TEEN Mom alum Kailyn Lowry has revealed her son Rio is “getting tubes in his ears” at the hospital Friday morning.
Last week, Kailyn told her fans Rio, one, was born prematurely and spent eight weeks in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).
This morning, Kailyn posted a photo of Rio entering the hospital.
His father, Elijah, held his hands to help the toddler walk.
Elijah’s hand covered Rio’s face in the photo.
Kailyn turned to her fans for help and added a question box.
The Teen Mom alum shared: “Rio is getting tubes in his ears this morning.”
She asked her fans: “What to expect after and did you do anything special when the anesthesia wore off?”
In the next slide on Instagram, Kailyn posted a video where she announced three of her children have pink eye, and Rio just had a “really bad case.”
Kailyn said: “Three of my kids are at the pediatrician this morning and Rio is at the hospital.”
The ex-MTV star has not provided another update.
ONE YEAR LATER
Last week, Kailyn told her fans about Rio’s birth story.
The first picture she posted on social media showed Elijah sitting next to and looking down at his newborn son who was hooked up to oxygen and lying in a hospital bed.
The next picture showed Kailyn holding her baby while he was intubated.
Kailyn was wearing a mask and seemed to be holding her son very gently.
She also shared another photo of the medical equipment in the NICU without Rio.
The final picture showed the baby surrounded by a team of doctors and nurses.
They appeared to be performing tests and giving Rio medical care shortly after he was born.
She captioned the post: “A year later we finally get to tell Rio’s birth story.”
ONE HAPPY FAMILY
In the comment section of the post, all of Kailyn’s fans showed her a ton of love and support.
One said: “He’s beautiful. I spot a few familiar faces in the last pic. Spent 8 weeks in that NICU.”
“What happened???? Love that you are sharing all this now I missed seeing your beautiful kids,” added another.
A third wrote: “NICU preemie mom here! It’s the scariest but also most rewarding time when you see how strong your baby is and also how much strength you have to endure it.”
A fan said: “Awe what a little bean!! So glad you feel safe enough to share your story now!!”
“As a mom of 3 NICU babies; they make us stronger than ever,” a fifth fan commented.
THE WHOLE STORY
Kailyn shared her experience during her pregnancy with her fifth child during her podcast, Barely Famous.
The couple spent the episode going into detail about finding out she was pregnant, buying several pregnancy tests, their first ultrasound, and the birthing process.
Elijah talked about the first doctor visit: “We went together and we were sitting in the room and you were supposed to be either six or seven weeks because of the little app she was using to track the pregnancy.
“The ultrasound tech came in, did the ultrasound, and didn’t really say nothing she was just quiet and then you kept asking her and was like ‘Is there a heartbeat?’ and she said ‘No, I can’t find one’ and then that’s when you cried all weekend.”
In the following weeks, they went back for a second ultrasound appointment when they confirmed the doctors found a heartbeat and she was indeed pregnant.
Kailyn labeled the birth as “traumatizing” and said they barely got to see him when he came out – clarifying she only got to hold him for “maybe three seconds.”
The Teen Mom 2 star said there were also roughly six nurses who had “hands” on Rio as he was immediately taken to the NICU.
In tears, Kailyn said: “I was so upset. When I tell you that I was beside myself… it was so scary.”
Elijah said he “didn’t have a chance to cry and process” his son being born because she was so upset.