CC I hope I'm not stealing your thunder, great to see all these new coal apprentices coming into the world!
Good morning all my coal burning friends. I'd like to announce the birth of my daughter Leah and give you all a fine cigar. Leah actually came into the world at 10:09 PM on 1/3, and your cigar is long overdue. The hospital experience was a wild ride, we recently learned my wife developed cholestasis, she actually demanded test be done for it after reading online in response to her itching symptoms. We received 1 test result back before x-mas that was negative, then the thurs before new years we get another 1 that says positive, and they want her induced in 1 week (1/5, Leah wasn't due till 1/25). The doctors office says if you feel less than 4 baby movements over the weekend then you need to go to t the ER because the baby could be poisoned, so were were on pins and needles all through the long weekend and that mon was a holiday. Finally tues morning they put my wife on the monitor's, and there are some dips in baby's heart rate, so off we go from the doctors to the labor and delivery ward at the hopital, back on the monitors she goes. One of the resident docs comes in and I ask what is a bad liver Bile acid level, she says above 40, my wife is in the mid 30's, then she proceeds to tell us the problem with cholestasis is it can poison the baby suddenly without warning and there is no black and white comfort level of bile acid in the blood to predict this. So I say well this is BS, she;s scheduled to be induced in 2 days so just do it today. They agree and give my wife the meds, finally after about 8 hrs and minimal dilation, the doc says C-section due to continued dips in baby's heart rate. Leah is born at 10:09 PM, then after wards my wife's BP is spiking 187/98, the docs say they may have to treat with mag sulfate, a pretty nasty treatment, so she pleads with them to wait and finally her pressures start coming back down. Then on wed we get a call from her doc's office, we made a mistake, we don't want you to come in 1/5 to be induced, we want you to come in today, 1/4. MY Wife says I had my baby yesterday, she hears oh *censored* in the background, they say congrats and that's it.
Leah was 6-lb 8oz, 18.5 in long. First grandchild to both of our parents, and first great granddaughter to my grandparents (they really were hoping girl) we didn't find out early, I got to announce the Sex in the operating room. The experience was pretty stressful, but it sure is an awesome feeling. We've all been home now for sightly more than a week, mom is recovering well and baby is feeding nicely.
I Sure am glad I have cheap heat + hot water to satisfy all the ladies in the house!
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