Dr decided on Thursday that Charlie was "better out than in." So, after another round of hurried phone calls, I was prepped for emergency C-Section and Charlie was born at 7:23pm! He cried after being pulled out and his scores were all normal. We only saw him briefly through the porthole and they whisked him off to the NICU (Neonatal Intesive Care Unit.)
Friday they put me on the Magnesium drip again because I am still considered pre-eclampsic and will continue to be for the next few days. Doug was able to see Charlie right away as did Roman and all Grandparents. I was able to see him this afternoon when they brought him down for five minutes. They layed Charlie and me "skin to skin." It just brought a big smile to my face and he calmed right down. Guess there is some truth to that bonding feeling!
Charlie was on a CPAP (continous positive airway pressure) for about 12 hours but he's been pulled off and he is breathing on his own. He's been getting IV fluids but we are going to try bottle fluids on Saturday. He's got a head full of strawberry blond hair and very long fingers! He appears to be a fighter having pulled out his CPAP twice and attempting the various IV's as well!
I've been moved (finally!) to a post-partum room where I will be until discharged early to mid next week. I also walked for the first time this evening. They are still watching my blood pressure to make sure my pre-eclampsia doesn't worsen. The next few days will be hit or miss as I plan on spending lots of time with Charlie in the NICU. So don't panic if I don't answer the phone or don't write e-mails.
This blog was dictated by Amy to Doug as she is in a bit of a fog right now!