05 May, 2006

The new baby

Thankyou to everyone for all the good wishes about the new baby. Things didn't really go according to mum's birth plan (which said that in the most extreme case she'd take the gas). She ended up labouring for 22 hours, had every drug offered and ended up having a caesarean. The most effective pain relief was the bath with a high(ish) pressure shower nozzle on her back and stomach. This was more effective than even the epidural, which didn't work. I repeat, she had a c-section and the epidural didn't work. So delivering baby hurt. A lot. My heart goes out to her for all she went through, and all she wanted. But when it was discovered that he was 4.6kg (10lb 3oz) and 51cm long, with a HUGE head, everyone soon figured that this child was never going to enter the world the conventional way.

Many big babies have problems maintaining their blood sugar levels and this little (big) guy is no exception. He's been on a glucose drip since a few hours after birth and, all going well, he'll be off that by tomorrow night. This picture may look nasty, but it's just the canula on his tiny hand. He looks like a mutant in the special care unit because all his room mates are at least half his size. Though this doesn't mean their lungs don't work just as well....

7 Comments:

Blogger Alice said...

I hope the little fellow and his mother are doing well. It took me a while to find him behind all the tubes, etc. Does he have a name yet?

9:31 pm  
Blogger Tanya said...

Kai

9:39 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

I'm glad you were there Tanya to assist Jo in the way that you did. It's sad that she had such a difficult time, but thankfully the memories will fade (believe it or not) and she will have the joy of caring for her little son.

I'm proud of you for being such a good friend.

9:40 pm  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

The birth sounded like quite an ordeal for your friend and we're all glad that the labor is over for her and now she just needs to concentrate on healing from her C-section and caring for her little bundle of Joy. He may be a big baby, but he's still a little bundle of joy.

11:21 pm  
Blogger shellyC said...

Oh yes...canulas in little hands...a familiar sight!

Glad he is doing well. Hugs to you and Jo and big welcome to gorgeous baby Kai.

7:10 am  
Blogger Kerri said...

Good grief Charlie Brown!!! All I can say is ouch! That poor girl. It must've been hard for you too, to watch her endure all that pain for so long. And to not have the epidural work? That's the pits. I'm glad the little guy was finally delivered OK and both mum and baby are mostly fine. Have you Caught up on your sleep yet Tanya?
Good on ya Mate! And the mum too :) Congratulations to all!

10:17 pm  
Blogger Wendy A said...

Ooouch! It is all still to fresh in my mind. I think natural child birth should be illegal. It is all to common that it ends in a C-secttion.
I am sure she is in baby heaven at the moment.

7:13 pm  

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