Friday, May 15, 2009


There have been two times that I checked on Eon in the middle of the night and thought he wasn't breathing. A gentle nudge was all he needed and he'd flinch and breathe and I thought maybe I'd imagined that he wasn't. Until last night. I woke with a start and went over and laid my hand on his chest. No movement. I slid my hand lower and still didn't feel or hear anything. So I gently shook him. Nothing. Shook him side to side harder and still nothing. Panicked, I picked him up and as I lifted him from the crib, he startled and loudly inhaled.

I held him the rest of the night and didn't sleep. Took him in to see the ped today who checked him. (He looks great!) The ped called the developmental ped at the Ds clinic and they recommended admitting him today for a full work-up. Only, because it's Friday, they wouldn't really do anything until Monday. Worried about secondary infections and medical screw-ups, I talked them into a home apnea monitor for the weekend and he'll be admitted Monday morning.
Terrifying! Please pray for peace for me and safety for him.


  1. Simeon means to be heard... and we will ask God to hear him in his sleep and rouse him as needed.

    I do not know if this is something you are interested in but the Graco Angelcare Deluxe Movement Monitor really works. If a baby stops breathing in the crib, after 20 seconds this monitor will go off nice and loud.

    May God bless you with a peaceful spirit.

  2. Of my 7 girls, 2 (before Samara) had frequent apnoeas. Samara has them occasionally. We use an Angelcare monitor for her at night on her crib, and when we are out and about (in the stroller, carseat etc) we use a Respisense. These are available through They are from South Africa. It is a small unit that attaches to the baby's diaper, and is totally portable. It is reasonably priced too. Not sure in US$ but we paid $150AU (which is about $90 US I think).
    I know how scary this can be. Sara, who is now 17 had apnoea's for 10 years. We never really got to the bottom of why, but things that made it worse were infections, getting too hot, and immunisations. We no longer immunise our kids!

  3. We're praying for you and Eon. I hope your weekend is uneventful as far as sleeping goes. Hang in there!

  4. I hope everthing goes well this weekend and you can get some answers on Monday. I'll keep you and him in my prayers!

  5. Oh scary. I am praying for him and you. Hang in there. Love you.

  6. Oh Tara, that sounds really frightening! I will keep you and Eon in my prayers. I'm sure it's hard to relax; I'll pray for your peace, as well.

    Joni from BBC

  7. I've been praying for Eon this weekend. I'm hoping things go well tomorrow.