Our New Bundle and His Dramatic Story

“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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181 Responses
  1. Abigail

    I’m going through this right now…
    A little bit of a different situation, but a lot of the feelings and milestones are the same. We’re two weeks in and still have a long way to go. He was on a hifi vent, we didn’t get to hold him until just recently. The first time I held him was when he was born, but he was a limp body. He had no oxygen for 10+ minutes….
    Thank you for your story. It helps to give me hope…

  2. Anne

    I just started following you and reading your blog and was truly touched by this story. I am so happy to know that your littlest man is doing well and thriving by the looks of it! I have 3 young boys as well and can’t imagine what you went through. God bless.

  3. Sarah

    Cutest baby ever! So happy to hear the happy “ending” to this story of Paxton getting better and coming home with his family, where he belongs.

  4. I was referred to your blog by a friend and clicked on the link in your year-in-review post.

    Unfortunately I know what a scary, scary time that must have been for you all.

    Our youngest grandson came 5 weeks early, just like his older sister and was transferred to a children’s hospital in St. Louis, just like his older sister – supposedly to just get a little help with breathing since he came so early. We expected him to be there a week or less, just like his older sister. The day after he was born, my daughter got a call very similar to yours … T#3 was suffering from Persistent Pulminary Hypertension and had a pneumothorax from the high frequency ventilator. ECMO was the next step. Thankfully, like your little guy, T#3 is just fine … a 5 y.o. full of life and energy … but those 5 weeks in the NICU were the scariest time of my life.

  5. Melissa

    I could be reading my own story, except for a more dramatic entrance (footling breech = c-section) and instead of the infection, my daughter had seizures. That was indeed the longest three weeks of my life and the scariest thing I’ve ever gone through. She is now four years old and has been weaned from all seziure medicines since Nov 2010 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bless you for sharing your story and I’m glad that he’s doing better!

  6. lisa

    Jenny .. I have been following your blog for quite some time now ..so happy I found your baby story post ..totally missed it ..thank goodness your little bundle is doing well ..how scary for everyone to go through that ..I have 3 boys 16, 13 and my baby who is only 7 ..my middle boy had a similar experience ..not as scary as yours ….congrats to you and your family and I am soo happy everyone is well!!

  7. How in the world did I miss your birth story? Oh, sweetie, I am sitting hear crying for you and all you have had to go through. I am so thankful baby Paxton is home and safe and sound. I can’t imagine what you have been through! When you get a moment, please message me your mailing address. I want to knit a little something for your little cutie!

    PS- My cookbook arrived! SWOON! Jenny, it is BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to start cooking in it! So incredibly proud of you on the birth of yet another baby!


  8. Oh my goodness Jenny! I have been so caught up with work and everything else in my busy house that I’m behind in blogging and even reading my favorite blogs and didn’t know that you’d had him so early!! I’m glad that everything worked out okay and that there won’t be any long term effects! Phew!! Enjoy your three boys! I’m sure that the older two will have so much fun with him! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Libby

    Jenny!!! I finally just read all about your crazy story!!! I had heard bits and pieces, but didn’t know all that you went through til just now. I’m so sorry that you had guys had to go through all of that. He sure is a handsome little man. That little grin just cracks me up. He’s got big plans girl. Bummer that we never ran into you at Disney. One of these days we’ll have to meet up there:)xoxo

  10. Oh, Jenny. I’m in tears, and what an incredible story. I’m so truly relieved to hear that sweet Paxton is doing so much better, and that you and your boys have him home now, where he belongs. I can’t even imagine how hard that must have been for you all, but I can feel your strength and courage through your words. Thinking of you all, and wishing Paxton all of the health and happiness in the world. xo

  11. Kim in MD

    Oh Jenny, I have tears running down my face. How scared and terrified you must have been in those first few days and weeks! I am so happy that your adorable baby boy is home with you and your family, and is doing well. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Sue

    I had no idea you went through all this. I kept checking to see if there were any baby updates. I don’t know how I could have missed the news. I am just so happy that Paxton is home where he belongs and is doing well. Congratulations!!


  13. Erin B

    I’m so glad that your little boy is home and healthy. I could not imagine not being able to hold my boy for 2 weeks, your story brought tears to my eyes.

    Best wishes to you and your family in the future.

  14. Laurie

    what an incredible story! I had tears in my eyes! I am so glad Paxton is home now and that you are all together! Children’s Hospital L.A. is fantastic! I have special needs students who go there often and two of my friends used to work there as well. May Paxton be a blessing always to you and I look forward to seeing posts of him helping you in the kitchen just like Mason and Brady do now!

  15. Kimberli

    Wow, what a story and what a beautiful baby boy you have!! As a mom who was on Mag Sulfate and had an epidural that barely worked for 21 hrs of labor, I know exactly how miserable you were! As a NICU nurse, I know just how sick your little man was and I’m so glad to hear he recovered so quickly! I’m so glad your family is all under the same roof and you’re enjoying him – congrats!!

  16. You weren’t exaggerating when you said his “dramatic story!” Whew, you’re one tough mama! I’m so very glad everything turned out for the best and that little Paxton is home safe and sound. Your instagram pic brought me over here and I’m glad I read his story and that you posted it – scary but so wonderful to have a good outcome. Can’t get enough of that sleeping smile, either. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Lindsay

    My heart wrenched reading your story & I sincerely thank you for sharing it. You all were in my prayers although I the severity of his condition, it truly a miracle and God surely has him. What a precious precious boy. His smile is infectious and contagious. What a blessing your story and his will be to those you have already touched and will touch. Continuing to lift you up in prayer and pls continue sharing his pictures, along with your yummy food.

  18. Kelly

    That is EXACTLY what we went through with my son – he’s almost 9 now! When I looked at the picture of Paxton laying in the little NICU bed, it was just like pictures of my Drew from 9 years ago. Those were the longest 13 days of my life. So glad to hear that Paxton is home and healthy!

  19. Carrie

    What an amazing story and so happy your sweet little boy is now home with your family, as he should be. Seriously, fighting the tears as I read this, as I am also a mommy of two little boys and had two very different labor/delivery experiences with both of them. I am so happy the angels have watched over you & your precious family! What a beautiful gift Paxton is and we’ll continue praying for you! Thank you Jenny for sharing such a heartfelt moment in your life! Lots of blessings! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Jenny – it’s such a breath of relief to hear that Paxton is doing well. We went through something similar when my niece was born – I understand that terrifying time… I think it makes you treasure them much more. All the best to you and your new sweet boy!

  21. Lori

    Jenny, I had only started visiting your website for a few weeks before you had Paxton. I have a 7-yr-old boy, also w/ a picky palate, and I found your recipes to be delish and stories very relatable. I live across the country, have never met you, and was only connected to you through your online presence. However, I found myself constantly thinking about you and your family, and hoping beyond hope that there were any signs of improvement. My son also started going through your recipes and he included you and family in his prayers every night.

    Through it all, you were not alone. You may have been alone in your hospital room, but you and your little guy never left our thoughts. From one mom to another, I tip my hat for keeping everything together when it would have been very easy not to, and offer my heartfelt congratulations and hope for your strength to be replenished through those sleepytime smiles. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I cried through that story! I cannot imagine having to experience that … the thought of hearing such a prognosis from the doctor makes me shudder. Thank goodness he is well and home with you guys. He is absolute perfection.

  23. I am so happy to hear that Paxton is doing better now. What a scary time. I can imagine how hard that was. It is very good to hear that there will be no long term effects. He is such a beautiful little boy Jenny. How sweet that he smiles when he goes to sleep ๐Ÿ™‚ You have such a beautiful family! We will keep you guys in our prayers still. Congrats Jenny! XOXO

  24. Teresa

    Having just had my first baby in May, your whole story has really touched me. I couldn’t even imagine how I would’ve felt in this situation. Praying for you all.

  25. Krissy

    Hello. I am wiping my tears away as I leave you this comment. Wow, what a story. Thanks for sharing. Sending God’s blessings to you, Paxton and your family. Yes, I believe the angels are still by your side each day. Hugs from Alabama, Krissy M.

  26. Mary

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! You are a strong momma! He’s blessed to have you, and he is in touch with the angels <3

  27. Dear Jenny, it is with great surprise that I read your post today. Let me tell you why.

    I am writing to you from across the ocean with a big lump in my throat and tons of simpathy for you and your family. I totally understand what you have gone through and, believe me, it is true. I went through a similar situation with my first born child 13 years ago.

    At the time I was living in London with my husband, away from my family (all of them in Spain) and friends. Alex, our baby, was very sick when he was born. The doctors could not find out what was wrong with him but he had fits in several ocassions. Initially they though it was epilepsy, then that it was a spine infection and, finally, they diagnosed him with brain damage. He spent two weeks in the neo-natal unit of the hospital where he was born, thank Godness it was a hospital specialized in sick children so he did not have to be transferred. After that, once he was stable, we took him home and re-took our lives. For a whole year we lived with the concern that our baby was not going to develop normally, taking his to check ups, etc. It was a stressful time and I remember how I used to make the effort to behave normal and look at the bright side of life although, deep inside, I kept thinking “is my baby ever going to be able to talk? or walk?, etc. Thing is that, against all odds, Alex developed with normality and never had any problems at all. He is a healthy boy, sharp, clever, sporty, etc (what can I say…I am his mom after all and he is perfect to my eyes).

    The doctors were wrong in their diagnose and gave us the fight of our lives. At the time of finding out, we were so releived that my husband and I cried like babies for days.

    Still, to this day, tears fill my eyes when I talk about this. I can’t help it. No matter how long ago this happened.

    What you write about being on your own in hospital when the bad news were delivered, not having your family near, not being able to hold your baby for days, seeing him connected to a machine and covered with cables, the smile on his face when he is asleep, etc I could have written all of that myself.

    I wanted you to know that, despite the distance, the age difference and the fact that I have never left a comment in your blog (although I have been reading you for some time now), I feel very very very close to you right now.

    Enjoy the blessing of having your baby home now, a beautiful looking baby. He looks happy and content. Make the most of it no. You deserve it BIG TIME !!!

    xxx Carmen

  28. Wow that must have been so difficult for you to go through. He looks like such a sweet boy and I am so glad you are finally at home with him. My brother and sister-in-law have kind of been going through the same thing. My nephew was born 8/1 and began having seizures since his 2nd day of life. They were in a Korean hospital (both in the Army) and were not allowed to hold him and only got to see him 2x a day for 20 min. They were just transferred to San Antonio and get to hold their sweet boy whenever they want, which is great!

    I hope you enjoy the time with your 4 boys. Such a beautiful family!

  29. What an ordeal Jenny! I am so sorry that your family had to go through all of that, and i am so pleased that your sweet little boy is home safe and sound. You must have been frantic, I cant imagine going through that. He is such a gorgeous little boy. I am so pleased for you guys!

  30. Lydia

    He is gorgeous and definitely chatting it up with the angels. ๐Ÿ™‚ What a sweet smile!

    I was on that nasty magnesium sulfate with my last baby (who was delivered four weeks early due to severe preeclampsia). I even had to do a second round of it two days after my baby was born. Really yucky stuff!

    So glad your sweet baby boy is home with you. What a blessing!

  31. Donna Oliphint

    What an adorable baby boy! I’m so sorry that I didn’t realize you were going through this trial. I would have been praying for you all if I had. I can completely understand what you’ve been through and how precious life has really become for you now. 23 years ago, my only child lay in an ICU with tubes and wires everywhere. She was not yet 6 months old and had just come out of open heart surgery to repair a defect that was incompatible with life. It’s hard to comprehend what surgeons do to little ones to keep them alive, but I’m so thankful. My girl has grown up healthy and whole, with only a little ADHD “issue” that she has learned to deal with in adulthood without meds. She graduated from college in 4 years, has a good job, lives own her own in a different state and just won a spot in the Miss Tennessee (Miss America) pageant to be held in June!

    Enjoy your children. The time flies so much faster than anyone can ever explain to you.

  32. Donna

    Thank you for sharing the details since we knew your precious baby was in the hospital. So happy for him and your family! Giving thanks to the Lord on your behalf.

  33. Sabrina

    Thank you for sharing your life stories with us. I can’t imagine what all you and your family has gone through. God is good and We will always keep you guys in prayer. Your son is so adorable.

  34. Maggie

    Thank God everything is fine now! Congratulations on your beautiful baby…I just started reading your blog recently after seeing the ‘virtual baby shower’ items on another blog…I love the yummy things you come up with. Enjoy these early times with your precious new boy ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. We’ve been praying for your family! We are so happy Paxton is home and doing well. He is such a cutie pie! You are amazing my friend! If you need anything, just let us know! xoxo

  36. Charlotte Faller

    I was choking back the tears as I finished reading your post, Jenny. Little Paxton is such a beautiful baby. Thank God all is well. And, yes, that sweet little smile as he falls asleep has to be for his guardian angels still at their post.
    Congratulations! Enjoy your precious little gift!

  37. I am so sorry y’all had to go through all that. I can’t imagine! ๐Ÿ™ So glad he is better. Love that pic of him smiling as he goes to sleep!

  38. jennifer

    Oh, okay, now the tears are falling and I am so grateful that all the prayers were heard for your family and dear sweet Paxton. Divine angels lead out the dark and the light always shines in the end. Love, and Light….

    Your foodie fan.

  39. Gaylene

    I had a similiar experience with my first son, who is now 24. It still makes me cry when I think about it! Your sweet little boy is definitely a miracle as was mine. Congratulations!

  40. Heather

    I’m so, so glad to read a happy outcome to this story! I can only imagine what you’re family has been going through. Sending lots of love to you and yours. Congratulations on such a beautiful baby.

  41. Jennifer C

    Praise God! Your story brought tears to my eyes. He is a BEAUTIFUL baby. This fellow-mommy is so happy for all of you.

  42. marla

    Jenny – he is so beautiful. My prayers are with you and your sweet family. (my 2nd son is Brady also!) May God bless you and keep you always. Much love!

  43. Urban Wife

    Wow, I can’t even begin to imagine what y’all have been through. Thank you for sharing Paxton’s incredible story. I’m so thankful and happy for you that he’s doing much better now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Juli McG

    Jenny…I have been following your blog for years now. I myself had a baby boy who spent 34 days in the NICCU. It was one of the scariest things I have ever had to do. But…that was almost 10 years ago and I now have an extremely healthy boy who is the light of my life. Thanks for sharing your story. Your story will help someone else who has to face this issue in the future.
    Good luck and enjoy your sleepless nights. You are one lucky lady.

  45. Yafit

    Dearest Jenny – Flake Family….
    I read every single line and my heart did – BOOM BOOM:-(
    Its not an easy story and very hard to go through all those hard moments.
    Im happy that everything went finally on the right side.
    Your amazing baby is adorable ! and his Mom is the Best ever ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wish you all the family all the best ! great and loving moments ! happiness !!!
    And good life !!!
    Love you from Israel……

  46. Congratulations, he’s beautiful! My 2 year old had the same thing happen and ended up in the NICU for a week. You’d never know it now looking at him though! I’m so happy baby Paxton is home with y’all now!

  47. Oh my gosh. How scary that must have been! He looks like such a blessing though. I can’t imagine how much agony you must have been in especially not being able to hold him! I’m so glad he’s doing well.

  48. Auburn Gibbons

    Jenny, I am so glad he is home and doing good! I was on Magnesium with Riggs and I thought I was dying! After throwing up and diarrhea at the same time (TMI) and my body feeling like it was on fire, I made my mom unplug my IV machine out of the wall. I felt like I couldn’t lift my lungs to breathe! I am so sorry you have been going through all of this! He is the cutest thing!

  49. Rebekah

    Thank you for sharing with us and can I just say WHAT A DOLL HE IS. I am so happy with the end of your story and am crying here about your precious baby boy. Thank goodness everything is so much better now. I am so thankful he is better and home with his family. Will be thinking of him and all of you <3 <3

  50. Jenny, I am so sorry to hear the struggles you went through the past month. What a traumatic situation. I have kept you all in my thoughts. I am so happy for you that your sweet Paxton is now home with you and your family. I wish you both continued good health and recovery! Sending you my blessings!

  51. Oh my goodness! What a relief for you to be able to have your son finally home after such a horrible ordeal! He is so so beautiful and he looks absolutely perfect and right at home in your arms. Congratulations on his safe return! Praise the Lord!!

  52. Lorraine

    Jenny, What wonderful news. Nothing like a mother’s love. I felt your pain while reading your story. What an incredible little fighter. AND I just love how he smiles through it all. God has blessed your family. Will keep praying for Paxton!!!!

  53. Anisa

    You guys are so strong, thumbs up for ya!!!!
    I can’t imagine what an experience that was!

    I wish you guys days filled with love, hope, joy, hugs and all the sweet things you can think of!!!


  54. Oh my Jenny, I could not imagine what you and your family went through while waiting for beautiful little Paxton to heal. I am so happy to hear that he is happy and healthy, and so is the rest of your family. What a beautiful little miracle!

  55. SarahSmile

    So happy and relieved to hear that your precious little man is doing better!! What a scary experience! Hopefully mommy is doing well too! Thanks for thinking of us and posting an update!

  56. Thesha

    I am so glad that your little Paxton pulled through, what a horrible thing to have to go through. I know what it is like to lose a little one…wondering every moment if this is going to be the last breath/heart beat. I am so grateful that your story had a happier ending and that you are being allowed more time with your little one in this life. Paxton is absolutely precious, congratulations to you and your family.

  57. Carol

    Paxton is a beautiful baby-I’m so happy to read that he’s home and doing well. I have been thinking of and praying for you and your family since learning about his birth and needing to be in the hospital in the NICCU.

    My oldest grandson was born 2 weeks overdue and had some serious lung problems that put him in the NICCU also-the photo of sweet Paxton with wires and tubes brought that image back. My daughter and her husband weren’t allowed to hold him for a week so I know that she’d know what you went through in part.

    He’s now 12-a 7th grader and a healthy young man.

    Your Paxton will be too.

    God bless you all……….

  58. So very sorry but glad all is well now. I went through something similar with my daughter 27 years ago. She was 10 weeks early and weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces. She was in the hospital 2 months. I remember going to the NICU and seeing her in much the same condition as your little boy. It was awful seeing her that way.

    So I know how difficult these last several weeks were for you. I’m glad your son is home and healthy.

  59. Deone Croff

    Jenny ….Thanks for the history of baby Paxton. It was so good to hear the whole story and to know what happened. We have been wondering. You know how much info we get out of Reed -0-. He is the sweetest looking little guy and I love that last picture with his sleeping smile…..to cute. What a blessing to have a great hospital so close. I can’t imagine going through the trauma you had to go through. Guess sometimes we are tougher than we think we are. We are so happy all is well. Sending our love and best wishes to you all…….love deone and ken

  60. Oh my goodness–I’m bawling. What a terrible nightmare to go through. I’m so glad God listened to all the prayers and Paxton is at home where he should be! xox

  61. linda

    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.

  62. 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!

  63. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. 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!

  65. Chrissi

    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!

  66. 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 ;-).

  67. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

  68. Lori

    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!

  69. Emily

    Beautiful words, I have tears just reading about your journey! So happy that he is home where he belongs ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. 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!!

  71. garysgirl

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

  72. Laura A.

    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!!

  73. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s so sweet!

  74. Jen

    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.

  75. lindsay


    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!

  76. 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.


  77. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. Connie

    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.

  79. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Ashley

    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!

  81. Barbara Osborn

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

  82. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. Donna Hurst

    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.

  84. Heather

    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.

  85. Carole Resnick

    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.

  86. Brenda Cslhoun

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

  87. Kristy Fife

    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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad your family of 5 is back home and all together. Congratulations again!

  88. 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!

  89. annabelle

    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.

  90. Debbie P

    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!!

  91. Sheila lamare

    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

  92. Tricia

    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!

  93. Peggy W.

    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!

  94. Oh my goodness… I can’t stop crying. ๐Ÿ™ 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. ๐Ÿ™

  95. Amy Reeder

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

  96. Lynne Laino

    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

  97. Kelly Miller

    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.


  98. Jenny, I am officially sobbing right now. I can’t imagine what you guys had to go through, but I am SO incredibly thankful that sweet Paxton is safe and sound in your home. Y’all will continue to be in my prayers and I may or may not be obsessively watching your Instagram feed for more pictures of him all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. anah

    i had no idea!!! i am literally fighting back the tears!! you are such a strong and wonderful mommy – i am so glad that your baby Paxton is home with you and your family ๐Ÿ˜‰

  100. MegT

    I read through Paxton’s beginning and I felt like I needed to email you about my Malayna. I had an almost perfect pregnancy carrying her for 40 weeks and 1 day. I was enduced on Tuesday evening (Feb. 23rd). For the most part, even that started pretty normal. I received the epidural which definitely allowed for good rest. However fast forward a bit, and every time a contraction happened, both of our blood pressures would lessen. So I was constantly on oxygen. They ended up doing an emergency c-section, because at one point, my husband was fearful we were in a very urgent crisis that affected both her and I. Malayna was born on Wed, Feb. 24th around 4:30pm. She didn’t cry and the NICU team was there to take over. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and she too was a muconium baby. I was able to kiss her before they took her away. After my recovery, the next time I saw her she was hooked up to an oscillator. It was absolutely terrible! This was my baby that I had prayed for and wanted so badly, and yet she was in a terrible state. Thankfully our NICU was in the same hospital as where I was, but the doctors made it known she may have to go to Akron Children’s Hospital. I didn’t get to hold Malayna until Sunday, the same day that we were going to have to go home without her. Malayna was a fighter and she quickly advanced from oscillator all the way down to nasual oxygen cannula until she came home March 9th.
    My dad stated to me that someday that this will become a memory. And to be honest, it has become a memory. Malayna is still my fighter at 2 1/2 years old! I praise the Lord for his constant protection over her. Praise God for Paxton and his continued recovery!

  101. Oh my gosh, I can’t even imagine how you dealt with everything! You seriously are one strong woman and Paxton is in for a real treat having you as his sweetie pie mama. I’m glad he’s safe and sound despite all the trauma endured the last couple weeks. Sending positive thoughts your way–enjoy your baby boy now! <3

  102. Sharon

    I am so happy that your family was there during this time and for the wonderful miracle of Paxton ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Kim Barricklow

    I am crying sad tears that you all had to go through this and HAPPY tears that your little guy is healthy and at home. Congratulations to you all! He is such a handsome little man!

  104. What a gorgeous baby Paxton is…..and such a blessing to you and your family and the entire world! May the angels continue to spread their protective wings around him. He’s truly adorable!! Peace.

  105. Kristen M.

    Thank you for sharing this personal story Jenny. Paxton is a fighter and your recount brought me to tears. I could not imagine the emotions you were feeling when you got that call or the couple of weeks to follow. I kept him in my prayers and could not be happier for you, Paxton and your entire family that he is healthy and happy at home where he belongs.

  106. Noelle Reese

    Thank you GOD for answering prayers! He is so beautiful! I’ll bet you kiss that smile all day long!!

  107. wow, that is so scary and i’m so thankful that you and him made it through okay. what a little fighter he is. i’m so happy that everyone is safe and sound! what a rollercoaster of a story but so glad everything is perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ he is adorable and well wishes for you and the family!! xoxoxo

  108. epicura

    I suffered from pre-eclampsia as well & delivered at 33 weeks (sidenote, magnesium sulfate is the absolute worse, I though I was going to spontaneously combust as hot as I felt). I was lucky enough to have gotten steroid shots a week prior when I was admitted for the 1st time with high blood pressure & had a C-section so I wouldn’t have contractions to stress the baby more…my son’s lungs were OK, he was just tiny. Still, the NICU experience is a rough one (he was there 4 weeks & got an infection which scared the blood out of me). I am very happy your bundle of joy made it A-OK. Many blessings to you & your family.

  109. I’m on the verge of giving birth to my first baby any second any day and I could not imagine this journey! You are a strong lady Jenny! I am so happy little Pax has made a sweet recovery! Amazing how life and miracles work! Congrats he is beautiful!!

  110. cherie

    What a beautiful adorable baby boy.

    So glad he’s home safe and sound – what an incredibly difficult ordeal! Prayers for a happy and healthy life together.

  111. Becky W

    So glad to hear that your baby boy is doing well and is now at home with you! 12 years ago, a friend’s daughter also ingested the meconium during birth and ended up in the NICU for a week. Her 9 lb baby girl looked huge next to all of the other babies in the NICU. Definitely no lasting affects for my friend’s daughter and I wish the same for your cute little guy. Best wishes, and please rub his soft little head for me!! I love soft baby hair ๐Ÿ™‚

  112. Karyn

    Wow…what an incredible story. Thank you so much for sharing it. What a sweet adorable baby he is. So glad he is doing well and continues to flourish! :o)

  113. Oh Jenny, that story is heart breaking and miraculous! I cannot even imagine going through that, but so happy that Paxton is home and doing well. He’s so precious!

  114. Lissa

    What a scary situation! I’m glad the doctors were so proactive in getting him the help he needed so quickly, even though it must have been terrible for you. Happy, healthy wishes for both of you!

  115. Thank you for sharing this story. I can’t imagine having to wait two weeks to hold your little boy. I’m so glad he’s come through and is doing so well. He looks absolutely sweet and wonderful.

  116. Reading this while being a sleep deprived new mommy (of a 2 month old and holding him in my arms) made me cry and ache for you. I can’t imagine the pain you must have endured… (I know my mom can relate though as my youngest brother was given a short prognosis for living but thankfully exceeded it and lived for 10 years.) I think the hardest part would be not being able to hold that precious baby for 2 weeks! I was relieved to hear that he came through it. I hadn’t heard that you’d had your baby yet as I’m not keeping up with anything yet. I hope everything goes smoothly for you now – you definitely deserve it!
    What a cutie!

  117. Tania

    Thank goodness your little man is alright! He is gorgeous and cherubic. So glad to know things turned out well!

  118. Jenny, thank you so much for sharing this story. I’m so happy that it has a happy ending! Little Paxton is just beyond precious. I can’t believe how amazing that little face and smile is. Your grace and cheerful attitude through all of this has really touched my heart. All the best to you and your family!

  119. Marianne

    Such a precious baby boy your Paxton is! Your story brought tears to my eyes, I worked as a phlebotomy tech for many years and was always heartbroken with my daily trips to the NICCU. Will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  120. Hi Jenny, I’ve been following your blog for a while but haven’t left a comment before. I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story and I’m so glad your baby boy is home and well. I know what it feels like to be told your baby might not make it. Truly the hardest experience of my life. Our baby boy arrived 10 weeks early and spent 5 weeks in the NICU. Now he’s a 100% healthy non-stop action-packed toddler. It makes each first step and memory with him all the more precious knowing how uncertain his start to life was. Paxton looks very sweet and is obviously a strong little guy too ๐Ÿ™‚

  121. Omg Jenny, I am crying, both tears of sadness for all that you and your family went through and also for tears of joy that he was able to come home and you’re able to be a family now!! Thank God for this miracle and for the doctors and I can only imagine how hard this was for you and I just can’t even imagine…you are a very strong woman, Jenny ๐Ÿ™‚

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