Just wanted to let you all know, our little Boy arrived almost 2 weeks early on 9th Aug. We named him Vladimir or Vlad for short and he weighs 2.7kg.
Vlad came into this world with a bang!
I went into labour at home almost 2 weeks early on Wed evening. We arrived at the hospital at 4am on Thurs morning and the midwife straight away noticed he was in distress on the monitor. She called my OB and a theatre team in for an emergency c-section.
When Vlad was delivered, his cord was wrapped round his neck a few times and as he had been so distressed he had pooed a lot of meconium and ingested some.
Theatre went off, people buzzing about, they began CPR as out little guy wasn't able to breathe properly because of the ingested meconium, they also had to intubated him 3 times to clear his airways of that dreaded poo! And were bagging him to help him breathe. OB was shouting for them to call into the hospital a pediatrician.
Meanwhile, we haven't heard him cry - no one will tell us what's happening and it was chaos. As you can imagine I was a wreck, hubby was pale as a ghost and we couldn't see him.
I for sure thought he was dead - until I heard a whimper, then when they said we are helping him breathe, I was praying for him not to have any brain or lung damage.
They raced him out of the room before we could see him and we waited for 40 mins while I was sewn back together. Hubby was taken to see him while I spent 2 hours in recovery.
Vlad went to the NICU and was put on oxygen, had his tummy pumped and was poked and prodded, xrayed and whatnot.
It was an anxious few hours to hear that he had not sustained and brain damage, but he was still unable to breathe correctly.
His paed is wonderful, he has given Vlad a load of X-rays and has done a bunch of blood work, and various tests to rule out one by one any serious conditions over the past 2 days.
Just yesterday he concluded, that other than still having erratic breathing and making very strange grunting/whimpering noises he is perfect!
The new theory is the breathing issues and grunting is caused by the fact that when they did the emergency intubation a few times to clear out the meconium, they damaged his throat and epiglottis, which is that dangly / flappy area at the back of your throat - causing the erratic breathing and strange sounds. We are waiting to see if his body resolves the inflammation on its own.
For now he must stay in his humidicrib in special care. He has a feeding tube which they are feeling him formula till my milk comes in and continue on antibiotics to ensure any infection that may be there is treated.
Fingers crossed this new theory is correct, if so he will be off the antibiotics and allowed out of his humidicrib to try to breastfeed and or for cuddles in a few days time.
For now, nobody is allowed to see him except us and his Grandparents. BUT only hubby and I can touch him - but even we are on a strict 3 times per day roster for that.
It's very difficult, but we must now just wait and pray.