The epidural worked marginally well until the doctor came in and gave Megan a bolus of medication, and finally got her pain under control. By 8:30 AM the doctors were there and they were ready to have her push.
At 9:22 AM Jackson Gary Farmer came into this world. He was super pink! He was a whopping 8 pounds 8 ounces, being 20 inches long. We expected him to be a bluish color, so it was a surprise for us both. I was lucky enough to be able to cut the umbilical cord. We spent less than ten seconds with the little guy, before they passed him off to the newborn intensive care team. Megan did so good. I knew I chose the cream of the crop when we got married, but I fell in love with her all over again today. I couldn’t have been more proud of her. The entire OB team was impressed with how diligent she was. She just kept on going; truly and example to me about perseverance.
Jackson was almost immediately placed on CPAP, a machine used to keep his lungs continuously inflated. The team also placed a umbilical venous catheter (UVC) as well as an umbilical arterial catheter (UAC). The UVC is a quick and easy way to administer medications and fluids as they are needed. The UAC is how they will measure his blood pressure.
The neonatal transport team arrived to take him to Primary Children’s Hospital. They were kind enough to stop by Megan’s room with the little guy to give us a few minutes- truly one of the Lords tender mercies. Megan and I were so excited to see him. He looked so good; pink as could be and ready to take on the world. I followed him and the transport team over to the cardiac ICU where he will spend a few days; preparing for surgery. I was fortunate to be able to spend a couple hours with him while the doctors assessed him and the many specialists came by to see him.
He had his first of many echocardiograms today. He didn’t like it at all. The nurses say he has an attitude, I told them he got it from Megan. They also said he’s beautiful (and they clarified that saying it’s not the beautiful that they tell everyone; it’s the real deal). I told them he got that from Megan too.
Later in the afternoon I took Megan down to see her son without being in a plastic box. It was a tender moment to watch her make a spiritual connection with Jackson. Megan has a faith in God’s plan like no one else I know. She is such a good example to me. I truly married a great woman.
We spoke to several of the cardiac intensivists who explained to us that Jackson is not keeping up his oxygen saturations like they would want him to. They have also found that there is a small hole between the right and left atria; known as a atrial septal defect (ASD). This is allowing him to oxygenate his blood without the use of the Alprostadil (prostaglandins) to keep is ducts open. They have turned down the Alprostadil and will likely wean him off of it tomorrow.
As of now the tentative surgery date is Thursday mid-morning some time. They are still not sure if he will need the balloon septostomy procedure; so we’ll find out more about that tomorrow. For now I am incredibly tired; and Megan is more tired than I am. I speak for both of us when I say THANK YOU for the enormous outpouring of love and support from family and friends alike. Our phones have been ringing off the hook today with calls, emails and text messages from concerned people.
We have truly felt God’s hand in our experiences today. Please continue to keep Megan and Jackson in your prayers. We love you!