Friday, May 27, 2011

New Arrival!

Baby Leaf was born Wednesday (28 weeks, one day), weighing a hair over 2 pounds. There's lots to say, but I think I need to wait until I'm not in the hospital to say it - I'm already on their hit list for "Post Partum Adjustment Concerns" and I feel like they're watching a little too closely for my comfort right now - and this has hit far closer to home, and brought up far less pleasant memories of Acorn's birth, than I feel they need to hear.




Leaf actually made it most of the first day on CPAP only, but has since been intubated and put back on a ventilator. She's doing well, really, and should be just fine.

I'm doing well to. Thank goodness for an OB who decided to say enough is enough, and decided to just do the c-section before either of us crashed - we'd had progressively more problems with Leaf's strips on the monitors, and progressively creeping blood pressures, and the outcome that high risk was waiting for was for one of us to no longer tolerate the treatment. I may hurt like hell from surgery, but I do not feel like I've been hit by a truck, and I have the energy to get up and do the things that need to be done, and didn't have to spend a lot of extra time on magnesium trying to keep my blood pressure down after surgery. Leaf is little - but we didn't deliver because she wasn't getting enough oxygen or because her heart was giving out or because she was *too* little and not getting any bigger, which was a big part of why Acorn got delivered. We might have been able to eek out another couple days, but the likelihood of issues grew with each day.

So, for now, lots of easy breathing vibes for Leaf, and lots of pumping for me. We've had issues getting pumps in my various rooms, which has not helped matters. But now that I'm in one place again, things are getting more situated and we'll work through it.

11 comments:

  1. She is beautiful. Sending lots of love for both Leaf and Acorn from your family in Texas <3

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  2. She's beautiful!

    I haven't stopped health and welfare vibes for you all. <3

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  3. Congratulations on the new arrival.

    Something tells me that little Leaf will grow up to be a mighty fine tree.

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  4. Hugs and tenderness to mama and Leaf and Acorn and dada. What a gorgeous girly! I'm here, been through the NICU rigamorole (sp?)....please lean on me if need be.

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  5. Welcoming another to our growing family is beautiful and I am very excited for you. I wish I could be there with you but know that I am always carrying you close and thinking of your guys very fondly with love and positive thoughts. I have a good feeling and I will hold that space strongly. May the breath of the Goddess continue to find its way through whatever method to Leaf and nourish her. I am very excited!!

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  6. I know you'd hoped to get to 30 weeks, and I'm sorry that didn't happen. But I'm grateful that Leaf's arrival went as smoothly as possible and that she's doing so well. I hope she continues to be your little Rock Star and impressing the heck out of the NICU staff.

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  7. Welcoming another to our growing family is beautiful and I am very excited for you. I wish I could be there with you but know that I am always carrying you close and thinking of your guys very fondly with love and positive thoughts. I have a good feeling and I will hold that space strongly. May the breath of the Goddess continue to find its way through whatever method to Leaf and nourish her. I am very excited!!

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  8. She is beautiful. Sending lots of love for both Leaf and Acorn from your family in Texas <3

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