Sorry to keep you all in suspense. I know you've been waiting for an update so here it is:
Our baby girl, Kaia Morgan was born yesterday, July 9th at 5:18 am. I guessed from my initial look at her that she was 3 lbs 6 oz and sure enough I was bang on. 3 lbs, 6 oz. She did cry at birth (a wee bit), but quickly required life saving measures (scary!!!). She was placed on the oscillating ventilator (which is hard to explain and I'm tired so look it up if you are interested) rather than the conventional ventilator because she needed more help expelling carbon dioxide than the regular ventilator could help her with. She was in a 60-100% oxygen and still not saturation great (sats in the 80s), so they started nitric oxide (look it up again). This helped them wean her oxygen quite quickly yesterday from 60% to 45% to now around 25%. Fortunately she has responded well and they have already been able to wean the nitric oxide from 10 parts per million down to 1 part per million and may discontinue it today.
I'm happy with her progress, but nervous for what lies ahead. I'm so glad she's alive (and a little shocked that she's a she...I was SURE Acorn was a boy). I'm also kind of sad I haven't been able to go visit her yet. I did well during the C-section, but they were being cautious with me cardiac wise, so I had to go right from their recovery room up to the Coronary Care Unit. No stops at the NICU on the way. My incision this morning is quite sore, so although I'm determined to go see my girl today, it might be a quick visit. All they've had me on is Tylenol, so I hope I can get something a little stronger for moving around.
I'll post a picture as soon as I can!
Thank you all so much for your support. I love all your comments and I hope to continue to be able to update you all with good news!
P.S. Kaia's name is pronounced Kai-ya (rhymes with Maya).