My name is Cortney and I found out I had Intrahepatic Cholestatis at 12 weeks. I was told all the risks associated with my condition and the worst case was a still birth. I was slightly concerned but had read so many stories about healthy babies with this condition. My doctor recommended an induction at 36 weeks. The baby was measuring at a healthy small size so we proceeded. I was told at 36 weeks the baby may need time in the NICU but I figured my baby would be great and wouldn't need it. After a smooth delivery I was asked to kiss my baby so he could go to the NICU for monitoring. Little did I know what was taking place. When I could get to a wheelchair we went to visit our new little one. With tears in my eyes I looked at that helpless 5 lb baby and couldn't do anything. He was hooked up to all kinds of monitors and tubes and had a cpap machine covering his little face. I knew I had to be strong for him. After 24 hours I was sent home. From there I would begin the NICU journey. I was going in anywhere from 2-4 times a day to see him and feed him. Thank God we lived within 3 miles of the hospital. I don't know how people do it when they live far away. I also had a 2 year old to take care of so that presented other challenges. I wasn't able to hold my baby for the first few days and I couldn't breast feed till day 5. We spent 16 days there and it was no easy road. I am blessed for the friends I made in that NICU as well as the amazing nurses who treated my baby as if He was their own. I knew he would grow but I had to let Jesus take the wheel and in his timing my baby would be healed. I am amazed at how far he has come in just 4 months! God is good!!
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