Hello Friends and Family,
Today my son, Desmond Marcelo Hayes, entered the world. Ten weeks early. On Good Friday. By cesarean section. He entered the world at 2 lbs 4.8 oz (1046 grams). He is in the 16th percentile for babies born at his gestational age (how old he’d be if he was still in the uterus). I almost have no words.
I actually don’t even know where to start, or if I should start. So I will keep it short. The severity of the preeclampsia caused Desmond to be better off outside the womb than in it. So that’s what happened. Tanya is recovering, and we’ll spend a few nights here at the UW. Desmond, on the other hand, will spend about 10 weeks in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). We’re so very blessed that he was born in one of the best hospitals in the world.
I will not be posting any pictures here for a while (or on Facebook for a long time). I intend to keep it that way for good reason. My son is small, in an incubator, and under great care. When he’s big enough and healthy enough, you will all get to see a photo. And in 10 weeks or so, you will all get to see him face to face. For now, thank you for your patience, support, love, prayers and friendship. We cherish it dearly.
It’s certainly not easy for Tanya and I to be separated from our brand new baby boy. I mean, we’re going to have to go home at some point, with him in the NICU. We will get to visit him as much as we want while he’s here at the UW. And trust me, when the time is right, I’ll let you know when you can come scrub in and see him too.
So here we are. 11pm on a Friday night. And I’m totally beside myself and out of words. All I can say is that God is still in control, still has a perfect plan, and all we can do is trust Him.
Please keep praying for Desmond and our family. We love you guys.
Nick, Tanya, and Desmond