Chance Matthew is here!

Chance Matthew was born this morning at 8:18am weighing 6lbs 7oz and 18 inches long. It was confirmed that Chance does have an opening in his back about 3cm’s in size. Chance underwent his surgery this afternoon and is doing well. He is still on a ventilator to assist him in breathing until the anesthesia wears off. We were told he’s expected to be in the NICU for about a week if he doesn’t have any other problems after his surgery. I posted a few photos in flickr for you all to see in the slide show below.

Despite how heart breaking it is to see my baby boy with all the wires connected, we do have a lot of good optimistic news to share in regards to his spina bifida. Chance is moving his feet and legs, both are good signs in regards to his mobility. He also peed quickly in the first few minutes after birth, yes, all over the doctor. He has also peed on his own since, which is a great sign in regards to his bladder/bowel functions which are a common issue with spina bifida.

Thank you again for all the prayers and reassurance. It’s been a tough, uplifting, yet emotionally and physically draining day for me. I hope you all enjoy the brief update, I wish I could go into more detail, but I admit I’m super exhausted and must get some rest.

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February 22, 2011 - 6:11 pm

Daissy - OMG… Congratulations :D
so very happy for you guys!!!
…can wait to see the ton of pics you’ll have as soon as you get some well deserved rest :]

February 22, 2011 - 6:49 pm

Ginger - What a beautiful set of photos for a beautiful family! I am glad the news is so optimistic. Sleep well tonight and tons of prayers for a day filled with good news tomorrow too.

February 22, 2011 - 7:05 pm

P - Keeping you all in His light.

February 22, 2011 - 7:19 pm

Lora - BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats to your whole family. I am glad to hear the surgery went well and I look forward to watching his journey through your photos <3

February 22, 2011 - 7:23 pm

Trudy - CONGRATS!!!!!!! Glad to see everyone is doing well.

February 22, 2011 - 7:37 pm

Amanda - Congratulations to the Kern family, now one member stronger! He’s absolutely beautiful.

February 22, 2011 - 7:56 pm

Katie - What wonderful news! I’ve prayed for a peeing baby before, so I understand how important that is. :) I hope that the news keeps coming in as fantastic and reassuring.

February 22, 2011 - 8:24 pm

kristy pennino - i’m only on photo number one and i’m already impressed!! bravo you two! i’m sooooo happy for you!

February 22, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Barbara Peterson - He is beautiful. And we are praying for the best possible outcome. We love you all. Bill and Barbara

February 22, 2011 - 10:11 pm

Angelique Smith - I’m in awe and so grateful to hear that momma and baby are off to an auspicious beginning. I love seeing Hope play photojournalist to her beautiful momma! What an amazing blessing and things are sounding hopeful. Your family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers.

February 22, 2011 - 10:31 pm

Jaime scott - I’m so glad he’s here and doing quite well. The pics are beautiful! Congratulations again! Will keep you all in my prayers. Thanks for the update, been thinking about you guys all day.

February 22, 2011 - 10:41 pm

Shelby Wright - Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the birth of Chance! What a perfectly beautiful boy!!

February 22, 2011 - 11:42 pm

Melissa L. - He is so beautiful! Oh, that hair and those cheeks! What a little angel. We will keep praying that you both are comfortable and that you recover quickly. God is good!


Melissa Lehman

February 23, 2011 - 12:41 am

Rachel Mayer - Dear Amanda,
Chance is beyond beautiful, I know you are proud and you should be. Chance and your family are in my prayers, looking at the pictures above brought tears to my eyes. If you need anything please have Jason call Jeff and we will make it happen. What an amazing little man you created, I just love him so much and he’s not even mine! Congrats Amanda, I am overwhelmed with joy with all your good news and good signs. God Bless.

February 23, 2011 - 10:05 am

Joni - Welcome to Chance Matthew, and blessings to all of the family! What a beautiful, baby boy! Thanks for the photos & information, please get lots of rest. Take comfort in knowing there are many multitudes who are praying with you, stay strong in your faith, God is with you.

With God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26

February 23, 2011 - 10:11 am

Scott - Amanda!!!
Chance is beautiful and I feel so good about all the encouraging signs you have mentioned. Please know that Elaine and I have Chance, you and the whole family in our hearts and bless this most wonderful occasion. I love it when a plan comes together!

February 23, 2011 - 10:23 am

dennis - Congratulations! My best to the whole family.

February 23, 2011 - 10:45 am

Sandy Shugart - Awesome and beautiful child…an answered prayer, a promise for the future, a reminder of the miracle that marks the beginning of every human life. So happy for you all.

February 23, 2011 - 11:01 am

Erica Reynoso-Montalvo - I’m crying as I write this. He’s so beautiful, Amanda. And so much hair. And so perfectly beautiful – not a surprise since Hope and Jayden are gorgeous. I’m happy to hear that he’s peeing (lol) and moving his legs and feet. Team Montalvo is here for you. Just say the word. We love you, Family Kern. <3

February 23, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Zachary Long - Yay congratulations Amanda! We are hoping for the best for Chance and that the recovery goes smoothly! Betty and I are looking at your photos from Piedmont Hospital up here in Atlanta as they induce her today :)

February 23, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Karan Winfield - Congratulations! So happy for your family. The photos are great and I can’t wait to learn of Chance’s progress. Blessings to all of you!

February 23, 2011 - 1:27 pm

Meg Curtiss - Happy Twig Day Chance!
Thanks so much for the quick updates! Take care of each other.

February 23, 2011 - 7:54 pm

hm - crying tears of joy for you right now!

congratulations on your baby boy!

he is so beautiful and i love his name.

he’s perfect.

it sounds like you’ve had some very good news so far.

you go, little chance matthew!

February 24, 2011 - 9:35 am

Amanda Ridding - Congrat’s Amanda!!
That is the same size that Nick’s opening was as well. Peeing on the doctor is very, very important! My husband didn’t get why all I wanted was to hear that first cry and then for him to pee!!!
I’ve seen your pictures on FB. He’s adorable!
PS I am a obstetrical nurse, feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

May 3, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Afolabi fajemilo - Am further encouraged by your story. My first child Festus is living with Hydrocephalus and through this i have established a foundation in his name based in Nigeria by which other affected children are able to reach to the outside world. I join you in your optimism and i can Chance becomin great in life.

February 22, 2011 - 8:34 pm

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