The guy that put Jennifer asleep came out first. "You have a big, beautiful baby," he said, "Congratulations".
I asked if the baby was healthy. He said that she cried loudly, but other than that he could not say.
It seemed like I was waiting forever for my daughter to get out of the surgical room. Then, in a flash she came out. The nurses asked me to follow them. Instead of going through the nursery door, the nurse took me through the ICU. A oxygen hood was placed over Mattea's head. I tried to touch her. They began to hook up wires to her. The nurse practicioner began to explain her situation. I asked her to repeat herself and speak a little slower. It seemed to be more than I could take in.
By the time they took me over to show me the baby's x-rays, they informed me that Mattea had several problems to overcome:
- She had swallowed some meconium and thus was...
- Having problems with her breathing and her lungs
- Her blood sugar was 16, and so she would not be able to eat until they could find a way to stabilize her blood sugar
- She had an enlarged heart (which normally corrected itself)
- She had a heart murmur (which usually corrects itself)
I sat there with Mattea. I was not allowed to hold her, because she did not have enough oxygen. So I held her hand and rubbed her belly and arms. Here are some pics of her at this point