A Baby on the Fourth

Today we were given the best Fourth of July surprise yet! Our little firecracker decided to come about six weeks early from his due date. Last night at about 10pm Kayla was having significant contractions. We rushed to the hospital and three hours later we came face to face with our little guy.  Jethro “Jet” David Stoecklein was born at 1:20am, weighing in at 4lbs 10ounces and 17 inches long. 

While we are enjoying this special gift to us, the reality of Jet’s prematurity is setting in quickly. Many of you who have experienced something similar know how difficult it is to see your child in this state. Not being able to hold or care for him is a very helpless feeling. We are so thankful for a great team of doctors and nurses that are doing an excellent job to keep Jet stabilized. 

Just as I am writing this blog post, the doctor came in and informed us that they moved Jet to a ventilator to assist with his breathing. He had been breathing on his own with a very small amount of oxygen support, but the doctor said, “He simply got tired.” So for now he is hooked up to a ventilator and resting much better. We would appreciate your prayers for Jet as he continues to grow into a strong little boy! 

Jethro means: Excellence, outstanding, and overflowing; Having a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause; Dedicated to building life on a solid foundation; Values truth and justice. 

Happy Fourth!

Andrew, Kayla, Smith, and Jethro  

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