Danielle Fishel shares that she was able to bring home her son after three weeks in the NICU
Boy Meets World star, Danielle Fishel, announced her pregnancy back in January. She shared the sweetest pictures of two pairs of adult shoes in the background with little baby shoes in the front. We were all so excited to see our little weird Topanga get pregnant and start a family of her own (even though it's not with Cory Matthews). She said that pregnancy was definitely hard, but she loved the fact that she was going to be able to bring a little baby boy into the world.
Fishel's pregnancy didn't go exactly as planned. At 35 weeks she delivered her son, Adler. He wasn't due for another month or so, but he arrived on June 24. Fishel said that she had just finished up directing Raven's Home and her maternity leave was just about to start. Then unexpectedly her water broke. That was obviously a big shock since she was so early. They went into the hospital and the ultrasound revealed that their son had fluids in his lungs.
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One week ago today, on 6/24 at 4:52am, Adler Lawrence Karp made his entrance into the world, 4 weeks early. My water broke on 6/20, one day before my work week directing at Raven's Home ended and my maternity leave began. I was hospitalized that night and put on magnesium sulfate because Adler was only 35 weeks old. Unfortunately, after doing an ultrasound, our amazing OB discovered fluid in his lungs that was not there during our last appointment only 10 days earlier - and thus we entered a nightmare we'll never forget. We still don't have Adler home with us because the deeply good doctors and nurses in the NICU are working diligently to find out why the fluid is there and determine the best way to get it out. This has been the most trying week and a half of mine and @jensenkarp's lives but we have gotten through it with the support of our incredible family and friends who have shown up for us in unexpected ways. Jensen and I have also become closer than we ever thought possible and the love between us has grown exponentially as we have leaned on each other during both our highest highs and our lowest lows. We feel helpess and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our "birth plan," unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life. We have also struggled with making this announcement - we are THRILLED Adler is here and we want to shout it from the rooftops but we know posting about his birth and it's complications opens us up to prying eyes - aka paparazzi staked outside our house, following our every move they way they did several times during my pregnancy. We are much too fragile for that right now and I pray wholeheartedly that we can have some space as we navigate these next few weeks. I can't wait to share more details about him with you (he hates having a poopy diaper for even 1 minute, he loves bath time, he has the cutest sneezes I've ever heard) and sing the praises of his NICU care team but I prefer to do that when Adler is in this crib in his nursery at home on a still unknown future date. P.S. the fox will be removed from his crib before he's ever in it. 👶❤️
Danielle shares that when she was pregnant they had created a birth plan. She wanted to follow her plan. Of course the moment her water broke at 35-weeks that birth plan was thrown out the window. And no part of her birth plan said that she would be leaving her little baby boy at the hospital instead of taking him home. Little Adler got the fluids removed from his lungs and he stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks. Fishel says that the first week of her son's life was the most trying and emotionally stressful time of her life, but thankfully everything worked out.
Adler was able to go home. Danielle and her husband are seen walking their son out of the doors as they leave the NICU in triumph. They were so grateful that their child graduated NICU and was able to go home with his parents. Danielle shared a picture of her son at home. His little tiny legs are seen laying on the dogs head. She shares that even though her house is a mess, she hasn't showered in two days and she has a sty on her eye, she is so happy and these are the " best days of her life."
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The house is a mess, I have a stye on my left eye, I haven't showered in two days, I can't remember when I did anything (when did we change his diaper last? What time did I pump?), @jensenkarp and I now take baby night shifts where we pass each other like zombies on a mission, and they are some of the best days of my life. ❤️