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Monday, April 23, 2012

6 years ago today

I became a mama for the 2nd time around.  Matthew Allen came into the world at 10:12 Sunday morning, weighing in at 5 lbs 9 oz, and 18 inches long.  He is named after my brother-in-law Matt, and my dad's middle name was Allen. 2 great men. It was a bad pregnancy, I had high blood pressure, and diabetes. I was put on bedrest 7.5 weeks before Matty was born, 4 weeks early, because my blood pressure was still on the rise.  I was a nervous wreck, I just KNEW something was wrong with him and as they were prepping me for the C-Section my heart rate was hanging out between 180-195, the nurse and doctor kept telling me I needed to calm down or I would have a heart attack, but I had to hear him cry before I would feel better.... Andy brought him to me all bundled up and he was beautiful, I kissed him on the head and Andy took him to be checked.  About 2 or so hours later the pediatrician came in to discuss our options, they had put a breathing tent on him, but it wasn't helping as they had hoped, he had to be transported to a hospital that had a NICU (because of our insurance at the time I delivered at a different hospital than the one I had William in).
The ambulance came and they prepped Matthew for transport, I still had not held him or gotten a good look at him.  He was brought into my room so I could see him, William was sitting on my bed and when they brought Matty in William looked at him and said he wanted to hold him, everyone was in tears so they took him out in the isolette, and William started to cry and said "Don't take our baby!", I had to explain to him that brother was sick, and they had to take him to another hospital where they would take care of him.  Andy followed the ambulance to LDS hospital and I had to stay, because of the c-section.

I finally got to hold him when he was a week old. Lots of emotions and ups and downs and 3 weeks later, we brought Matthew home.  One thing about babies that spend time in the NICU is that they come home on a schedule, he was sleeping 6 hours at night at about 8 weeks, it was bliss.  Once home he grew quickly.  And I couldn't imagine my life without my Matty!! He is SO sweet and still cuddles with me every now and then.  Here are 6 things I adore about Matthew

1. His contagious laugh
2. His silky blond hair that never stays put, he always has hair sticking up somewhere, no matter what I do!!
3. The fact that he will jump out of pants and into "comfy shorts", the second we walk in the door from anywhere.
4. His ginormous heart and love that he has for everyone.
5. He has the BEST imagination and can keep himself busy with a box of legos or a light saber for hours.
6. How much he idolizes his big brother, he can't wait to be big like Will!!

I love you Matty!! I wish I could put you in a bubble and keep you just the way you are forever!

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