Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our New Baby

Several months ago I paused my blog after announcing that we were expecting our 3rd baby in July. We were thrilled to be having another little Souza join our clan, but we in no way anticipated what an adventure this pregnancy would be for us. 

At our second routine ultrasound, they discovered that our baby boy had swelling in his entire urinary system. The doctor quickly made an appointment for us at UCSF and we traveled there for care in the next few days. 
The doctors there diagnosed our baby as having a condition called Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV), which are flaps of skin in the urethra that block urine from exiting the bladder. The blockage was causing urine to back up into his bladder, ureters & kidneys. 
Since he needs intervention and possible surgery after birth, we decided to schedule an induction at UCSF for July 17th, one week before his due date. 

This was a good idea, but unknown to us, God had a different plan and we found our adventure continuing as baby decided to come one month early. This is the story of his birth and what follows. I will try to keep everything as updated as possible for those of you at home who are following what's happening.