Monday, June 9, 2008
Happy birthday Audrey Lee! You were born this evening at 5:33 pm and weighed in at 7 lbs, 3.5 oz and were 18.5" long! We had a tough time during the delivery...you silly girl were what they call an OP brow baby. That means you came face up instead of face down and head back instead of chin tucked. We pushed for a long time and both of us were trying so hard...we are fortunate we didn't have to do a C-Section. As soon as you were born they took you away to suction your lungs, which I was prepared for, but they didn't bring you back for about 30 minutes. When I was pregnant with you, I couldn’t sleep in the very early mornings and watched baby deliveries on the Discovery Health Channel and The Learning Channel every morning. So when they didn’t bring you back for over 20 minutes I knew something was wrong. Jesus helped to keep me calm until the OB and your neonatalogist came back in to let me know what was happening. You have a cleft palate, which is a hole in the soft tissue of the palate in your mouth, a recessed chin, and a small tongue. All of these are going to make sucking and eating difficult for you, but nothing we can’t overcome. You also have a tiny little extra finger on your right hand--it shouldn't even count as a finger it is so tiny! One day soon the doctors will tie a string around it and it will pop off easily and no one would ever know. And one of your feet is turned out a little. None of these things alone would cause much concern, but together it makes the doctors think there might be a bigger issue. A full work up is going to be done to test all the other parts of your body. I was allowed to hold you for one quick minute, then they took you and Daddy away to get you weighed, measured, and cleaned up real good.
The nurses wouldn't let me get out of bed to see you until 6 hours postpartum. As soon as I could at 11:45pm, Daddy took me upstairs to see you (that is when this picture was taken). You were laid out on the warmer in just your little diaper. Already you looked so much better than the quick minute I was allowed to see you in the delivery room. Your swelling has gone down some, but you still have a long way to go and your head is so bruised and scraped up. Poor baby. You have birthmarks on your forehead, the back of your head and the back of your neck. You have the most precious little voice and when you cry it just melts our hearts.