Lawson Heath 💙 born 8/23/13 at 35 weeks with ABO incompatibility.
Our little NICU journey started when my sweet little boy decided he wanted to come a month early, we had already been back and forth in pre term labor had it stopped a few times which to me was the most horrible thing ever! I went into labor at 35 weeks, on that day I just didn’t feel right all day didn’t really feel good (kind of wasn’t nothing new in a way I stayed sick the entire 8 1/2 months I was pregnant) I was having some pretty intense contractions so I took a warm bath to see if it would help some and of course it didn’t and at that point they were 5 minutes apart and getting stronger so I called my doctor and he told me to come on in, so off I went to labor and delivery. Got there and set up on the monitors (both of my little ones HATED the monitors and always kicked them off lol) finally got him to settle down and stay on them, my contractions were so bad at that point they were topping the machine so they checked me and I was right at a 4 but the nurse wasn’t for sure because she had small hands so she went and got my doctor he come in and checked me and sure enough I was a 4 and about 80% thinned out at that point and he told me he couldn’t stop it this time that my sweet boy was on his way. Fast forward to the next morning he come in bright and early broke my water and I was started on pitocin which made the contractions even worse as we all know.
I labored all day long and didn’t seem like he would ever come and then around 5:15pm he decided to make his arrival and that was the best moment of my life and I will never forget it! They placed him on my chest for skin to skin, I wasn’t able to feed him because he was having breathing issues so I was only able to hold him a few minutes before they took him away to the NICU. Once the epidural wore off and I got to go down and see him and that was the most heart breaking moment ever seeing my sweet little boy hooked up to all those machines, IVs in him I couldn’t feed him because of his breathing wasn’t stable. He was born with ABO incompatibility which is when the baby has a different blood type then the mother does, and the mothers antibodies fight the baby off so to say, in my sons case he tools his dads blood type which is B and I’m O type so my body started to fight him off kind of like he was a foreign object in a way, it caused him to be extremely jaundiced he had to be under two bili lights because it was so high he got multiple blood sticks to keep a check on it. He did have a slight infection but it cleared up quick, he had some fluid in his lungs but that also cleared up pretty quickly, they did think he had a heart murmur at one point but thank goodness the second test come back normal! There was also another ekg they did and it was something to do with they way his heart beats (I don’t remember the exact name for it) but he would have had to see a heart specialist if the second ekg would have come back the same but thank goodness it come back normal as well.
Every single one of his NICU nurses were absolutely amazing they were so helpful and answered any kind of questions, concerns I had. They would call me with updates on him throughout the day when I wasn’t calling them, they didn’t care how much I called them to check on him they were just so sweet! After almost 2 weeks in the NICU he overcome all his little obstacles and got to finally come home! That was the second best day of my life getting to bring him home! It was so hard the day I left the hospital and didn’t get to take my sweet boy with me!
Today he is a sweet, smart, loving 5 year old! He is now in kindergarten and LOVES school so much (so far lol), he still has some hurdles along the way he doesn’t have the best immune system, he was diagnosed with Autism/ADHD at the age of 3, and he has GI issues. But we get through them and make the best of it! We had such an amazing NICU journey and I couldn’t thank all of our NICU nurses and NICU doctors for everything they did and do for my son and all the other little babies in there.
Story submitted by: Nicole Riggins