This is Erin bright and early at 7:30 this morning! Isn't she beautiful!
This is Clara sometime this afternoon after we flipped her to her back. From this point on she started improving consistently.
This is the beautiful girl after she has been brought back up to see her Mom!
What a day it has been today! So you don't get confused this is Aaron. We started off bright and early at 6:00, that is as much as we could sleep in this morning. Arrived at 8:00, got checked in. We were scheduled to in for the surgery at 10:00, that ended up being closer to 11:30. This is the small price we play for having an amazing doctor. Things went great until Clara was born. At this point we started to have some concerns. There was fluid in her lungs, as is fairly common with babies delivered via c-section. We kept her in the delivery room hoping her oxygen saturation would climb up above 92%. She was unable to do this.
So they brought us down the elevator to the transition room. For those unaware, as was I, the transition room is a half-way room between the delivery room and the NICU. If we stayed on oxygen for three hours she would be admitted to the NICU. This was the same NICU where we said good-bye to Noah. This brought back many uneasy feelings for me and I was hoping it didn't come to this for Clara. Typically babies only stay at this particular transition room for three hours. At the 2 hour 45 minute mark the nurse was able to remove the oxygen and her numbers were decent, not ideal but manageable. So this bought us some more time. After another two hours her numbers were consistently where they needed to be and we were finally able to come see Momma! What a beautiful sight to see Clara in her momma's arms! I did not leave her side from the time she was delivered until she was able to see her mother. It was 5 1/2 hours after she was born, but it honestly only seemed about 30 minutes to me.
She is healthy and beautiful! She was 7lbs 12oz, 20 1/2" long. She has dark brown hair and is absolutely perfect! As I am typing this tonight Erin is feeling pretty well, sleepy, but well. I am beyond content with the blessings that God has provided us. I am looking forward to the next chapter that lies before our family. Thanks goes out to all of those who have offered prayers for us! I do not know where we would be without those prayers. I love you guys and I am about to go hold my darling little girl!