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Eleanor's Birth

2014.06.11
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We were told to arrive for Eleanor's induction on Monday, June 9, at 5 a.m., so we drove to the hospital in the dark on a rainy morning. Here we go!
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For all of my doctor appointments and monitoring during pregnancy, I would go to the Maternal Fetal Center, the door on the right. On this morning, for Eleanor's birth, we checked into Women's Urgent Care, the door on the left.
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Our labor and delivery room.
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The induced labor was very slow, up until the point that it became very fast for the final 45 minutes. I was rushed to the OR for the final stage of pushing so that we would be close to where the NICU team was staged, ready to assess Eleanor right after birth.
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The NICU team whisked Eleanor away immediately, but Craig was able to snap this quick picture. It was very hard not to be able to hold her or see her right after birth, but we knew she needed the emergency care immediately.
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The NICU team assessing Eleanor in a room across the hall from the OR where I had delivered her.
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Craig was allowed back to take a few pictures and be with Eleanor. At this point, they thought she was doing okay and her color looked better than everyone had expected.
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7 lbs, 13 oz. Craig said he took this picture so that he would remember the numbers when he knew I'd ask.
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A few glimpses of her face before they had to intubate her. She wasn't breathing consistently enough, so they put her on a ventilator. She remained on the vent for the first 5 days of her life. It's disturbing for us to see her face on the ventilator, so we will limit the number and type of pictures that we post publically from this period on.
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Looking back at Mommy across the hall, recovering in the OR and anxiously awaiting news of Eleanor.
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Beautiful, long fingers and fingernails.
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We had to wait an excruciating 6 hours to get a chance to see our girl again after she was taken away by the NICU team. Here we are reunited with her in the PCICU at 9 p.m. on her birth day. Her stats dropped dramatically after she was taken to the NICU, and she was rushed to a catheter procedure to increase the oxygen mixing in her blood. We only later learned just how close we were to losing her that night. It was so precious to see her again, although we were overwhelmed by the sight of our little baby like this.
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Holding Mommy's finger for the first time.
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Adorable little toes
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The next morning, Grandpa and Grandma Southwood came to visit and bring Lila to see Mommy and Daddy at the hospital. It would be some time before Lila could meet her little sister, because of the visitation rules at the PCICU.
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But Lila did get a special bag of gifts from her new baby sister. She would always pat her stomach and say "doc" when I would leave for my doctor's appointments, so she somewhat understood that we were away at the hospital a lot. So, I got her a Doc McStuffins bag. She likes this character, even though she's never seen the TV show.
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Opening her special card from Eleanor
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"Most Awesome Sister"
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Hugging her "I'm a Big Sister" teddy bear. It was sweet to see Lila and have some normal moments with her, in the midst of all the emotion and worry over Eleanor.
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We knew Eleanor would be a strong girl, and she was already demonstrating she had a strong grip, at one day old!
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Spending time bedside at the PCICU would become a normal routine for the next two weeks...
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Pretty flowers and balloons from the Careys.
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I was still recovering from giving birth, so Craig would wheel me down to the PCICU from our recovery room to see Eleanor in this wheelchair.
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Discharge Day. It's a strange and disconcerting experience to give birth and leave the hospital, even just temporarily, without your baby. But, after a short trip back to the apartment, we were back to the PCICU later that day to see Eleanor. More posts to come on the weeks to follow...
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We're finally back home and have been going through the 1,000+ pictures from our last month since Eleanor's birth. I'll be posting a few installments of our Photoblog to try to cover these last important weeks.
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