look forward to hearing nothing but progress and will continue our thoughts and prayers! Please remember that my mom and I are both only blocks away from the hospital if you need ANYTHING at all, don't hesitate please! We are here for your new little family by all means! Smile.

p.s the name is BEAUTIFUL, very very beautiful!

Cameron said...

Not nearly as cute as her's, but...


Beautiful baby!
With Love - Liz and Cam

Lisa Dee said...

Hey Linds and Josh!

How are things today? Gma and Gpa are on there way over here for a pizza lunch....Dad's idea! The kids have a piano recital so we are all going into town around 2:30 for the big concert!! Thinking of you all and hoping Willow is having a good day.

Love from all the Dees!