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If you told me 16 years ago that I would have four kids, I would have laughed and tell you that was a funny statement. I would have never thought of having four kids or twin girls or how they were even born. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that it has been a perfect journey up to this point because it hasn’t. Not even close. But I would not trade it for anything in the world. It is a hard but fun journey for me and it is the most rewarding journey so far I have ever done.
It started 12 years ago when my oldest son was born. I was wanting a boy so I could teach him sports and how to be a man. His entry into this world was a hard one. The day he supposed to be born turned into the most frightening day of my life up to that point. When my wife’s water broke, his heartbeat dropped and they went into emergency mode at the hospital.
My wife end up having a C-section and found out he had his cord wrapped around his neck three times. It was a rare sight the doctor had seen. I thought it was a joke to lighten up the mode when they told me for the first time. After a week in the hospital he was released to us and my journey being a dad is on its way.
We decided to have another child so my oldest one would have a sibling. Throughout the pregnancy everything was good as we expected. The doctor decided to do another C-section and it end up being the best decision. After he was born his blood sugar level bottomed out like most new born babies and then they bounce back up. But his stayed at zero and after several attempts to bring it up the hospital decided the transfer him to the children’s hospital at the University.
He had a brain bleed as well as a few other issues and he stayed in the NICU for 38 days in total. Mostly in Bay 1 which is the critical bay. He is still having some issues from that even today but he is a very lucky little boy.
After that we decided it might be a good idea to stop there, but we were surprised again. Not with one but with twins. We decided to have them at the University since what happen with my second child. This one ended a lot better with the shortest stay at the hospital. But my youngest daughter has a club-foot that is being fixed.
So the start of my journey as a dad was a rocky start. So far everything has calmed down.
Do you remember when your first child was born? What is the best or worst memory of this event? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments and I will respond to the questions you have.
My first daughter was born with Group B Strep and ended up having to spend a week in Special Care nursery, they told me on the third day “These babies usually die by the third day, so looks like shes ok” I was horrified, I don’t recall being told that Death was an option. She’s turning 25 in July and I am so proud of her.
P Murphy said:
We was told after my second son was out of the NICU that the first 14 days was hour by hour. Which means that he could die at anytime. But they was good enough to keep us positive about him living during that time.
Its so scary, and you feel so helpless, not being able to do much more than hold and feed them. Thank Goodness, your son was all good.