Around 4:45am on Monday (March 7th), Laura woke up to use the restroom — typical of her 26-week pregnant self at that hour. As she walked back to bed, she began bleeding. Immediately she woke me up and I rushed her to Winnie Palmer Hospital.
By the time she was admitted to the hospital, the bleeding had stopped. Nonetheless, the staff hooked her up to an IV and refused to let her eat or drink while they checked her vitals and checked on the baby via sonogram, heart monitors, etc.
Around 8 hours later, the doctors finished their rounds with Laura, now up on the 5th floor. At that point, she was doing pretty well. No more bleeding and the baby was still “sounding” good. They had to keep moving the heart monitor around to keep up with him because he was active that morning. The doctors said that she had a low-lying placenta, that a blood clot was keeping things at bay at this point, and that they wanted to keep her for 48 hours just to monitor everything. They talked about sending her home though, and possibly even making it to full term.
She was free to eat and drink again, so quickly I made my way down to the cafeteria to get mama something to eat. When I got back ten minutes later with her lunch—just 15 minutes after the docs gave her the green-light to eat— Laura went to the bathroom and suddenly…bleeding. Lots of bleeding. That wouldn’t stop.
Thankfully the doctors were still on our floor and ran in. A few minutes later they rushed her into surgery, called her OB doctor, who rushed over, and within a few minutes, at 2:01pm, delivered our baby boy at 2lb 4oz and 14 3/4 inches long.
As some of you know, we tend to be slow in picking names for our kids, and we sure weren’t ready with this one 14 weeks early. After 3 days of Birth Registry calling to ask what name we’d chosen, we finally had something to tell them: Isaiah Owen.
Isaiah means “God saves” and Owen means “young warrior.” That’s our little guy.
If we hadn’t already been at the hospital when this happened, it would’ve been quite dangerous. God truly did save my wife and son.
We’d like to introduce Isaiah Owen Slezak, born this Monday, March 7th by emergency c-section at 26 weeks. He was 2 lbs 4 oz and 14 3/4″ long. So far his vitals are good and he’s breathing on his own. Mom is in pain but recovering and being discharged today. Isaiah will stay here in the NICU at Winnie Palmer for a while. Our best guess right now is 9-10 weeks.
We have a big journey ahead but are grateful our little guy can be at such a great hospital for preemies.
The story of how this all happened will come, but for now, here’s our little peanut: