Everything Happened So Fast!!! Finally!!!!
Tucker’s due date was actually Thursday June 13th but after a week of pre-labor pains the doctors decided to induce Pam and get the show on the road so to speak. She was admitted to Labor and Delivery on Monday night and during the early hours of Tuesday morning the doctors began the induction. Things progressed quickly and after a fast and hard labor, Tucker arrived.
Tucker Vance Volkman was born at 6:17 a.m. on June 11, 2013 in Seattle at the University of Washington Medical Center. He weighed 7 lbs 14 oz. and is as cute as can be!!! The delivery room was packed with nurses and doctors who immediately surrounded him. He wasn’t breathing upon delivery so they immediately took him to the intensive care room next door and hooked him up to all sorts of devices. Travis, dressed in full scrubs, was allowed to be by Tucker’s side the entire time. Okay well not exactly right by his side because there were so many doctors, nurses, and machines, but he at least got to be in the intensive care room to see what was going on. Proud and nervous daddy watched closely as Tucker was stabilized and prepared to be transported to Seattle Children’s Hospital (Children’s) by ambulance. Travis was able to ride in the front seat of the ambulance during the transport and then stayed by Tucker’s side as he was cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s.
Upon delivery, due to Tucker’s condition, Pam did not get to see her baby right away. She waited anxiously to meet her new baby boy. Just before Tucker was taken by ambulance to Children’s, the nurses brought him by his mommy’s room. When they brought him in he was in a special transport enclosure, hooked to several machines, and strapped in with tiny seatbelts. The visit was a too quick, just a few minutes worth, but everyone knew he needed intensive care immediately so off they all went! Unfortunately due to the urgency of getting him transported, Pam was not allowed to hold him but just embrace his tiny hand for a brief moment. Pam stayed at the University hospital for the required post-delivery minimum of 6 hours and then insisted she be released so she could go be with Tucker.
Both sets of grandparents were there to meet Tucker. Dave and Carol Gaworski drove all day on Monday from Bozeman to Seattle to be there for the birth. Vic and Diane Volkman were there a week ahead to take care of 4 year old brother Teigen just in case little brother decided to arrive early.
The day was very fast paced and it didn’t seem like there was one spare minute to contact and update everyone. If there’s anyone out there that didn’t get a phone call or a text, we’re sorry but we were literally just trying to keep up with everything here!
We have every confidence in the care Tucker is getting at Children’s. We know that the doctors and nurses are highly qualified and will do more than their utmost best to attend to all of Tucker’s needs! Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers.