Our beautiful baby Isabella Natalia came into this world at 551 pm on Wed 04/20/2011, via C section, at 29 weeks and 5 days gestation. She was 3 lbs 6 oz at birth and 17 1/2 inches long. The Doctors decided that due to the pre eclampsia and my body not giving her the nutrients she needed with in the womb that she would be safer in an incubator. And that we were better off delivering while baby and mom were still healthy and baby was not under stress. Also the condition is a leading cause of in utero deaths so it was not worth the risk of waiting any longer.
I am so grateful for my amazing team of doctors, and the surgery itself went pretty well. It was a very full room with 6 people there to tend after the baby and 6 people to care for me during the surgery. We had been told not to expect to hear her cry, so it was such a comforting surprise to hear her very teeny tiny little cries when she was born. I was not able to not see her at all when she was first born and Julio barely caught a glimpse of her before they carried her off the the adjacent room to make sure she was stable. However as soon as she was breathing Ok he was able to go over to take a picture and bring it back to me, as they worked on closing me up. When I was in recovery they were able to wheel her into me on the way back to the NICU. I was not able to touch her as I was too numb to move and could not quite reach. However she responded to my voice and seemed to reach her little teeny tiny hand towards me!
I was than taken back to my room and settled in, and was not capable of going to see her until about 1130 PM when my legs finally resumed feeling. I selfishly made everyone else wait to see her as I wanted the chance to first! Well other than daddy- of course Julio made a few trips down there to track her progress. Finally me, Julio Diana and Grandma were able to make it down into her room. It was so incredible to see her tiny self in that incubator, and I was able to at least touch her and talk to her a little bit.
It has been a very crazy week and still feels totally unreal sometimes. When they come in to check on me I feel like the should still be hooking me to monitors to listen to baby before I realize she is not there anymore! It has been very frustrating and emotional to not be able to be down there all the time due to my own recovery, and not yet able to hold her. However I am so grateful for a husband who is so in love with his baby girl already! He has spent a lot of time down there checking on her, and taking people back to see her. He was even able to hold her up while they cleaned her crib yesterday morning. Also he has been taking great care of me as well, we have been keeping him running!
So far Bella’s health is doing pretty well and pretty much what they expected. They did have to give her an injection of surfaxin into her lungs yesterday to help with her breathing. Yesterday morning she was requiring oxygen, but since the injection her oxygen levels have been great! She is on the CPAP machine which goes into her nose and pushes air into her lungs to keep them from closing. This also requires her to have a chin strap on to keep her mouth closed so the air does not just escape. The good news is that now she is just getting room level air through the machine and not needing any additional oxygen. The expect her to be on the CPAP for a couple of weeks.
They also began feeding her the colostrum I have been able to get from pumping through a tube into her belly. They say that she seems to be tolerating it well and has been peeing and pooping as they expect! She did go down 4 oz yesterday so she is now at 3 lbs 2 oz but that is to be expected in the first couple of days, so we are trying not to worry! We are hoping and praying my milk will come in today so they can start to use that as well. If not there is other options of donor milk and/or formula.
It was pretty neat, last night I got to be down there during “hat check” which is when they take off her CPAP machine and hat and clean everything and her down. It was great to see her face and head uncovered. Also she was able to hold on to my finger, her little hand barely can reach around my index finger but it was so sweet! Today we are hoping to be able to hold her. They said I could last night but that it might be a little much for her since she had a lot of stimulus that day with the injection. So we decided to wait until today. I am so excited but terrified to finally get to hold her. She is so tiny and frail looking that it will be intimidating, but I am so ready to finally get to have her in my arms!
Watching the miracle of her tiny body has really had these verses on my mind the last couple of days. Psalms 139:13-14, how amazing that God creating every little detail of Isabella and knows everything she needs! And how amazing that he gave the doctors and nurses the knowledge and compassion to provide such incredible care for her! Thanks to God for his comfort, peace and providence!
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.