On Thursday, December 13th at around 8:00 am, I checked into the hospital as a pregnant person for the last time. I was not nervous or scared just really really excited! Gary was working, as he does almost everyday, so my friend Sheena joined me for the events of the day. We played cards, talked about stupid stuff and she did this hilarious baby dance over and over again because, well lets face it people you knew this would take more than a few hours. Gary got to the hospital sometime just before 5 to find me.... still in labor! Skip forward another four hours plus and an epidural that did not fully function and we find ourselves at 9:30ish pm. Our little Nolan figured that he would not get much attention when he joined the other four monsters at home and so he decided to make a dramatic entrance into the world by arriving hand, arm, shoulder, head. Oh yeah, it felt great! And so there he was, all 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and 21 inches of him. A perfect little cookie cutter of the rest of the kiddos.
We came home from the hospital Sunday night and began to enjoy a wonderful Christmas season with my parents. We rode the Polar Express, played with ferrets, made Christmas gifts and treats, and really just loved on one another.
A month later on a Tuesday night, little Nolan started to cough and by Thursday it was bad. I took him to the doctor who said he most likely has RSV. We were to watch him and come back the next afternoon. Gary and I ended up taking shifts through the night and by 8 am Nolan and I were at the doctors office, as I was not waiting for our 2 o'clock appointment. The next few hours were a blur. In all reality the next few days were a blur. Nolan was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and Gary meet us in the ER. We were transferred to the NICU shortly there after and stayed there for the next 5 days. Nolan received excellent care and our family and friends took care of the rest of the kids. It really would have been even worse had we not received so much love and support. Nolan lost close to a pound and received steroids treatments and pure oxygen for days but was released last Tuesday. A week later he is doing much better. I wish the nurses and machines could have come home with me though, they gave me so much comfort in the hospital but I am starting to sleep again and not worry about him all night, so that is improvement.
And so we are starting over with a new baby at home and a new schedule and a new way of life. I know that we, as well as many of you, were shocked when we were pregnant with this little man but now, of course, it seems so natural and so perfect. So without further ado we are Re-Introducing our newest and last little man...
Nolan Robert Carroll
born, December 13th, 2012
8 lbs 12 ounces and 21 inches long