WOW! Chris calls me at work on Monday night and says I should come home because the Dr. wants to see her in the hospital due to some more contractions. I punched out at 5:15 PM , picked her up at home and drove to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids by 6 PM. It was kind of a fast ride! The next thing you know they say she is in active labor and at 7:21 PM Andrew James Kelley came into the world by c-section. He has some Down Syndrome features, but is beautiful nonetheless. 50% of Down Syndrome kids are born with heart defects, Andrew has none (as evidenced by an echocardiogram)! Also, they did an ultrasound of his head because an old ultrasound showed mildly enlarged brain ventricles, and that was normal too! They also did a kidney ultrasound and one was a little small and the other a little big. So far no one seems worried about that, but he is whizzing up a little yellow storm! If not for the duodenal atresia (obstruction in the small intestine), we would be going home soon.
As it is, he is having surgery to repair the atresia Thursday morning at 11:45 AM. Please remember him at that time. Surgery should last 2 hours. After that it's all recovery time, which will take a few weeks.
Chris is doing good, walking around some and eating. She should be discharged on Friday and we plan on staying at the hospitality house attached to the hospital.
Thank you all so much for your prayers. God continues to provide more than we need, and has blessed us with a beautiful son.