Ethan arrived at 12:48 pm today. He weighed 6 lbs 13 oz and was 19 3/4 inches long. We were trying for a vaginal delivery but my blood pressure was dropping (thanks to a wonderful epidural) and Ethan was not handling labor well. His heart rate dropped dangerously low so we proceeded to a c-section. I was scared but a wonderful nurse stayed with me and kept me calm until the section was underway. I'm finally in my own room. The hospital is terribly busy so I didn't get into my room until after 5:00.
I am so grateful that everything is going as well as it is. Ethan was pink and crying at birth. After a quick check over by the neonatology team, I got to hold him for about 5 minutes. The cardiology team was with him all afternoon and we should get the results from the tests they ran soon. As of now, Ethan is breathing room air with a pulse ox of around 85. He has required no medications. I feel so blessed by my father in heaven. I know that He is watching out for us. The spirit was strong in the delivery room and has given me feelings of peace all afternoon. Your prayers and faith are helping to sustain us so please continue your prayers or add us to them. Things couldn't be going better for Ethan right now. I can't wait to get to go downstairs to see him.
I was able to hold down some ice chips and apple juice and will be able to eat something at midnight. They will also take out my catheter so that I can get in a wheelchair to see Ethan. I am going to see him in just a few hours!