I finally tracked down his birth statistics, so here they are:
Ward Arthur Horne
Born 2:33 a.m. **Tuesday, August 14, 2012
5 lbs, 13 oz.**18.5 inches
Yesterday we were at the hospital in Provo, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (UVRMC), for an appointment with the perinatologist to monitor my gestational diabetes. We took all of the kids with us since it was an ultrasound and they like to see "brother baby," even if he's only in black and white.
It struck me while waiting for the elevator that UVRMC was where Maggie was in the NICU when she had a Group B Strep infection and that she hadn't been back there since she was discharged as a two week old. While we stood there, I told her about how she'd been sick as a baby, and lived there for a little while. She thought that was pretty neat, and decided that every picture of a baby on the wall was of her. It was a very scary experience, and I didn't handle it very well. BUT, it did end well, and it gave me many opportunities to see the Lord's hand in our lives. Yesterday, I had no idea how comforting that experience would be to me today.
Today Ward finds himself sick and living in the NICU at UVRMC. His little lungs are struggling to find air, and his circulation is very poor. Initially thought to be side effects of an early delivery, now it seems that it's the very same Group B Strep that landed Princess Maggie in the very same place.
I got to hold Ward for just one minute when they transferred him to the incubator (above) for transport in the "life flight" from Orem Community Hospital to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Lots of tears make my eyes do weird things. I am not that sad or worried, but the tears keep coming.
Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support. It means the world to us.
There's more to Ward's birth story, but I'll get to that later.