Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Elliot Joseph Baker has arrived!

IT'S A BOY!!!!

What a day it has been! We arrived at the hospital at 6:30am and much to our surprise they started prepping and had me back in the OR by about 8:00. Everything started off well as far as the spinal and such. Dr Bhat was humming his way through the beginning of surgery as was going as planned at first. Once Elliot popped his head into the world we noticed the cord wrapped around his neck and he was a lovely shade of blue. Once the cord was cut they took him over to be checked out. Right away it was found that his blood sugar was very low and he was having problems breathing. After a few minutes and a quick hold by Brian, they decided to take him to NICU.
Meanwhile....Dr Bhat has stopped whistling and began to tell me of the "ridiculous" amount of scar tissue he was finding. He said "it is a total mess in here and I am getting out". My uterus, abdominal wall, and bladder had become totally fused together. During the process my bladder was cut as well. He stated at this point it was not safe to continue with the tubal so he closed everything up and finished. As a result of the bladder injury I will come home with a lovely parting gift for the next two weeks....a catheter!! Once it is determined that my bladder is healed, I will be able to have it out.
Back to the NICU....Elliot had a chest x-ray and his lungs were found to be pretty full of fluid, which is not a big surprise for a c-section. They gave him sugar and got his levels back to normal but his breathing has continued to be labored. Fortunately he has not needed c-pap or the vent and is just working it out on his own for now. We were not able to touch him or hold him until his respirations were under control. They have steadily been improving so I don't expect it to be long. He was also started on antibiotics for possible infection. We are hoping his NICU stay is in the neighborhood of a week or less. These issues are common for c-section babies and although it is NOT what we expected, it could always be worse!
This day has been soooo long, so we are off to get some sleep, and hope tomorrow we will be able to hold our little man, feed him (and me!) and have news of a continued good recovery. Thank you all again for your thoughts and prayers! More pictures soon!!


Jeff Handley said...

Congrats!! Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers for speedy recoveries all around.


FaithCDH said...

Wow look at all that hair! What a handsome boy!!! He looks so big for 7lbs 14oz! Praying for a speedy recovery for mom and Elliot. I hope you are able to hold him soon.

Will we be able to visit him on Saturday if he is doing well? My sister mentioned that during RSV some hospitals don't allow NICU visitors.

Love you all.

KDesserich said...

Congratulations from the Desserich's.

Rosie said...

Congrats Baker Family! We are praying that you both recover quickly and that you will soon be able to snuggle with Elliot!

The Ellinger's

bikurgurl said...

You are such a strong woman and we are so happy for you all!! We love you and are wishing for a speedy recovery for both you and baby Elliot :) We're SO thrilled for you and hope you get some much needed rest and space you need to recover :)

Tell Zane and Noah congratulations on being big brothers -- boys are such precious gems and it takes strong, loving women like you to guide them to be the men they were destined to be!!

We love you all :)

Kelly and the BOYS :)

Weylin and Tori said...

Congratulations on Elliot! He really does look great! Are you sure all he weighs is 7 lbs 14 oz? You are in our prayers for speedy recoveries! Carrie, you are such a strong person and I don't who else could make humor out of all that has unexpectedly happened! I love it! If there is anything we can do from Michigan, please let us know!!!

The Douglas'

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful boy - but he was to be a GIRL! ;-)

My Noah had the breathing, wet lung issues and ductus not closing - aye - yes it could be worse but wouldn't it be nice not to have any issues?

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers,

Sky + Carla said...

Welcome to the world Elliot Joseph!!!
We are praying for you and your mommy to recover good and quick so you can go home with your fam.

~ Carla