Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Story of Heidi

Friday the 25th was my last day of work for 6 weeks. I was so excited, knowing that come Monday morning we would be a family of 4. I got a call on Friday saying we had to be up on the 3rd floor at 530 am for the prep of my c-section. I was getting nervous, not for the surgery, but for the aftermath. We showed up at 5:30, got my IV and all the questions answered. At 7:10 I went back into surgery and I got the spinal block, which wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. While that took effect, we waited on Dr. Barkow to come so surgery could begin. They started surgery at 7:40 when the doctor finally showed, which I gave him a hard time about. It took to 8:06 for Heidi to finally join the world. She was already being stubborn, they had to push on my stomach for quite a while as well as use two suctions, one which flew off and hit my doctor in the face shield, before she came out. She was absolutely beautiful. 6 lbs and 4 oz, quite small since Tyler was 8 lbs and 12 oz. Everything checked out good, good heart, bones, all 10 toes and fingers and good hearing. Then came the second day whe she became jaundice. She had to sleep on a blanket and under a light for that night. They also sent us home on Wednesday with a blanket to have her sleep on. She is still jaundice, we had another blood test yesterday, but not high enough to warrant any intervention. We try to keep her in the sun as much as possible, and just hope and pray that it goes away soon. The doctor says that after the first few days, being jaundice isn't as much of a threat as it is on day one or two after birth. We are doing well, just tryig to adjust to two kids. Tyler is doing well with her. Nights are rough, he gets up and won't go back to sleep without John or I being with him, which is rough for the other parent dealing with Heidi. Please keep us in your prayers.