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Baby Abel’s Newborn Session – Kala Rath Photography

“My son Abel’s birth story is a special and rare one. My pregnancy was pretty easy. Besides me being super busy with being a full time student and having a part time internship I felt great! It was a pretty regular Thursday: go to work, go to class, eat lunch, study for 5 hours, then huge tax exam at 5:25, then study for my government exam coming up. But as I went to turn in my tax exam I noticed my back was aching, and I really didn’t want to get up and move around. At only 30 weeks I was really hoping whatever it was would pass and I’d move on to studying because it was much too early. I had made it over to our campus center and had to sit down with my head on the table so I didn’t feel like I was going to fall. My husband came and got me and after attempting to go home we headed to the hospital. Upon arriving they did their usual routine and we discovered two things: I had severe preeclampsia with my blood pressure a shocking 185/117 and my urine was as black as coffee. Then the nurse proceeded to push 13 doses of blood pressure medication in one hour and then about 7 more throughout the night. When my doctor came to see me the next morning and tells me there hadn’t been much change in my blood pressure we had to schedule a c-section for Sunday. I had already received one steroid shot and needed another in 24 hours to help his lungs develop faster. At 11:30 am or so my doctor comes back and says there’s currently someone in the OR but once they are finished your next. Meaning no 2nd steroid shot for Abel. As everyone began prepping me for surgery I was surprisingly calm. The CRNA came in and started explaining how everything was going to happen and then a nurse peeked her head in the room and notified them my platelets had bottomed out and I had HELLP Syndrome. This meant a change in game plan for the surgery. I had to be put under full anesthesia, they needed another IV to give my platelets, and my husband was no longer allowed in the OR with me. As the nurses and doctors tell me all this information all I can think is “ok I’ll do whatever we need to do”. I don’t think I realized quite the seriousness of my situation. It never even crossed my mind that one of use could not make it. But my husband who’s in nursing school and his mother who is also a nurse knew exactly what was going on, and how serious the situation truly was. Something as small as if the OR had been empty and they rushed me to surgery before they got my labs back, could have made the difference between life and death. And I thank God and the woman in there before me for saving my life. At only 31 weeks, Abel Connor was welcomed into the world at 4:56 pm on November 13th, weighing 3 pounds and 5 ounces and 16 3/4 inches long. When he was born he wasn’t breathing and the neonatologist intubated him and gave him medicine to expand his lungs. Thankfully the medicine worked perfectly and he was breathing completely on his own without even oxygen in 72 hours. I didn’t get to see him in person for the first 24 hours because I wasn’t allowed out of bed. The medicine I was on made it to where I couldn’t see very good so I couldn’t even make out a picture of him until about 12 hours after surgery. I was discharged 4 days later, but Abel then spent four and a half weeks in the NICU and proved to everyone he was a fighter. The nurses and doctors had warned me that particularly white boy babies were usually the slowest at getting healthy and out of the hospital. They call them ” wimpy white boys”. Well Abel proved them wrong! He blew us all away with the milestones he was conquering. He sucked on his pacifier at only 48 hours old, took his first bottle like a champ, and was gaining weight consistently. I am still so proud of him! I thank God everyday for blessing me with such a sweet little angel, and for helping both of us conqueror our sickness. I wouldn’t have been able to make it those 4.5 weeks with out relying on my almighty God to answer my prayers and the prayers of others. He had a plan from the very beginning and all I had to do was follow his guidance and lean on him when I was scared. Abel is my miracle baby and I will not take one day for granted that I have with him. We love him beyond words can say.”IMG_6591 FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERFAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

 

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