Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Birth- Part Two

So at 3:09am, along came an Ivy. It was amazing. To see her face appear, was just an unforgettable experience. I just started trembling and blubbering, like I did with little e. E did an awesome job. She is truly my hero. Even though it was still really hard, I was thankful for her sake that the actual labour was shorter this time.

So the midwife held her and said to me "so tell us what you've got". I looked, and said "'s a...what is it?" Things were kinda swollen, and I really was not too sure at a glance! So the drill sargent roused on me and said "It's a girl!", and I said "It's a girl!" E had a quick hold and then I cut the cord. In case you were wondering, it's kinda like cutting a piece of calamari.

Then the complications began, and Ivy (as yet unnamed) was struggling to breathe properly on her own. The midwife whisked her off, with me following, and she called for some baby doctors to come down. They checked her out and took her straight to intensive care. She was put in to an incubator thing, with a whole bunch of tubes going into her. It was a very scary sight to see her. The basic diagnosis was that she had fluid on her lungs, and needed help to get rid of that and to start breathing air properly.

Anyway, she remained in there all that day, but showed really good improvement, and was allowed to join E in the maternity ward by the evening, which we were thrilled about. One by one the tubes were removed and she was given the all clear. Praise God.

So from there, it all went smoothly, and E recovered amazingly quickly. The nurses said she could go on Saturday, but she just wanted a bit more time, so stayed until Sunday. So there you have it!


Ruth said...

I'm so glad Ivy's breathing improved so quickly. What a relief that must have been. 'E' is an amazing woman, isn't she!

Ivy looks beautiful, what a delightful gift from God.

Ben McLaughlin said...

thanks, Ruth. I heard thru the grapevine today that you've been unwell-- sorry to hear that, I hope you're feeling better.