Callan was less than 12 hours old when he had difficulty breathing and turned blue. It happened twice in two hours, and the second episode was longer than I was able to handle comfortably. So Jason and I made the difficult decision to bring him into the ER last night. They admitted him onto the pediatric floor for observation, and we were there from around 3 a.m. until 1 p.m. Now we are home.
In the end, there is no clear reason why he is choking. His lungs are clear, his blood tests were fine, and hours on an apnea monitor revealed no problems. He just has extra fluid, perhaps from a quick passage through the birth canal (labor was long, but the pushing phase was very short) and being born in his bag of waters. He chokes on it and can’t breathe, sometimes for uncomfortably long seconds, and it worries me. But we are praying that it gets better as he goes through his first few days.
Please join me in praying that this stops soon. It often happens when I’m changing his diaper, which is not something I can avoid doing.