Pardon the pjs, I said to Ben, "better take a picture juuuust in case this baby is actually born today." This was just minutes before my water broke.
Fresh baby--nothing like it.
Look at those shining eyes! Katie is completely smitten.
My heart is full
Still not all the way awake....
Everything went well for the first initial hours after Eleanor was born; the kids and my parents came up to see her a while later and Katie couldn't be more in love. Her eyes were just shining! Emma was full of questions and Alex patted my belly and said, "All done baby? all done?"
Before the midwives left at 8am, they took Eleanor's vitals again and her temperature was too low for their liking. That can be a sign of infection, so we put her skin to skin with lots of blankets to see if that would regulate it again. The midwife came back an hour later, but her temperature still hadn't gone up so we went to the hospital to get it checked out. Babies can get sick very very quickly, so one doesn't waste time. The doc was concerned with her temperature and she was also very lethargic and not responding appropriately to stimulation. The poor girl just lay there as they poked and prodded and took blood and started an IV. It was heartbreaking to watch. It was clear that something was not right, so they started her on two antibiotics to cover a range of issues. They also attempted a lumbar puncture to see if there was an infection in the spinal fluid. This wasn't successful as they couldn't get any fluid. She was put into an isolate bed which is temperature controlled to keep her warm. Within hours of starting the antibiotics she was already improving and kept improving each time we saw her.
All the blood cultures came back negative for which we are very, very thankful. Even though they don't have actual proof, based on her symptoms and how well she responded to the antibiotics, the doctors are assuming she had GBS sepsis. Group B Strep is a natural bacteria found in your digestive system and comes and goes. It's only an issue when you're pregnant however. I was positive for this and usually that means IV antibiotics for me before labour. However, as you read above, there was no time for antibiotics before she was born. Also, GBS infection is very low risk when having such quick deliveries. I was also GBS positive with Emma and Alex (Emma I had one dose of antibiotics before she was born and Alex nothing) but they were both healthy with no issues.
So we spent a week in the hospital while Eleanor received IV antibiotics several times a day. She was in the isolate unit until Monday and hooked up to the monitors until Tuesday when she was moved from the Special Care Nursery to my private room down the hall.
We've been very blessed to have our own room, bathroom and be down the hall from any busyness going on in the unit. The docs have been great and the majority of nurses wonderful and helpful.
Eleanor thankfully hasn't seemed too bothered by all the goingson. Her first IV lasted a long time and when it failed was moved to the other arm. The second IV failed in the middle of the night and when she wouldn't nurse I checked the sight and could tell right away it was no good anymore. Her poor hand and arm was all swollen, hot and red. I got the nurse right away and we walked down to the nursery to get it taken out. Thankfully the swelling subsided pretty quickly and they were able to put the IV in her foot. It bothered her much less there and she had both hands free to chomp on. I'm hoping she'll find her thumb soon!
She's a bit fussier and seems to have some tummy trouble and pukes quite a bit. I'm hoping that's just a result of the antibiotics and that it'll settle down once they're out of her system.
She's had a bit of trouble gaining weight, but that's typical of my kids. They drop a bit more than average, but then turn the corner and take off. Eleanor seemed to be the same and just before we left the hospital she started gaining.
We are so in love with our little peanut and can't imagine our family without her now. God has blessed us richly!