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“Mrs. Flake, this is Dr. …, I hate doing this over the phone, but I need to tell you that your baby is very sick and there is a chance he is not going to make it.”  Those are the words I had to hear from a Dr. the day after Paxton was born.  I was in complete shock then went into a massive breakdown as you could imagine.

Let me take you back 4 weeks ago.  On Sunday September 2nd, Cullen and I put the boys to bed then watched a movie together. I joked saying, wouldn’t it be fun to have the baby on Labor Day?!  Well, that is exactly what happened.  We went to the hospital at 5am, early Monday morning.  I had contractions all night long and sure enough I was indeed in labor.  The nurse took my blood pressure a couple times and it was much higher than it usually was so they decided I could have Pre-eclampsia which meant I needed to be on a horrible medication called magnesium sulfate to prevent going into seizures.  Yikes. Great start, huh?

I thought, how bad could this medication really be…..well, it sucked….big time.  Has anyone else had to be on it?  Let’s just say, you feel like you have the flu and you have double vision, which was a total nightmare.  I’ll never forget trying to see what time it was throughout the day and I kept seeing 2 clocks on the wall.  You can’t focus on anything.  So…I had to be on that before delivery and 24 hours after.  Fun stuff 🙂

I immediately requested the epidural.  I don’t know what has changed in the last 7 years, but I could still feel my legs and thought, this can’t be good.  I am going to feel everything.  Sure enough, the epidural did not work that great.  I still felt the contractions most of the time.  Nightmare.  Ok, fast forward a few hours and Paxton was finally born at 4:22pm.  He was beautiful.  The pain I felt was gone as soon as he came.

They laid sweet Paxton on my chest for about 20 minutes.  He had the pulse ox on his hand so they could watch his oxygen level.  At first all was well, but the nurse was a little concerned that his oxygen level was a little low so she took him to the Dr. to get checked out further.  That was the last I saw Paxton at the hospital I delivered him at.  I had no idea what was ahead.

Within a couple hours I was told that Paxton needed to be transferred to another hospital that was more equipped to help his lungs.  I thought, ok this is just like what my 7 year old had when he was born.  Since they were both 3 weeks early, they needed help developing their lungs for a few days.  Boy was I wrong.

A few hours after they transferred Paxton, I got the dreaded phone call from the Dr. telling me how sick Paxton was and that there was a chance he wasn’t going to make it.  He needed to be transferred to Children’s LA Hospital immediately.  I could not even believe what I was hearing.  Could I really lose this sweet baby boy that was just laying perfectly on my chest the day before?  Needless to say I was a train wreck in my hospital room.  I was all by myself left with those horrible words going over and over in my head from the Dr. and I couldn’t stop crying.  It was uncontrollable.  I have honestly never felt so much heartache in my life.

Fast forward to the next morning.  My mom, dad and sister came in from AZ when they heard the news.  Thank goodness they came.  I desperately needed them. My mom stayed at the hospital with me and I got released Wednesday morning.  At this point Paxton was at Children’s LA Hospital, one of the best hospitals in the country that specializes in helping the sickest babies.

There is no one who could have prepared me for how I was about to see my sweet baby boy.

I will never forget walking through the cold NICCU doors for the first time seeing my sweet Paxton laying lifeless in his plastic little bed with tubes and wires over his entire body.  He was on a high frequency ventillator which shook his whole chest with air.  I had never seen anything like it.  It was horrible.  Paxton had what was called Persistent Pulminary Hypertension that they believe he got from an infection while he was being delivered.  Possibly from swallowing his meconium.  I was so confused and scared.

To make a long story short, Paxton was at Children’s LA for 2 weeks.  It seemed like an eternity.  I drove every single day for an hour and a half each way to sit with my little boy.  The nurses and Dr.’s were wonderful.  They taught me so much about the condition Paxton had and told me once he is better there will be no long term effects.  I was so grateful to hear this.

Cullen and I spent long days and nights in that NICCU room watching, waiting and sometimes sleeping.  I won’t miss this one bit.  After 2 weeks, the Dr.’s at Children’s LA decided Paxton was well enough to be transferred back to our hospital.  He had more healing to do, but was no longer in danger.

Once Paxton was transferred back to our hospital, his progress was better and better.  He quickly got off of his medication and we even got to hold him for the first time in 2 weeks.

 Can you imagine not holding your new baby for 2 weeks?!  It was so hard, but talk about a sweet moment when I got to hold him again.

On September 25th we got to take him home!  I have never been so grateful.  We could finally start our life with our new baby boy.  Mason and Brady were so anxious to have their baby brother in our home.  It was without a doubt the longest 3 weeks of our lives.

We’ve had Paxton home for 5 days and he is the sweetest little boy we could have ever asked for.  I am grateful everyday for him.  Through this whole experience, I received so many emails, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram comments from all of you praying for Paxton.  I am so thankful and grateful he had prayers coming from all over the country.  What a lucky little boy 🙂

Every time he falls asleep he smiles.  I can’t help but think he’s still in touch with the angels.  It melts my heart.  Thanks again for all of your support, we love you all!


The Flake Family

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  1. 51
    Kelly Miller says:

    You have such a beautiful and wonderful story. I’m sooo glad that Paxton will be ok. He is beautiful. Thanks for all the recipes and stories.


  2. 52
    Lynne Laino says:

    You were so brave not letting on how scary it was. He is such a beautiful baby and I can’t believe all those smiles . . . until I saw your words about still being watched by the angels. It melted my heart. You know that’s it! Blessings and continued prayers for you and your beautiful family

  3. 53
    Jennifer says:

    So happy for all of you that little Paxton is doing well and at home! Totally love his smile and he is just adorable!

  4. 54
    annette says:

    God has blessed all of you!

  5. 55
    Amy Reeder says:

    What a blessing! He is SO SWEET!! Thank you for sharing your story, so glad everyone is healthy again!!!

  6. 56

    Oh my goodness… I can’t stop crying. 🙁 I followed your story on Instagram the entire time. I am so sorry you had to go through this! But I am so so so glad that your beautiful, amazing little boy is with you at home. God Bless Him!!
    I had my baby in June and she was also low on oxygen when she was born…scariest few hours of my freakin’ life. I refused to get an epi, but they gave me a pain killer just to ease the pain a bit…yeah right! They also didn’t tell me that this drug was going to affect my daughter and her breathing. I couldn’t see her until about 7 hours after she was born. 🙁

  7. 57
    Peggy W. says:

    Wow…what a story! I am glad he is healthy and home. He is so beautiful and yes, he is talking to the angels with those smiles!

  8. 58
    Tricia says:

    What a sweet little boy and I am so glad he is home and healthy and you can be with ALL your boys! Enjoy him Jen!

  9. 59
    Sheila lamare says:

    Thank you for reliving your story, it must have been really hard for you. Now you’re back home you can at last relax and enjoy your beautiful baby boy. Very Best wishes. Sheila xxx

  10. 60
    Debbie P says:

    Congrats on a beautiful baby boy! I also had preeclampsia and had magnesium. It was terrible – the doctor would try to tell me something, and I would cover one eye and make him repeat it two more times. Miserable! My daughter was born 3 1/2 weeks early – she was very sick when she was born so I did not get to see her for 24 hours. I can’t even imagine the heartache you endured though! My story is not as overwhelming! My blood pressure never went back down though, and I have been on blood pressure medication for almost 16 years now. Hopefully you’ve recovered fully!!

  11. 61
    annabelle says:

    I have tears in my eyes, I know what is to have a very sick little baby and then know everything is going to be ok, God works in a wonderful way and never abandons his children. Thank God, pax is doing great and I love seeing his pic in instagram.

  12. 62
    Cassie says:

    Thank goodness for a healthy baby, and for strong parents like you guys. I can’t imagine this. Your strength is inspirational. Paxton is beautiful!

  13. 63

    So glad all of you are healthy and together! Thanks for sharing this testimony to the grace of God and the power of prayer!

  14. 64
    Kristy Fife says:

    Oh Jenny! Such a great and moving story. I’m glad you shared it with all of us. I’m sorry you had to go through that, but boy, isn’t he just adorable!!! 🙂 I’m glad your family of 5 is back home and all together. Congratulations again!

  15. 65
    Brenda Cslhoun says:

    Thanking God for the outcome! The power of prayer is amazing! Take care & enjoy your precious family. Love ya! Brenda

  16. 66
    Carole Resnick says:

    Dearest Flakes. Glad Paxton is home. The smile on his little face tells he is a happy little boy. I can relate to what he went through as I was in a coma for the last 3 weeks of July and then a month in rehab. I am getting in-home therapy.

    Try not to dwell on the past. It was a horrible experience but there is nothing you can do to change it. May you and Paxton as well as all the Flakes have bright tomorrows.

  17. 67
    Heather says:

    My eyes teared up. Oh, the things we go thru to have our babies… What a scary, stressful time for you and your family. I’m sure you’ll be extra tired for awhile. SO glad you have a happy ending! Prayers for rejuvenation for you all and continued healing for your littlest.

  18. 68
    Donna Hurst says:

    So thankful that prayers were answered and your beautiful handsome boy is home with you and doing well. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. 69
    Jane says:

    I’m so glad little Paxton is in your arms now! When my 2nd child was born, he had to have surgery and was in a hospital an hour away for 5 1/2 weeks. Thank God he was fine after that, but we never forgot how hard it was to go through it.

    All my best to your family! Enjoy that sweet boy! 🙂

  20. 70
    Barbara Osborn says:

    That is the sweetest story. You are so blessed. Enjoy your little bundle , because they grow up so fast.

  21. 71
    Ashley says:

    I just started crying in the middle of the nail salon reading this! What a brave, beautiful baby and family you have. I’m so glad that all is well, and pray God continues to bless your family and little boys!

  22. 72
    Esi says:

    I can only imagine the fear you must have felt. So happy for you and your family that Paxton is better and home.

  23. 73

    I’m so sorry you had to endure such a stressful month! I’m so happy for you and your sweet little boy to be home together now! Hugs to you both!!

  24. 74
    Amber says:

    I don’t even know you but I am crying just seeing that picture of your little boy hooked up to all the tubes and wires. How heartbreaking! I’m so glad he is well, and home with your family now. 🙂

  25. 75
    Connie says:

    What a beautiful baby! I am sitting here in front of my computer on my lunch hour with tears in my eyes. Thank God he is OK, now Mom and Dad need to heal from the experience. Congratulations on the birth of your new son.

  26. 76
    Amy @MoMomma says:

    I’m so happy your little guy is doing well. We too have been on that same roller coaster, and it is not easy. Baby #1 was not going to make it and I had emergency c-section at 30wks, he was 1 lb 3 oz and not doing well. He coded at 1 wk old and they were able to revive him. I was finally able to hold him when he was about 1 month old and getting over a horrible infection. The NICU is not a place you want to learn to be a mother but I’m so grateful for the amazing nurses & doctors. After three months we were able to take our tiny miracle home. Baby #2 came just like yours at 34 weeks, emergency c-section due to moms pre-e. Mag Sulfate made me just about flip out and my BP was through the roof. I was not able to leave the hospital for 10 days, luckily the NICU was just down the hall so I could see my little guy anytime. HUGS to you for going through such a challenging time in your life. Our miracles our worth it all 🙂

  27. 77
    Maria says:

    Wow Jenny,

    I am feeling so emotional after reading that. I can’t imagine the emotions you have gone through in the last month, especially the day you got that call from the Dr. and were all alone in your hostpital room. What a Miracle that your sweet Paxton is healed and home with you now. I am so happy for your family and pray you will never have to know such anguish agian. God Bless.


  28. 78
    lindsay says:


    I went through a similar experience and know what it’s like to have your baby in the NICU. I’m so happy he is well and you have him home. Best wishes to your family!

  29. 79

    First off, Paxton is ADORABLE!I have been a follower for some time now but have never commented. As a Mom of two boys, I can’t imagine what you went through! So glad to see him home and your family together 🙂

  30. 80
    Jen says:

    Jenny, I love your blog and following the stories of your adorable family along with the delicious food. I was so happy to hear that you were expecting another baby and couldn’t wait to hear about his arrival. I was so sorry to hear about the ordeal you all went through and can’t imagine how hard it was for your family and dear Paxton. I am so relieved and happy to hear Paxton is home and doing fine. He is so sweet and the picture of him smiling when he goes to sleep is precious. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  31. 81

    I have no words, Jenny. None at all. You are amazing and your baby is perfect. I love you.

  32. 82
    Sarah E. says:

    You are one tough momma! That is so much to go through – can’t imagine how scared you (and your hubs and boys) felt. I’m so happy to hear that he is home, safe and sound and doing well 🙂 He’s so sweet!

  33. 83
    Ellen ross says:

    What an angel! You are blessed!

  34. 84
    Laura A. says:

    Jenny — First, I love your blog. Second – thank you so much for sharing Paxton’s amazing story! You and your husband had to be so brave to deal with all of that! I am so happy that Paxton is home with you — and I bet his big brothers love him so very much already! I wish you and your family all the best!!

  35. 85
    Deborah says:

    What a little miracle!! I am so happy for you and your family, Jenny, and wish you all the best now that this sweet angel is home with you!

  36. 86
    garysgirl says:

    I can’t imagine going through all of that, Jenny. Sounds so awful! But I am SO very happy that he’s doing so well now! Thanks be to God! 🙂 I’ve had 2 home births myself so I’ve never had any experiences with the drugs they give you at the hospital for a delivery but you’re not the first person I’ve heard of that’s had a bad time with those drugs. I’m so sorry you had such a bad time with them. What a nightmare! So glad everything’s ok now. Blessings to you and your sweet family!

  37. 87
    Meagan says:

    I’m so incredibly happy that your beautiful son has turned that incredibly challenging corner – challenging for your whole family! And what a sweet, sweet smile – you all are blessed!!

  38. 88
    Emily says:

    Beautiful words, I have tears just reading about your journey! So happy that he is home where he belongs 🙂

  39. 89
    Lori says:

    thank you for sharing your story… It brings tears to my eyes and makes me so grateful for the power of prayer. It also makes me realize how lucky I am to have 2 healthy boys and to never take that for granted. So glad you are all home and healthy!

  40. 90

    OH JENNY!!! My heart breaks for what you went through and I’m totally full of tears. Oh dear. I’m so so so happy that your little guy is with you and well and smiling 🙂 Thank goodness for the Doctors and nurses and what they were able to do for him. You have been through so much. Enjoy your little guy and I can’t wait to meet him!! XOXO

  41. 91
    Heather says:

    Hi Jenny! I have been following your blog for quite some time now but never commented. I am wife, mommy (of one sweet little redhead who tried to come at 32 weeks which I was also on Mag for :-(), photographer, and NICU nurse :-). Just a few sentences into this post I thought to myself…”I wonder if it was PPHN?”. Although the NICU is a second home for me I still got tears in my eyes reading your story. So thankful your sweet boy is doing better! Thank you for sharing your story with others as most people have no idea that this can even happen to a term newborn. Hope all is well now that you are home and that you are getting some rest ;-).

  42. 92

    Your story is almost heartbreaking. I am so glad that Paxton is doing great now. I just had my son at the end of July and I could not imagine going through what you went through. You are a strong person!

  43. 93
    Chrissi says:

    thanks for sharing your amazing journey. he is precious! i too have had to be on that nasty medicine, a cross between the worst hangover and the worse cast of flu! I did not expereince such a roller coaster but the first of my kiddos had to spend time in the NICU as well…didnt hold or see her until she was about 8 hours old. didnt matter in the least that I was a nurse, as a new mother you feel totally helpless and every worse case scenario enters your mind.
    I am glad to hear you are home and everyone can bond!

  44. 94

    I am so sorry you had to go through that!! Thank GOD he is OK and healthy. Prayer is powerful 🙂

  45. 95

    Wow Jenny – this is a very touching story. I’m so glad that He still performs His miracles to date and to your family’s life. So happy to see Paxton’s cute smiles.

  46. 96
    Sophia says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I’m so happy that little Paxton made it through and is finally home. Much grace and blessing to you and your family. Love your recipes, btw!

  47. 97
    Stephanie says:

    He is so precious, Jenny! So sorry you had to go through such trauma, but thankful your boy is happy at home now.
    I had to be on mag several times in my pregnancies due to pre term labor. Ugh, it’s awful!
    My twins were in the NICU for 3 weeks, and you’re right, it’s crazy hard! So glad he is home now!
    Now go enjoy some baby snuggles 🙂

  48. 98
    JulieD says:

    I can’t imagine what you all went through, Jenny! So glad he’s home where he belongs. Been thinking of you and your family throughout this ordeal and am so happy for you now. A heartfelt congratulations and tons of hugs from Florida!

  49. 99
    Amanda says:

    Paxton is such a handsome little guy!! So glad he is home with his sweet family. What a lucky little guy!

  50. 100
    linda says:

    you are in my thoughts & prayers. thank goodness all is good after such a nightmarish beginning. may paxton be blessed with all the good & magic that life offers.

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