Thursday, September 16, 2010

James Fulton

After an 8 hour labor I gave birth to James Fulton at 1:48am on Thursday, September 16th - my younger brother's birthday.  James weighed 9lbs 12oz.  The labor was the best I've ever had.  My water broke while on a walk around the neighborhood with Travis - right in front of the AC church during their Wednesday night service.  My apologies!!!

James is a family name on my side, my bil's middle name, and one of my patron's - I was born on St. James the Greater's feast day.  Fulton, of course, is for the great Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

James, who did very well during the labor, was born without a heart beat.  After a few minutes of giving him oxygen and chest compressions, 911 was called.  Tavis also baptised him.  We are very grateful to the men and women EMTs and paramedics from Goodfield, Eureka and Congerville who came very quickly and transported James and I to the OSF.  We are also grateful to our friend Jenny W. who attended the birth as a photographer but pitched in as a former pediatrics nurse when things got hairy.  She also rode with Travis and James in the ambulance.

Fortunately, I did not need any stitches and my postpartum bleeding has been very light so I was able to go to the hospital and see my son very easily and quickly.

Another blessing was having Msgr Bliss, the hospital chaplain, and Fr. D, my spiritual director and former pastor, waiting for us at the hospital.  They arranged for James to be confirmed, we chose for him the name Linus.

Without going into all the details of what is, or might be wrong, with James I will say that he is in stable yet critical condition at the NICU at OSF.  At this point they are running tests, keeping him on a cooling pad to help with any possible brain and organ damage, and he is currently sedated.  We probably won't be able to hold him for 3-5 more days, which is incredibly difficult, as I'm sure you can imagine.

The rest of us are all doing fairly well, albeit tired, worried, and sore (me).

We would like to publicly thank our many friends who prayed for us throughout the labor and are praying right now.  Thank you also to Katie, our incomprable friend, who made us food, stayed with the kids while we were at the hospital, and helped me through afterbirth pains today.  Our moms have also been tremendous helpers and generous givers.  Thank you to my sister-in-law who also has helped with Lydia and Bennet.  We are so very, very blessed.

And now we ask that you will pray for our son.  Please pray through the intercession of St. James, St. Linus, and Archbishop Sheen.  If James comes through with no problems we will defintely attribute it to a miracle for our local saint. 

PLEASE PRAY!

20 comments:

  1. oh my goodness, Bonnie! I'll be praying for James and your family!

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  2. Lifting you all up. Love you guys lots!

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  3. I am praying for you, your family, and your beautiful baby boy, Bonnie. Love always.

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  4. Bonnie, we are most certainly praying...

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  5. We are keeping you in our prays also!

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  6. praying for you all

    -Jordan

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  7. Oh my goodness...just read this. Would you like company tomorrow? I could come and visit anytime (I work 8-4:30...can come after work, too). I understand if you don't though, as visitors can be as overwhelming as they are a blessing. Love you. Praying for you.

    Em

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  8. Love, love, love the middle name! Congratulations!

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  9. We are praying so hard for you.

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  10. bonnie i'm sobbing...im praying like crazy

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  11. Oh, Bonnie - the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray for you and the baby in the middle of the night last night. I hadn't been able to check blogs in more than a week and wasn't sure if I'd even missed the birth. What a miracle that God Himself made it a point to steer me to pray for the two of you when I had no idea what was going on. I will certainly continue to pray for sweet baby James. Bless you all.

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  12. Bonnie (and family), we hold you in the Light that does not fade. May you feel healing and peace in this time of uncertainty. May you hold each other together and so find strength. -Linnea

    PS: I hope you won't mind, but I've shared this prayer request with some friends who are probably better pray-ers than me.

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  13. Bonnie,
    I said a rosary for James last night and am praying again this morning. I wanted to let you know that I posted a comment on Conversion Diary's Quick Takes today asking for prayers for you. Since you sometimes post there, I thought some of the readers may know you and want to pray. I hope that was okay - more prayers can never hurt, right? Sending my love.

    Marie

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  14. Thinking about you and your family, and most importantly, James. Prayers to a great recovery!

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  15. Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of You Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit.

    If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, by granting the favor we now request through his prayerful intercession, the complete healing of James Fulton.

    We make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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  16. Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of You Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit.

    If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, by granting the favor we now request through his prayerful intercession, the complete healing of James Fulton.

    We make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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  17. Travis and Bonnie and James,

    Be assured of my prayers for you all, especially during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on this, the feast of St. Robert Bellarmine.
    Father Caster

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  18. Thank you and God bless you all!

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